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US House passes bill to help storm-ravaged houses of worship rebuild

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Many churches "were the only shelter available to people who lost their homes" during Hurricane Sandy, said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., in arguing for federal assistance to help houses of worship still trying to recover from the storm.

On Feb. 13, the House of Representatives passed a bill in a 354-72 vote that will allow Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funding to go to churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other houses of worship.

St. Louis Archdiocese gives up fight for control of breakaway parish

The St. Louis archdiocese will end its appeal of a court decision that removed its control of a disputed Polish church after a yearslong dispute.

In a joint statement issued in response to queries from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, attorneys for the archdiocese and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church said they had resolved their legal struggle.

"The Archdiocese will dismiss its appeal, and the judgment of the trial court is now final," according to the statement issued Wednesday.

Kansas City church celebrates Vietnamese New Year

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A special Mass was held Saturday to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year at the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Kansas City, Mo. The Mass included special gifts as well as a liturgical dance as an offering to God. There were games and food available in the church basement afterward. According to VietnamOnline.com, The Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan, is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. It is a time for people to express their respect and remember their ancestors while bringing in the new year with beloved family members.

Lay group calls for return of Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

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The Council of the Baptized, a 21-member panel of Catholics looking to represent Catholic laity in the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, is calling for the re-establishment of an elected Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

The council would consist of laity, clergy and hierarchy and its purpose would be to “facilitate communication among all baptized Catholics and to consult in pastoral planning to better serve the mission of the Church,” says a press release from the organization dated Jan. 18.

Lutheran pastor apologizes for praying at Newtown vigil

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A Lutheran pastor in Newtown, Conn., has apologized after being reprimanded for participating in an interfaith vigil following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Rev. Rob Morris, pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, prayed at the vigil the Sunday following the Dec. 14 shootings alongside other Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Baha'i clergy.

Morris' church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the denomination's constitution prohibits ministers from participating in services with members of different faiths.

Archbishop praises former Anglicans for their zeal for Catholic faith

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The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a Saturday address in Houston called for a "culture of communion" and the continued path toward reunification.

"Christ's prayer 'that they all might be one' underscores the imperative of seeking full visible unity among Christians," Archbishop Gerhard Muller told a symposium marking the first anniversary of the Catholic church's U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee seeks court relief to avoid financial woes

Almost 25 months into the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee continues to seek an answer to the question it has asked throughout the process: Who is eligible to make a claim?

"How else are you going to satisfy them if you don't know who has a claim?" Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for Archbishop Jerome Listecki, said Jan. 25 to the Catholic Herald, a publication serving the Catholic community in southeastern Wisconsin.

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