Local News

Regina sophomore founds nonprofit for sick children

Sarah Maisano, 15, a sophomore at Regina High School and founder of the nonprofit organization Supporting Kids in Pain, displays some of the hand-sewn fabric bags in which she and her family send care items to hospitalized children.

Principal: Sarah Maisano’s efforts ‘what Catholic education is all about’ Warren — Sarah Maisano “wanted just to help as many children as possible,” so the sophomore at Regina High School in Warren hatched a plan. For a 15-year-old, starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization might initially sound far-fetched. But Maisano, founder and president of S.K.I.P. Supporting…

Nation/World

HHS issues new rules for opting out of mandate; diocese wins injunction

The headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seen in Washington in this file photo. The department Feb. 1 issued revised regulations related to the contraception mandate and religious concerns under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. U.S. bishops had lambasted the mandate as violating religious freedom. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

WASHINGTON — In new actions related to the federal contraceptive mandate, the Obama administration has announced rules allowing religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of coverage they oppose on moral grounds, and the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has won a permanent injunction against enforcement of the mandate. Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt praised…

The Vatican