Catholic Church en Area Catholics mark the retirement of Pope Benedict <p>As Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican today for the last time as pope, some Catholics in central New York were taking note.&nbsp; A mass of Thanksgiving at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in downtown Syracuse marked the end Pope Benedict's ministry. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:01:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34069 at Area Catholics mark the retirement of Pope Benedict Syracuse Bishop reacts to Pope Benedict's resignation <p>The 285,000 Roman Catholics in the Syracuse Diocese are among those digesting Monday's news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.<br> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:52:36 +0000 Ellen Abbott 33231 at Syracuse Bishop reacts to Pope Benedict's resignation Catholics worry about provisions in women's equality act <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a Women’s Equality Act has been praised by many legislators and women’s groups. But not everybody is applauding. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 05:53:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 32078 at Catholic faith affects voters differently <p>As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote? &nbsp;Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep. &nbsp;Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum. Sun, 04 Nov 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 28557 at Syracuse "nuns on the bus" oppose Republican budget proposal <div>The Republican federal budget proposal is being targeted by a Washington-based movement called Nuns on the Bus. Earlier this month, a group of nuns and others from local faith communities traveled around Syracuse in a school bus to spread their message in solidarity with the movement. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:51:53 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25143 at Syracuse "nuns on the bus" oppose Republican budget proposal The Roman Catholic Church plans "Fortnight for Freedom" <p>The Roman Catholic Church is using the two weeks running up to the Fourth of July for prayer and advocacy as it continues it&#39;s fight against the federal Health and Human Services Department mandate that would force some Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraception.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:53:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 21281 at Other churches join protest against health care law <div><p>The Roman Catholic Church continues it&#39;s opposition to the Affordable Care Act clause that requires employers to pay for birth control, a practice the church opposes.&nbsp; But the fight has gone beyond the confines of the Catholic Church.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 13:17:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20723 at Gov. Cuomo: Minimum wage hike is dubious <p>The Catholic Church is weighing in on raising the state&rsquo;s minimum wage, but Governor Andrew Cuomo says the chances of an increase becoming law are &quot;dubious.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 13:49:45 +0000 Karen DeWitt 18703 at