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Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump's decision to end DACA
Beneficiaries of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program attend the

Beneficiaries of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program attend the "Keep Our Dream Alive" binational meeting in 2017. The Dreamers, as DACA recipients are known, gathered at a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Sunland Park, N.M. CNS photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters

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
Tax bill passes amid concerns about future effects on poor
WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers joined President Donald Trump in cheering passage of the most significant overhaul of the federal tax system in three decades even as the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee called on the president to work with Congress to fix "unacceptable problems" in the law. More ...
Thursday, December 21, 2017
In Albania, Franciscans work to heal past wounds through remembrance
SPAC, Albania -- Although empty for almost 30 years, the walls of the Spac prison in Albania still show evidence of the horrors that took place there. More ...
Friday, December 15, 2017
Venezuelans try new food strategies to combat hunger, malnutrition
BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Eleven-year-old Alejandro took two sausages from the refrigerator in his home, thinking only of his empty stomach. When his mother, a cleaning woman, returned and realized that Alejandro had eaten what was meant to be dinner for her six children, she shouted at him and beat him. 

Furious and ashamed, Alejandro went into his room and locked the door. Three hours later, his mother found him dead. He had hanged himself.
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Friday, December 15, 2017
Archbishop urges funding for HIV, AIDS programs at peril in budget
WASHINGTON -- Saying that any reduction in funding of programs to prevent HIV and AIDS could have "catastrophic life-threatening implications," Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, asked the Office of Management and Budget, in a letter, to maintain its full funding. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Fundraising starts to aid victims of Southern California fires
LOS ANGELES -- Six major wind-fueled wildfires in Southern California have destroyed more than 1,000 structures and forced the evacuation of 200,000 residents. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem
VATICAN CITY -- Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail. More ...
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem
VATICAN CITY – Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed Dec. 10  for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail.

The Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders," the Vatican said in a statement.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 4 that President Donald Trump's travel ban restricting entry into the United States by nationals from some countries can be fully implemented while legal challenges to the ban work their way through the lower courts. More ...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
32 Catholic fishermen dead, hundreds missing as typhoon hits India
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India -- A typhoon that rapidly developed on the southern Indian coast claimed the lives of at least 32 poor Catholic fishermen who were at sea and another 200 more were missing. More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Panel OKs bill allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster aid
WASHINGTON –Legal language allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster assistance was included in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act that passed out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Nov. 30 by a voice vote. No vote in the full House was immediately scheduled. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Royal engagement announcement brings attention to Catholic school
WASHINGTON -- When the news broke Nov. 27 of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended: Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Church leaders decry administration plan to end TPS for Haitians
WASHINGTON – Advocates and Church leaders rallied around 58,000 Haitians living in the United States since a ferocious 2010 earthquake after the Trump administration moved to end a humanitarian program that allowed them stay in the country.

The Haitians will be forced to leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Longing for peace: Pope to preach dialogue in Bangladesh, Myanmar
VATICAN CITY  -- While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis' visit to the two countries in late November, the pope also is expected to focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tax bill called 'unacceptable,' some provisions 'unconscionable'
WASHINGTON -- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 "is unacceptable" as currently written and it "contains many fundamental structural flaws that must be corrected," said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran.

The pope "assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity," said the nearly identical messages, released Nov. 13.

"In expressing his sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones, he offers his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the almighty," said the telegrams, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Groups urge passage of law protecting conscientious objection to abortion
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who co-chairs the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, made another push Nov. 8 for passage of the Conscience Protection Act. More ...
Friday, November 10, 2017



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