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U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration
WASHINGTON -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to find ways to work with him for the common good. More ...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate
WASHINGTON -- The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian -- 91 percent -- with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate. More ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life
WASHINGTON -- Participants in the annual March for Life always have two identical memories: the brisk January chill on the streets of the nation's capital, and the long bus ride. More ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Homeless, prisoners among Pope's 80th birthday well-wishers
VATICAN CITY – People from around the world, especially the poor and the homeless, had a chance to send their good wishes for Pope Francis' 80th birthday Dec. 17.

 

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Monday, December 19, 2016
Pope's schedule for Christmas, January released
VATICAN CITY – As a towering spruce tree was erected in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ liturgy schedule for Advent, Christmas and the month of January. More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016
WASHINGTON -- American artist Jacob Lawrence detailed the plight of black Americans in the South who were discriminated against, exploited for their labor, threatened with death and sometimes killed, and who lived in substandard conditions until they made their way north in hopes for a better life in his landmark work "The Migration Series." More ...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor 'a powerful event'
WASHINGTON – A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is "such a powerful event."

As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Miami archbishop recalls Catholic persecution in Cuba, prays for peace
MIAMI -- On the day the news of Fidel Castro's death spread, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami was one of the first Catholic Church officials to respond early Nov. 26. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Revelers in Little Havana seek new future for Cuba after Castro's death
MIAMI -- South Florida Cuban-Americans poured into the streets of Miami's Little Havana throughout the Nov. 25-26 weekend, starting almost immediately after learning that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died Nov. 25. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
For Cuban exiles, painful memories mix with relief at Castro's death
MIAMI -- While many celebrated loudly on the streets, the death of Fidel Castro triggered a more subdued reaction among the Cuban exiles who attended the noon Mass Nov. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady Charity. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
New Caritas report sets out building blocks for more-just Europe
WARSAW, Poland -- Europe's top Catholic charitable agency has published a "road map for social justice and equality," urging all church members to defend the poor and marginalized. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Pope, archbishop express condolences over Fidel Castro's death
WASHINGTON -- Quoting from the Book of Ecclesiastes and referencing judgment, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami issued a statement on the Nov. 25 death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. More ...
Saturday, November 26, 2016
HHS contraceptive mandate in limbo awaiting action by new administration
WASHINGTON -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have been cautiously breathing a sigh of relief since the presidential election. More ...
Friday, November 25, 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 ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election
WASHINGTON -- Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump's upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. More ...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

WASHINGTON -- In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.

 
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Earthquakes damage several sacred sites in central Italy
ROME – Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one of its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down. More ...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Pope expresses shock over cruelty against innocent Iraqis
VATICAN CITY – As a military operation in northern Iraq fights to wrestle control of areas held by retaliating Islamic State forces, Pope Francis criticized the “cruelty” and heinous violence waged against innocent civilians – with scores displaced and many others captured and used as human shields, or killed. More ...
Friday, November 4, 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



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