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Presence of Hispanics 'a blessing' for church, says professor

With the growing population of Hispanics, the Catholic church is faced with "an immense task," Boston College theology professor Hosffman Ospino told a San Antonio symposium.

"How do we evangelize, how do we hand on the faith that we have received to the next generation of Catholics that will be transforming the American Catholic experience in this century," he said.

Adventists stay the course, vote to deny women's ordination

Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors.

The vote at their 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio was 1,381 to 977. It was largely influenced by delegates from Africa and South America who often have more conservative views on women's ordination than Adventists in other regions.

Five Texas missions, including the Alamo, declared World Heritage Sites


Five centuries-old Spanish missions in Texas newly declared as World Heritage Sites by a U.N. agency "have helped to shape the face of San Antonio," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

"They are still a haven of culture and history," he said in a statement Monday. "We especially value that they continue as active parishes of the archdiocese, where hundreds of families on the city's south side continue to gather for prayer within the original walls, which many dedicated persons have worked to preserve over the years."

Texas Catholic Conference disappointed by court ruling on abortion law


The Texas Catholic Conference expressed disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Monday that temporarily blocks Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics that would force many of them to close.

The Texas law requires the clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers when performing abortions. Other provisions of the law, such as requiring abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks gestation, were not affected.

5th Circuit says HHS accommodation on mandate not a burden on religion

The religious rights of faith-based entities -- including the dioceses of Fort Worth and Beaumont, Texas, and the University of Dallas -- are not substantially burdened by the process to receive an accommodation from the federal government to avoid participating in a health care mandate for contraceptive coverage, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

Vatican newspaper blasts Muhammad cartoons as pouring 'gasoline on the fire'

The Vatican's semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad as "blasphemous" but also condemned the "mad and bloodthirsty" extremists who opened fire at a Texas exhibit of the cartoons.

The front-page article in L'Osservatore Romano likened the exhibit in Garland, Texas, to pouring "gasoline on the fire" of religious sensitivities and was critical of its sponsors, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and professional provocateur Pamela Geller.

Breakaway Episcopalians win Texas church property fight

For the second time in as many months, a state court has sided with a group of breakaway Episcopalians, ruling that they can keep their property after leaving the national church in 2008 over sharp differences on homosexuality and the authority of Scripture.

Judge John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court in Tarrant County, Texas, ruled Monday that more than 60 parishes in greater Fort Worth can retain their property and remain independent of the Episcopal Church.


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September 25-October 8, 2015


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