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Pope sends emergency funding to hurricane victims in Haiti
Victims of Hurricane Matthew walk towards an open area where an aid helicopter landed Oct. 10 in Tiborun, Haiti. As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti, to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses to assist flood victims. CNS photo/Bahare Khodabande, EPA
Victims of Hurricane Matthew walk towards an open area where an aid helicopter landed Oct. 10 in Tiborun, Haiti. As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti, to be distributed through the hardest-hit dioceses to assist flood victims. CNS photo/Bahare Khodabande, EPA
VATICAN CITY -- As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. More ...
Friday, October 14, 2016

Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
WASHINGTON -- A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20. More ...
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Catholic Charities agencies assess damage, begin helping storm victims
WASHINGTON -- Catholic Charities agencies joined emergency response efforts in coastal communities in four Southeastern states as residents and parish staffers began returning to assess the damage Hurricane Matthew left behind. More ...
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Aid slowly makes its way to thousands of Haitians displaced by hurricane
WASHINGTON -- Emergency aid slowly began to reach some of the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew in the country's picturesque southwest as reports of casualties slowly trickled in from communities cut off by the storm. More ...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hurricane response in Haiti slowed by blocked roads, floods, power outages
WASHINGTON -- Haitian first responders and nongovernmental aid workers were assessing the damage from Hurricane Matthew even as they scrambled to deliver food, water and shelter materials to communities isolated by washed-out bridges and blocked roads.

The storm left southwestern Haiti in shambles after slamming into the country's Caribbean coast Oct. 4. The cities of Les Cayes, on the southwest coast, and Jeremie, in the northwest, were said to be particularly hit hard by the strongest storm to strike the Caribbean region in a decade.
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Friday, October 7, 2016
Miami Archdiocese calls for prayers, prepares to help hurricane victims
MIAMI -- Like the rest of South Florida, the Archdiocese of Miami was carefully watching the path of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that began pounding Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4 and was expected to hit Florida's Atlantic coastal area late Oct. 6. More ...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Use of death penalty re-examined in the states, at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON -- The United States, with its mixed record on the death penalty, is about to take a closer look at the issue this fall with two cases before the Supreme Court and three referendums on state ballots in the November election.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Shimon Peres, known for efforts to achieve peace, dies at 93
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

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