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U.S. Bishops disappointed with Congress' inaction on Conscience Protection Act
WASHINGTON – The chairmen of the U.S. bishops' pro-life and religious freedom committees said it was "deeply disappointing" that Congress omitted the Conscience Protection Act from the congressional funding bill for fiscal year 2018.

"We call on Congress not to give up until this critical legislation is enacted," said a March 22 joint statement from Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, chair of the Committee for Religious Liberty.
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Friday, March 23, 2018

Christian activists say militias target religious minorities in Syria
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jihadists allied with Turkey are hunting down religious minorities to kill them in Syria's northwest, Christian activists warn, as Turkey and its allies have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin and are relentlessly pushing through. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers
WASHINGTON -- In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about abortions to their clients that the centers say violates their right to free speech. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban; judge blocks it
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law March 19 the most restrictive state abortion bill in the nation because it bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. More ...
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Bishop asks federal government to work for rescue of kidnapped girls
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Bishop Hilary Dachelem of Bauchi has appealed to the Nigerian government and security agencies to work for the rescue of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in February. More ...
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time is now to address gun violence in 'comprehensive way,' say bishops
WASHINGTON -- The chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees said it is long past time for the nation's leaders to come up with "common-sense gun measures as part of a comprehensive approach to the reduction of violence in society and the protection of life." More ...
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
In Florida, pain, grief palpable; parishes console, help plan funerals
PARKLAND, Fla.  -- The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland left all of America reeling, but at Mary Help of Christians Church and School, the pain and grief were especially palpable. More ...
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Rev. Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans
MONTREAT, N.C. – The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99. More ...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school. More ...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Church's Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families
PARKLAND, Fla.  -- A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator. More ...
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop
MIAMI -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead. More ...
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Advocates alarmed at U.S. suspension of aid to Palestinian refugees
JERUSALEM -- The U.S. suspension of $65 million in aid to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees alarmed advocates who work with Palestinians living in camps. More ...
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Pro-life leaders decry Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban
WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York decried the Senate's failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, and called on senators to "rethink" their stance on late-term abortions. More ...
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Catholics gather on Hill to pray lawmakers will protect the Dreamers
WASHINGTON -- A group of priests, religious, young immigrants and their supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol Feb. 6 to pray for the Dreamers, whose lives are in limbo, and for the legislators who have the power to change their situation. More ...
Friday, February 9, 2018
Senate OKs Catholic as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic, to be the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the U.S. Department of State. More ...
Monday, January 29, 2018
USCCB president calls for prayer after pair of school shootings

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston called for prayers for the victims killed and injured in a pair of school shootings in Kentucky and Texas.

In a statement released Jan. 23 after the second shooting in two days, Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Christians experience the pain of the family and friends of the victims "as if it were our own."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump's decision to end DACA
SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision Jan. 9 to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March. More ...
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Trump administration ends immigration program for Salvadorans
WASHINGTON – As the Catholic Church in the United States began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholics. More ...
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its policies to no longer exclude houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from damages caused by natural disasters. More ...
Friday, January 5, 2018
Cardinal condemns deaths in Congolese protests
KINSHASA, Congo  -- Congolese church leaders, including the nation's cardinal, condemned security forces' attacks on Catholic protesters that left at least eight dead and 120 people detained. More ...
Thursday, January 4, 2018
USCCB chairman calls for renewal of prayers for Coptic brethren after latest attacks in Egypt
Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has issued the following statement on the Dec. 29 deadly attack on a Coptic Church and nearby bookstore in Egypt. More ...
Sunday, December 31, 2017

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