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Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy
President Donald Trump is seen with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House June 20 prior to signing an executive order to halt the separation of families. CNS photo/Leah Millis, Reuters

President Donald Trump is seen with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House June 20 prior to signing an executive order to halt the separation of families. CNS photo/Leah Millis, Reuters

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration's family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention – even if they are with their parents – for more than 20 days. The executive order instructs the attorney general to seek federal court permission to modify the consent decree.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Recent Galleries, Videos

6/22/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Bishop hosts retreat for first-time pastors/parish administrators
6/20/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Msgr. Brady Retirement Mass

6/11/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. Mary of the Lakes, Medford, 75th Anniversary Mass

6/6/2018 - PHOTO GALLERIES -- 2018 High School Baccalaureate Masses/Commencement Exercises

6/5/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- Corpus Christi Procession in Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton
6/4/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2018 Priest Ordination -- Blessing of Chalices, Entrance Procession, Liturgy of the Word

6/4/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2018 Priest Ordination -- Rite of Ordination, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Blessing of Bishop

6/4/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- 2018 Priest Ordination -- Congratulations and First Blessings
6/3/2018 - PHOTO GALLERY -- St. John Vianney Softball - State Title Win
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Monday, April 2, 2018
Our Diocese | Our Church | World & Nation
Young adults flock to Princeton for Theology on Tap with Bishop O'Connell
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., returned to Theology on Tap in Princeton June 20 for fellowship with young adults of the Diocese, and a discussion that laid bare the realities of the Church by the numbers and what role young adults have to play. More ...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Monitor earns five awards from Catholic Press Association
The Monitor, newspaper of the Diocese of Trenton, was honored with five awards and an honorable mention during the Catholic Press Association’s annual three-day Catholic Media Conference, including a first-place award for Best Reporting on Vocations and third-place recognition for Newspaper of the Year. More ...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Feature Stories | Youth / Young Adults | Arts & Media
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
NEW YORK -- Apparently, it's time to check in again with everybody's favorite prehistoric era, because here comes "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" (Universal). More ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Incredibles 2
NEW YORK -- The first family of superheroes returns in "Incredibles 2" (Disney), the highly anticipated sequel to a much-loved 2004 animated film. More ...

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Our Faith
Faith Alive | The Word | Readers' Prayer Circle
FAITH ALIVE -- 'Humanae Vitae' at 50 years
Fifty years after its promulgation, the encyclical "Humanae Vitae" has been labeled "prophetic." More ...

Friday, June 22, 2018
June 24 - John the Baptist points us in the direction of salvation
Not many celebrations in the liturgical calendar are so important that they interrupt the normal cycle of Sundays. However, this Sunday, June 24, is one of them. More ...

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Community Roundup
St. Francis celebrates second year of mentoring program
St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, recently hosted a year-end luncheon to celebrate the second year of its Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor program. The celebration included lunch, trivia games and testimonials from the 24 mentors and 18 students. More ...

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Pope Francis
Broken world needs Christian unity, pope tells Christian leaders at WCC
GENEVA -- Not only God, but today's broken, divided world is begging for unity among Christians, Pope Francis said on an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva. More ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Monday, April 22, 2013
From the Bishop
A message from Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M. -- Taking the opportunity to express our love for our dads
Like many veterans of World War II who lived through its conflicts and loss of life, my Dad didn’t talk a lot about what he witnessed.  More ...

Friday, June 15, 2018
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SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi iconographer honors his Syriac roots
BEIRUT  -- When Islamic State fighters overran Qaraqosh, Iraq, in the summer of 2014, Mothana Butres was able to grab only a single volume from his father's collection of thousands of Syriac books and manuscripts. More ...

Friday, June 22, 2018
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Friday, June 1, 2018
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One, holy, catholic
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of "Humanae Vitae." The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold.  More ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Taking a public health crisis seriously
The recent tragic deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have dramatized what The New York Times calls the "public health crisis" of suicide. More ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018
What's Happening
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6/30/2018  - SPLASH Community Service Retreat
7/4/2018   - Blood drive
7/4/2018   - The Life of St. Teresa of Avila

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Friday, June 15, 2018
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