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London cardinal call for prayers for victims of Westminster attack
An injured woman is assisted after an attack on Westminster Bridge in London March 22. CNS photo/Toby Melville, Reuters
An injured woman is assisted after an attack on Westminster Bridge in London March 22. CNS photo/Toby Melville, Reuters
LONDON -- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose cathedral is just a short walk from the scene of the London terrorist attack, called for prayers for the dead and wounded. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deluges in Peru trigger flash floods, landslides; at least 85 dead
LIMA, Peru -- Felicita Chipana was at work when the Rimac River began to rise. By the time she got home, her kitchen was gone, swept away by floodwaters that left scores of families homeless on the east side of this sprawling capital city. More ...
Monday, March 27, 2017
House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'
WASHINGTON -- The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
U.S. Bishops pray with immigrants, show concern over lack of mercy
WASHINGTON – While one Catholic archbishop was urging a fix to the country's immigration laws before a Catholic crowd, another was pleading with the government not to separate mothers from their children while in immigration detention, and yet another, a cardinal, was accompanying a grandfather to an appointment that could have resulted in his deportation. More ...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Despite opposition, assisted suicide law takes effect in nation's capital
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. More ...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent famine

MANCHESTER, England – South Sudan's Catholic bishops asked for the world's help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people.

In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating "scorched-earth" policies in defiance of international law.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Trump administration announces new immigration guidelines
WASHINGTON – In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the United States. More ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
After SNAP president resigns, new generation of leadership eyed
WASHINGTON -- The resignation of the president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests opens the door for a new generation of leaders, said a top volunteer within the organization. More ...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Religious, political leaders condemn shooting at Quebec mosque
QUEBEC CITY – Faith and political leaders condemned a shooting at Quebec's main mosque that left at least six people dead. More ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Trump's ban of refugees ignites firestorm, but also gains support
WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States in the guise of refugees, the action brought quick response from Catholic and other religious leaders. More ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Marist Poll shows Americans strongly support abortion restrictions
WASHINGTON -- A few days before the annual March for Life, a new national poll indicated shifting public attitudes, crossing party labels, in favor of increased restrictions on abortion. More ...
Friday, January 27, 2017
Pro-life leaders praise House vote to make Hyde Amendment permanent
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, making the 41-year-old Hyde Amendment permanent, puts the country "one step closer to getting the federal government out of the business of paying for abortion once and for all," said the president of National Right to Life. More ...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration
WASHINGTON -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to find ways to work with him for the common good. More ...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate
WASHINGTON -- The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian -- 91 percent -- with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate. More ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life
WASHINGTON -- Participants in the annual March for Life always have two identical memories: the brisk January chill on the streets of the nation's capital, and the long bus ride. More ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Homeless, prisoners among Pope's 80th birthday well-wishers
VATICAN CITY – People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis' 80th birthday Dec. 17.


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Monday, December 19, 2016
Pope's schedule for Christmas, January released
VATICAN CITY – As a towering spruce tree was erected in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ liturgy schedule for Advent, Christmas and the month of January. More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016
WASHINGTON -- American artist Jacob Lawrence detailed the plight of black Americans in the South who were discriminated against, exploited for their labor, threatened with death and sometimes killed, and who lived in substandard conditions until they made their way north in hopes for a better life in his landmark work "The Migration Series." More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor 'a powerful event'
WASHINGTON – A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is "such a powerful event."

As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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