In New Year’s message, Pope Francis urges halt to violence, discord, calls for peace

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Welcoming in a new year, Pope Francis said it was time to stop provoking and ignoring violence, tragedy and conflict in the world, and begin building peace at home. “Justice and peace at home, among us — you begin at home and then you move on to all of humanity. But we have …

USCCB asks president for exemption from fines over ACA compliance

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines related to health insurance requirements while legal challenges work their way through the courts. “The administration’s flexibility in implementing the (Affordable Care Act) has not yet reached those who want only to exercise what has …