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NJ's Chris Smith calls for vigorous leadership, diplomacy to protect religious freedom
Important Words -- Congressman Chris Smith was the keynote speaker at the 2017 World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians. Photo courtesy of Congressman Smith's office
Important Words -- Congressman Chris Smith was the keynote speaker at the 2017 World Summit in Defense of Persecuted ChristiansPhoto courtesy of Congressman Smith's office

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. congressman told attendees at a Washington summit on Christian persecution that "more than ever before, vigorous U.S. leadership and diplomacy are needed to address religious freedom violations globally."

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trump arrives in Holy Land, visits Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall
JERUSALEM -- Following his official welcome to Jerusalem by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. President Donald Trump began his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall. More ...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
After talks, Venezuelan bishops reiterate stance against new constitution...

Iowa Medicaid reimbursements will no longer go to abortion providers...

Arab Christians voice hope, concern over Trump's speech to Muslim leaders...

Trump arrives in Holy Land, visits Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall...

U.S. extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians for six months...

Pope offers prayers for Central African Republic, Catholics in China...

Tackle jobs gap caused by today's tech revolution, Pope tells experts...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Alito: Freedom of religion, speech key to democracy but now under threat; Notre Dame students plan walkout during Vice President Pence's commencement address More ...
Friday, May 19, 2017
House narrowly OKs Affordable Care Act repeal-replace bill
WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213.

Assuming that all Democrats voted against the bill -- which they did -- the Republicans needed to avoid having 22 of its own House members defect to the "no" camp. In the finally tally, 20 Republicans voted against the measure.

This latest GOP repeal-and-replace bill was rushed through with such speed that the Congressional Budget Office did not have time to prepare an analysis of it before the vote.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
45 people saved from tornado's fury in hallway of Texas church

In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as "acts of God."

But in the small Texas town of Emory, about 50 miles northwest of Tyler and 70 miles east of Dallas, some 45 people are considering it an act of God that they survived a twister that took out all of their church except for the hallway in which they were huddled.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Supreme Court seems to lean toward church in Lutheran playground case
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices seemed to side with the church in a separation of church and state case argued April 19 about a Missouri Lutheran preschool barred from receiving state funds for playground resurfacing using recycled tires because it is a church property. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Faith leaders decry Palm Sunday attacks; bombings won't deter Pope's visit to Egypt

VATICAN CITY – Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.

"The Pope's trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The Pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 visit to Cairo.

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes
WASHINGTON – Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they o More ...
Friday, April 7, 2017
Pope: Peace, security demand end to nuclear weapons
VATICAN CITY - Today’s threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations. More ...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Pope appeals to world leaders following chemical attack in Syria

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.

"We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the Idlib province, where dozens of civilians, including many children, were killed," the Pope said April 5 before concluding his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
New Jersey man pleads guilty to plotting attack on Pope during 2015 U.S. visit
PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty of plotting an attack on Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 during the World Meeting of Families. More ...
Wednesday, April 5, 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
London cardinal call for prayers for victims of Westminster attack
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
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

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