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Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain
People pay tribute in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 18, to victims on the site of a deadly van attack the previous day. CNS photo/Quique Garcia, EPA

People pay tribute in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 18, to victims on the site of a deadly van attack the previous day. CNS photo/Quique Garcia, EPA

OXFORD, England – Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead.

Pope Francis, U.S. bishops and others weighed in with prayers and rejection of the Aug. 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, where cars drove into pedestrians. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the attacks. Thirteen were killed in Barcelona; one pedestrian and five suspects were killed in Cambrils.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse
WASHINGTON – U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures. More ...
Friday, August 18, 2017
Kosovo to dedicate cathedral named for Mother Teresa

A cathedral named for St. Teresa of Kolkata is scheduled to be dedicated in Kosovo on the 20th anniversary of her death.

The cathedral will be dedicated Sept. 5 in Pristina. Albanian-born Cardinal Ernest Simoni will represent Pope Francis at the dedication. Celebrations of the neo-classical cathedral, on Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard, will begin Aug. 26, the saint's birthday.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Aug. 17, 2017

NEWS BRIEFS – WORLD & NATION – Aug. 17, 2017

Catholic News Service recently published the following news briefs on these topics: Mudslide in Sierra Leone; Restricting abortion coverage; School observatory and the eclipse; and Mideast Churches need help.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
UPDATE: Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly
WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12. More ...
Sunday, August 13, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Aug. 10, 2017
Following is a compilation of recent briefs published by Catholic News Service on these topics: Attacks on Christians in Africa; Ethics and gene-editing work; Mass for Marines killed in crash; Nonviolence in West Bank. More ...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Catholic groups ask Congress to reject 'discriminatory' RAISE Act
WASHINGTON – Calling a proposed piece of legislation "discriminatory," the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring family into the U.S. More ...
Saturday, August 5, 2017
After repeal fails, 'task remains' to reform health care, says bishop
WASHINGTON -- After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a "skinny" repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, the U.S. Catholic Church's lead spokesman on the issue said the "task of reforming the health care system still remains." More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
Health care laws must begin and end with human person, bishop says
WASHINGTON -- Throughout the summer, while Congress was looking for ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Catholic bishops have continually reiterated the need to put care for the human person at the forefront of any health care legislation. More ...
Monday, July 31, 2017
Getting a health care bill through Congress fraught with difficulties
WASHINGTON  -- When the vice president has to cast a vote to break a tie in the Senate on whether to debate U.S. health care policy, let alone revise it -- as Mike Pence did July 25 -- it is obvious that passing legislation to repeal, and/or replace, and/or reform the Affordable Care Act is going to be a heavy lift in Congress. More ...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed
WASHINGTON -- After the Senate voted July 25 to proceed with the health care debate, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, urged senators of both parties to "work together to advance changes that serve the common good." More ...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Women religious urge Senate to reject bill repealing Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON -- Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, personally delivered a letter to U.S. senators July 24 urging them to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act and any proposals that would repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid. More ...
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Catholic leaders mourn for victims killed, injured in Texas trafficking tragedy

SAN ANTONIO – The "completely senseless deaths" of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation they suffered from being held in a tractor-trailer "is an incomprehensible tragedy," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio.

"There are no words to convey the sadness, despair and, yes, even anger we feel today," he said in a statement released late July 23.

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Monday, July 24, 2017
U.S. bishops call for permanent protection for young migrants
WASHINGTON – The chair of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Trump administration to "ensure permanent protection" for youth who were brought to the U.S. as minors without legal documentation. More ...
Friday, July 21, 2017
Regroup, cooperate, Catholic leaders say about health care bill

WASHINGTON – After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the U.S. Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation.

The bill lost ground when two Republican senators announced their opposition to it, joining two other senators who opposed the bill and leaving Republican leaders at least two votes short of the 50 needed to start debate on the measure.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
House members approve measure to repeal D.C. assisted suicide law
WASHINGTON -- The House Appropriations Committee voted July 13 in favor of an amendment to repeal the District of Columbia's assisted suicide law. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
U.S. Bishops see little improvement in Senate's latest effort on health care
WASHINGTON – The Senate Republicans' latest effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is "unacceptable" and shows little improvement over the lawmakers' first attempt to reform the federal health care law, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee. More ...
Saturday, July 15, 2017
House passes anti-trafficking bill; measure goes to Senate
WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill July 12 that puts more than $500 million over the next four years into efforts to fight labor and sex trafficking both in the United States and abroad. More ...
Friday, July 14, 2017
BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - July 10, 2017

Following is a compilation of recent briefs published by Catholic News Service on these topics: Nuclear weapon disarmament; Civil dialogue on college campuses; Appeals for peace in Philippines; Virginia execution;  Venezuelan government; Migrant stories in Italy; West Virginia flood anniversary; Salvadoran cardinal works for peace.

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Monday, July 10, 2017
BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - July 7, 2017
Following is a compilation of recent briefs published by Catholic News Service on these topics: Canadian-U.S. refugee policy; Violence against Mexican priests; U.S.-Ugandan farming collaboration; Global youth peace project; Peace among enemies, and Myanmar and human rights. More ...
Friday, July 7, 2017
BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - June 29, 2017
Following is a compilation of recent briefs published by Catholic News Service on these topics: Opioid crisis; Democrats for Life; Illinois abortion law; Seeking release of kidnapped priest; Calls from Catholic leaders in Congo, and Terminally ill baby in England. More ...
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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