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Life influences how people deal with environment, say Mideast faith leaders
JERUSALEM -- It's hard to discuss detrimental environmental effects of using the diesel fuel needed to run generators in Gaza when people only have three hours of government-provided electricity a day, said Tahani Abu Daqqa, former Palestinian Minister of Culture. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Indonesian Christian leaders call for unity after suicide bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia  -- Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia's second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tax reform brings challenges, opportunities for charities, says speaker
MIAMI  -- What has been described as the most significant overhaul of the federal tax system in three decades -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- also has been flagged as a potential train wreck for annual charitable giving. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pope expresses concern about 'spiral of violence' in Holy Land

VATICAN CITY – Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. 

"I am very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations," he said in an appeal May 16 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Imprisoned clergy of Dachau remembered for fearless faith
EMMITSBURG, Md. -- When a virulent typhus epidemic swept through a World War II concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in early 1945, many imprisoned Polish priests volunteered to minister to the dying men. More ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Dismissal of Catholic House of Representatives chaplain sparks outrage
WASHINGTON – The apparent forced resignation of the chaplain who tends to the spiritual needs of the U.S. House of Representatives and is Catholic has drawn fire against the Speaker of the House, who also is Catholic. More ...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Rep. Smith praises Catholic Relief Services on its 75th anniversary
Clergy and lawmakers gathered April 24 on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the humanitarian aid organization Catholic Relief Services. More ...
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Catholic bishop pays tribute to Barbara Bush at Houston memorial
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

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