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Banks foreclose on churches in record numbers


Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data.


States sue over contraceptives mandate

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Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services.


Santorum criticizes Drudge Report item about 2008 speech

Rick Santorum says he won't back down from a speech in which he said Satan was targeting the U.S.


Pope appoints 22 new Cardinals

Pope Benedict is appointing 22 new cardinals at the Vatican on Saturday, with his choices for the lofty role likely to influence who will be appointed as the next pontiff.


AP sources: Obama revamping birth control policy

Barack Obama

Retreating in the face of a political uproar, President Barack Obama on Friday will announce that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees after all, The Associated Press has learned.


New York Archdiocese Bookkeeper Accused of Stealing $1 Million

A woman who had worked for the Archdiocese of New York in its finance offices was accused of writing checks for nonexistent services and channeling the money to herself.


Corruption scandal shakes Vatican as internal letters leaked

The Vatican was shaken by a corruption scandal Thursday after an Italian television investigation said a former top official had been transferred against his will after complaining about irregularities in awarding contracts.


Conservative Religious Leaders, Seeking Unity, Vote to Back Rick Santorum

A meeting of more than 100 conservative Christian leaders voted on Saturday to support Rick Santorum’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.


Bishop Resigns After Saying He Fathered 2 Children

A Los Angeles bishop has resigned after revealing he is the father of two teenage children, the Vatican announced Wednesday. Gabino Zavala, the auxiliary bishop for the San Gabriel pastoral region, informed his superiors in December that he had fathered two children, who are living out of state with their mother, according to the Catholic News Service.


Eddie Long tells congregation he's taking time off

Eddie Long

Bishop Eddie Long, head of one of the nation's largest mega churches, announced Sunday he will take "time off" from the pulpit to work on his family. The announcement came three days after his wife Vanessa filed for divorce.


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