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Shimon Peres, known for efforts to achieve peace, dies at 93
Pope Francis welcomes former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their 2014 meeting at the Vatican. Peres, who dedicated himself to the work of achieving peace during the last years of his life, died Sept. 28 at age 93. CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via EPA

Pope Francis welcomes former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their 2014 meeting at the Vatican. Peres, who dedicated himself to the work of achieving peace during the last years of his life, died Sept. 28 at age 93. CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via EPA

JERUSALEM – One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014, the last month of his presidency. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis. More ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rep. Smith advocates for tougher stance on genocide, persecution
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) has authored federal legislation which would provide relief to victims of genocide, war crimes, religious persecution and other atrocities, while holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes. More ...
Friday, September 23, 2016
CRS, other NGOs pledge total of $1.2 billion to help world's refugees

WASHINGTON -- Eighty-six percent of the world's refugees are living in developing countries and it is particularly hard for those countries to meet refugees' needs and provide them an education and a livelihood, according to a senior policy and legislative specialist at Catholic Relief Services.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
Latin American coalition: Mining causing damage, not delivering benefits
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Large-scale mining and extractive operations are failing to deliver economic benefits while causing environmental damage and human suffering throughout Latin America, said a coalition of church organizations and environmental groups. More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
USCCB objects to NIH plan to fund part-human, part-animal embryo research
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops objected to a National Institutes of Health proposal to authorize federally funded research on part-human, part-animal embryos in comments submitted to the agency Sept. 2. More ...
Monday, September 12, 2016
U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders call for dialogue, peace in joint statement
WASHINGTON – U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran's top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism -- and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion. More ...
Friday, August 26, 2016
Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims
VATICAN CITY — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service. More ...
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Catholic organizations seek aid to support Louisiana relief efforts
Catholic organizations are taking part in relief efforts in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana, where at least 13 people have died and thousands lost their homes because of flooding caused by torrential rains between Aug. 8 and 14.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
U.S. embassy to launch online exhibit on Mother Teresa
ROME – In late August, the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See will launch an online exhibit documenting the deep ties Blessed Teresa of Kolkata had with the United States.

The online exhibit, compiled to mark Mother Teresa's canonization Sept. 4, will debut Aug. 26 on the embassy's website – – as well as on its Facebook page.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Milwaukee violence 'a self-inflicted wound,' city's archbishop says
MILWAUKEE – Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee called the violence that broke out in the city as part of protests over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man "a self-inflicted wound." More ...
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Florida races to stem Zika spread, offer pregnant women testing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  -- Florida residents, officials and health care leaders have their hands full this summer containing the Zika virus outbreak, which prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue its first domestic travel advisory.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
New Zika infection fears spark renewed debate on abortion, birth control
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- With a growing number of U.S. travelers returning from abroad with the Zika virus and with several cases of Zika-related microcephaly and birth defects reported in the U.S., the disease has inflamed the abortion debate domestically. More ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Pakistani church deplores suicide blast at Quetta hospital
NEW DELHI -- The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned a suicide blast at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where at least 70 people -- many of them lawyers and journalists -- were killed and more than 120 injured. More ...
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
U.S. House members in bipartisan vote pass Conscience Protection Act
WASHINGTON -- In a bipartisan 245-182 vote, House members July 13 passed the Conscience Protection Act, which would provide legal protection to doctors, nurses, hospitals and all health care providers who choose not to provide abortions as part of their health care practice. More ...
Friday, July 15, 2016
House subcommittee forum urges action on Conscience Protection Act
WASHINGTON -- Medical experts, politicians and religious leaders spoke at a Capitol Hill forum July 8, urging Congress to pass H.R. 4828, the Conscience Protection Act. More ...
Monday, July 11, 2016
Baton Rouge bishop urges community not to give in to anger, fear
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge is urging the local community to be "ministers of healing to a hurting world" while protests are taking place about the police shooting of a black man outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge July 5. More ...
Friday, July 8, 2016
Helping, not Hurting -- Experts say in wake of disaster, the best form of support is cash
When Superstorm Sandy hit nearly four years ago, news of the disaster unleashed a torrent of a different sort – donations of clothes, food, furnishings and more, all given by well-intended and concerned people from around the region and the nation. More ...
Friday, July 1, 2016
With decision on Texas law, women across U.S. 'just lost,' says pro-lifer
WASHINGTON -- Just after 10 a.m. East Coast time June 27 in Washington, Kristan Hawkins, director of Students for Life, made an announcement to her small rally in front of the Supreme Court: More ...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Flooding devastates West Virginia; residents told to expect more rain
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston asked for prayers for those affected by the devastating floods in West Virginia that have left 26 people dead, including a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old. More ...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
HHS says California can require that all health plans cover elective abortions
WASHINGTON -- A federal agency has determined that California can continue to demand that all health plans under the jurisdiction of the state's Department of Managed Health Care -- "even those purchased by churches and other religious organizations" -- cover elective abortions for any reason. More ...
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Supreme Court tie vote blocks temporary plan to stop deportations
WASHINGTON -- With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration's plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. More ...
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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