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Catholic bishop pays tribute to Barbara Bush at Houston memorial
Former President George W. Bush is seen with his father, George H.W. Bush, after funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21. CNS photo/Paul Morse, handout via Reuters

Former President George W. Bush is seen with his father, George H.W. Bush, after funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21. CNS photo/Paul Morse, handout via Reuters

HOUSTON – Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Barbara Bush during a ceremony described as a Celebration of Life in front of Houston City Hall April 19. More ...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Toronto cardinal calls for prayers after van kills 10

TORONTO – Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins called for special prayers after a van jumped a curb and killed 10 people on a busy Toronto street.

Although officials said the April 23 incident did not appear to be terrorism, they said it did appear to be deliberate. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Congressman discusses food assistance programs with Church, civil leaders
Congressman Chris Smith (R-4) met April 4 with members of the New Jersey Catholic Conference to discuss upcoming legislation that could benefit state residents in danger of nutrition deficits. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Catholic leaders: Winnie Mandela was a friend to South Africa's poor
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was always a friend to South Africa's poor, said church leaders who took part in a two-week mourning period that culminated in her burial as a national hero. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
New poll shows Americans still consider abortion a complicated issue
WASHINGTON -- Despite abortion having been part of the national debate for nearly a half-century, it remains a complex and complicated issue to a significant majority of Americans, according to a survey released April 17. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
U.S., world urged to help Jordan aid refugees, end Syrian civil war
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan -- The United States has a responsibility to help Jordan as it struggles to support hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and must actively seek to end Syria's long civil war, American human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy told a conference on forced migration. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Reality of gun violence prompts Washington archdiocesan youth to march
WASHINGTON -- When Eileen Dinn heard about the recent school shooting at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland March 20, she was sitting in school at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland, and her first thought was "not again." More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Youth-led march inspires Catholic adult participants
WASHINGTON -- Although the March for Our Lives in Washington March 24 and its "sibling" marches in cities across the country were brought on by teenagers, participants were all ages -- from toddlers in strollers pushed by their parents to elderly marchers using walkers. More ...
Thursday, April 5, 2018
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



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