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Cardinal announces school closures, mergers in Chicago archdiocese

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In a major restructuring, the Chicago archdiocese announced Wednesday that 14 elementary schools would be closed or merged at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year.

"This restructuring is the result of our ongoing efforts to strengthen and support sustainable Catholic schools over the long term," said Thomas McGrath, chief operating officer for Catholic schools. "Although difficult in the immediate term, we know taking these steps will increase access for families and students to excellent Catholic school education, now and in the future."

Ebola prompts hands-off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas

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The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the "Our Father."

These are but a few of the guidelines the diocese of Fort Worth -- not far from the Dallas hospital where three Ebola cases have been diagnosed -- has sent to its parishes to calm fears about the deadly disease and to prevent the spread of flu.

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