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Parochial Schools Face Closures in New Jersey

7-9-14
Many parochial schools in New Jersey are facing closure because of declining enrollment.
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Alleged Victims of Church Sex Abuse Want More Action

7-8-14
Although Pope Francis apologized to victims of sex abuse who suffered from members of the Catholic Church, those who suffered say more needs to be done.

Massachusetts Catholic diocese gets new bishop

7-3-14
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River in Massachusetts has a new bishop. Pope Francis on Thursday appointed The Rev. Edgar Moreira da Cunha, currently an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, as the ...

Newark church next to home where 6 died is robbed

6-30-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The pastor of a Newark church that is next-door to a home where a family of six died in a fire earlier this month says his church has been robbed. The Rev. James Johnson, who runs Tree of Life Ministries, says he showed up for ...

Man pleads guilty in religious divorce case

6-23-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Brooklyn man characterized by the FBI as an enforcer has pleaded guilty to taking part in a plan to use violence to force a Jewish man to give his wife a religious divorce. Sholom Shuchat pleaded guilty in federal court in ...

Gov. Christie cites his anti-abortion credentials

6-20-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Christie is calling attention to his anti-abortion credentials in a speech to religious conservative critics in Washington just hours before he campaigns in New Hampshire. The Republican governor from New Jersey — a ...

Jackson board rejects Jewish high school

6-19-14
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Jackson Township's zoning board has voted unanimously to reject a plan to build a 400-student all-girls orthodox Jewish high school. The board on Wednesday night questioned the size of the land, the impact on traffic ...

New director appointed for Berlin Jewish Museum

6-19-14
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's Jewish Museum has chosen a professor of Jewish studies and religion to succeed its founding director, who is stepping down later this year. The museum's governing council said Thursday that Peter Schaefer, who has taught at ...

Former priest pleads guilty in sex abuse case

6-18-14
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A former Catholic priest has been sentenced to two concurrent 12-year sentences after admitting that he molested three teenage boys in the 1980s. Gerald J. Howard, who also was known as Carmine Sita, admitted Tuesday that he ...

National Cathedral to host Rolling Thunder bikers

5-23-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington National Cathedral has a soft spot for the motorcyclist group Rolling Thunder and their mission for veterans. On Friday, the church will host a special "Blessing of the Bikes" as part of an initiative to honor those ...