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Faith & Parish
Thomas Jefferson is back in Washington -- in the form of a new edition of the "Jefferson Bible" distributed to politicians by a national humanist organization.
The American Humanist Association has delivered electronic and paperback copies of Jefferson's highly edited version of the Gospels to all incoming members of Congress and to President Barack Obama.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces, N.M., and named as his successor Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Antonio.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the changes Thursday in Washington.
The Diocese of Las Cruces was established in 1982 and Ramirez, now 76, was named its first bishop. Canon law requires bishops to submit their resignations when they turn 75.
Cantu, 46, has been an auxiliary bishop in San Antonio since 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Galante of Camden, N.J., and has named Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Sullivan of New York to succeed him.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S., announced the changes Tuesday in Washington.
Galante, 74, has headed the Camden Diocese since 2004. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of San Antonio, bishop of Beaumont, Texas, and coadjutor bishop of Dallas.
Sullivan, 67, was named auxiliary bishop of New York in 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood in the archdiocese in 1971.
The Vatican reaffirmed its commitment to dialogue with Jews on Monday after the head of a traditionalist breakaway group called them "enemies of the Church."
Meeting the approval of the wider public "is not the criterion to which (bishops) submit," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday at his Epiphany Mass. "Our criterion is the Lord himself."
The Lalanne service-teaching program administered by the University of Dayton provides rookie Catholic school teachers with the environment they need to succeed.
Get ready, sports fans: A new Catholics Come Home "evangomercial" is coming to a TV near you this bowl season.
A scruffy-looking man walked up and down St. Louis' antiques row, trying to peddle an old Bible to store owners, but several thought something was amiss.
Kenez Jakovac of Hammonds Books said he felt the same way, but paid the man $30 for the Bible on Dec. 23. Jakovac said he believed the Bible was worth $500 to $1,000 and he suspected it might be stolen.
He said he did an Internet search the day after Christmas and found a Post-Dispatch story about a special Bible stolen from St. Johns Lutheran Church just days before Christmas services.
Over New Year's, 45,000 people -- mostly young adults -- in the Taize ecumenical community made a pilgrimage to Rome for prayer and reflections on scripture.