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Church leaders decry administration plan to end TPS for Haitians
A woman participates in an immigration rally for Haitians Nov. 21 in New York City. The Trump administration announced Nov. 20 that Haitians with Temporary Protected Status must leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation. CNS photo/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters

A woman participates in an immigration rally for Haitians Nov. 21 in New York City. The Trump administration announced Nov. 20 that Haitians with Temporary Protected Status must leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation. CNS photo/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters

WASHINGTON – Advocates and Church leaders rallied around 58,000 Haitians living in the United States since a ferocious 2010 earthquake after the Trump administration moved to end a humanitarian program that allowed them stay in the country.

The Haitians will be forced to leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Longing for peace: Pope to preach dialogue in Bangladesh, Myanmar
VATICAN CITY  -- While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis' visit to the two countries in late November, the pope also is expected to focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tax bill called 'unacceptable,' some provisions 'unconscionable'
WASHINGTON -- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 "is unacceptable" as currently written and it "contains many fundamental structural flaws that must be corrected," said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran.

The pope "assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity," said the nearly identical messages, released Nov. 13.

"In expressing his sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones, he offers his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the almighty," said the telegrams, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Groups urge passage of law protecting conscientious objection to abortion
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who co-chairs the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, made another push Nov. 8 for passage of the Conscience Protection Act. More ...
Friday, November 10, 2017
USCCB president decries massive shooting at Texas Baptist church
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic Church stands in unity with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Church has consistent history of being against nuclear weapons

VATICAN CITY – More than two years before the first atomic bomb was dropped, Pope Pius XII warned of the "catastrophic" consequences that could come from using the discovery of nuclear fission to create weapons.

Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in February 1943, Pope Pius noted that scientists were saying that nuclear technology could produce "an amount of energy that could take the place of all the large electrical power plants of the whole world."

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Friday, November 3, 2017
Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor
WASHINGTON -- Tax policy is not a simple matter. It almost never has been and may not ever be. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Refugees fearful as India plans to deport Rohingya
NEW DELHI -- Fear gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India following a hardening of New Delhi's insistence that Myanmar take them back. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Pope, USCCB president call for prayer, hope in wake of New York City attack

WASHINGTON – The "horrendous act" by a driver in a pickup truck who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31 "weighs on all of our hearts," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

News reports about the attack, which left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, "are too preliminary to understand fully what has happened," Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in a statement, "but it grieves me deeply that we must again respond to such acts of terror."

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Rep. Smith honored for helping persecuted religious, ethnic minorities

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has been honored with an award for his policy work in helping persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.

The advocacy organization In Defense of Christians presented the 2017 Cedars of God Award during its annual Solidarity Dinner Oct. 25 in Washington, which was attended by 500 to 600 religious leaders from the United States and the Middle East.

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Anti-nuclear coalition wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
VATICAN CITY -- Emphasizing the hope for a nuclear-free world, the Nobel committee announced its decision to award the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils
WASHINGTON -- Immediate makeshift memorials in Las Vegas to the 58 victims killed during the Oct. 1 outdoor country music concert are being replaced by memorial services, vigils and Catholic funerals at the victims' hometowns across the country and in Canada. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Advocates find there's little to like in White House immigration plan
Trump administration's latest immigration plan. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Trump Administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance. More ...
Friday, October 6, 2017
Do not let hate, violence 'have the last word,' Las Vegas bishop says

LAS VEGAS – At an emotional interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe told those filling the pews Oct. 2 that "in the face of tragedy we need each other."

"And in the face of violence, we stand together because we cannot let hate and violence have the last word," he said in his remarks at the evening service.

"We gather from all faiths and walks of life. We pray and sing and listen to the word of God to remind ourselves that amidst this tragedy, God is with us," Bishop Pepe said. "God cries with our tears."

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Las Vegas Catholic churches, schools pull together through faith in wake of shooting

WASHINGTON – Students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas began school Oct. 2 – hours after the mass shooting in that city – by praying the rosary together in the school gym.

The school is just three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, the location of most of the city's largest hotels and casinos, and the site of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at a musical festival that left 59 people dead, including the shooter, and wounded more than 500.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Congress urged to let houses of worship seek FEMA aid after disasters
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers in Washington were urged to approve a bill introduced in Congress to ensure the fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters "by enabling them to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency." More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017



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