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Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

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The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

The unexpected decision by the justices, announced without further explanation, immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.

Feds grant $4.2 million in funds for legal aid to unaccompanied minors

For the first time, federal funding will help pay for unaccompanied minor immigrants to get legal assistance, including through Catholic agencies that will receive a little more than half of $4.2 million in grants for this fiscal year.

An additional $4.8 million will be allocated for the legal program for the 2015 fiscal year.

Art forger once posed as Jesuit priest to give his work away

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If you are of the mind that it is better to give than to receive, then this story is for you.

It has to do with Mark Landis. He has spent much of his adult life as an art forger. And he was a good one, as he bounced around easily among different periods and styles in his forgeries.

One thing that was different about Landis was that he gave away his forgeries. That would have put the recipients of his generosity in a pickle, thinking they owned the genuine article only to be rudely surprised should they try to cash in on their good, er, fortune.

Business leaders explore ways to carry Catholic values to the office

Venture capitalist Frank Hanna believes that just because he's a Catholic business owner, his faith and values don't have to be checked at the office door.

If anything, Catholic virtue and a deep feeling of solidarity with colleagues, customers and poor people around the world guide his decision-making to, as Hanna puts it, help humanity flourish.

USCCB president suggests Sept. 28 as day of prayer for upcoming synod

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal day of prayer Sept. 28 for the upcoming synod on the family.

The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will take place Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican.

Kurtz, head of the archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., called the synod as "an important moment for the church and for families."

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