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Religious leaders react unfavorably to Senate health care bill
The U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate's health care reform measure unveiled June 22, is getting negative reviews from religious leaders across the country. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate's health care reform measure unveiled June 22, is getting negative reviews from religious leaders across the country. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

WASHINGTON – The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them," said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

The Senate released its health care reform bill in "discussion draft" form June 22.

"As is, the discussion draft stands to cause disturbing damage to the human beings served by the social safety net," Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in a statement released late June 22. "It is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written."

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Friday, June 23, 2017

World Refugee Day aims to raise awareness of global refugee situation
WASHINGTON -- The annual observance of World Refugee Day June 20 "provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the global refugee situation and the success of resettled refugees," an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a June 19 statement. More ...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
English cardinal after mosque attack: 'Repudiate hatred and violence'
LONDON -- An English cardinal has condemned an attack against Muslims who had gathered close to a London mosque. More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Pope urges Merkel to continue supporting Paris climate agreement
VATICAN CITY -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Pope Francis encouraged her to support international agreements like the Paris climate accord as well as to break down walls that divide people. More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Deportation feared as program protecting parents of citizen children ends
WASHINGTON -- Advocates for immigrants expressed concern that millions of illegal alien parents of U.S. citizens and other permanent legal residents will be subject to deportation after Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly rescinded a memo that protected them. More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Trump in announcement on Cuba policy unclear about changes he'll make
WASHINGTON -- It was hard to tell what changes were made to U.S. policy toward the island of Cuba from President Donald Trump's June 16 speech in Miami, but what couldn't be missed was the tone he took toward its government. More ...
Monday, June 19, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - June 16, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on these topics: Fight against corruption; Vietnamese gangs terrorize Catholic community; Bishops advocate for right to health care.

Humanity must unite in fight against corruption, Pope says
Priests say Vietnam is letting gangs terrorize Catholics in northeast
Bishops 'committed to ensuring fundamental right' to health care

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Prayers offered for congressman in critical condition after baseball practice shooting
METAIRIE, La. – More than 150 people attended a prayer service at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Metairie this week to pray for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, early that morning. More ...
Friday, June 16, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - CHURCH - June 15, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics:  Interreligious friendship, and Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Pope, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths
Convocation of Catholic leaders will be historic event, bishops told

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
World ignores warming, pollution of oceans at own peril, say speakers
UNITED NATIONS -- If left unchecked, warming, pollution, and acidification of the world's oceans will have drastic socio-ecological consequences, particularly for people who depend on the water for their livelihoods, according to speakers at the June 5-9 Ocean Conference at the United Nations. More ...
Thursday, June 15, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - June 14, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics: Appeals court reviews religious freedom cases; California Supreme Court and the death penalty; Landslides in Bangladesh and Guatemala.

Federal appeals court hears arguments in two religious freedom cases
California Supreme Court studies measure to expedite death penalty cases
Church groups, government help Bangladeshis affected by landslides
Earthquake triggers landslides in western Guatemala

 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD AND NATON - June 13, 2017

Catholic News Service published briefs on the following topics: Immigration arrests of Chaldean Christians in Michigan; Injunction on travel ban upheld, and James Comey visits father’s New Jersey parish.

Chaldean Catholic bishop calls ICE raid, arrests 'painful' for community
9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds injunction on Trump's travel ban
James Comey makes appearance with his father at New Jersey parish

 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD AND NATION - June 12, 2017

Catholic News Service published briefs on the following topics:  Philippine’s martial law; Failure to protect child migrants; Talks between Pope and Italian President; Charges of corruption against South African parliament; Media reporting on refugees, and Zbigniew Brzezinski remembered.


Philippine bishop: Martial law makes farce of Independence Day
Vatican: Failure to protect child migrants an insult to human dignity
Pope, Italian president talk migrants, environment, jobs
South African Council of Churches calls for dissolution of parliament
U.S. bishop: Media can counter fears by showing refugees as real people
Brzezinski recalled as brilliant strategist committed to faith, family

 

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Catholic congressman returns from South Sudan, aims to fight famine

WASHINGTON -- A Catholic congressman fresh from a fact-finding trip to East Africa, conscious of the human rights concerns brought on by famine and military violence, aims to increase funding for affected areas and urge reappointment of a special envoy to the region under the Trump administration.
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Monday, June 12, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD AND NATION - June 9, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics:  Priest searches for mass graves, and South Korean bishops urge peace treaty.

Priest: Time an enemy in search for mass graves of Jews, Roma people
Church conference calls for treaty to assure peace on Korean peninsula

 

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Friday, June 9, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - CHURCH - June 9, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics: Pope on prayer and patience, and Lithuania martyr.

Prayer, patience are powerful weapons in dark times, Pope says
Archbishop to become Lithuania's first beatified Soviet-era martyr

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Friday, June 9, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD AND NATION - June 8, 2017

Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics:  Working in Sudan war zone; Venezuelan bishops meet Pope; Spanish victim of London attackers; Peril of global warming.

Gomez: Amid climate worries are 'human ecology' issues, like homelessness
U.S. Catholic honored as missionary, physician working in Sudan war zone
Amid nation's crisis, Venezuelan bishops meet Pope
Spanish victim of London attackers recalled for commitment to justice
World ignores warming, pollution of oceans at own peril, say speakers

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
House OKs bill co-authored by Trenton Diocese congressman to aid genocide victims

WASHINGTON – The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the June 6 House passage of the measure and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

The House unanimously approved the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote.

"As I think many of you know, Congress has been trying for the better part of three years to finally get a designation of genocide being committed by ISIS against Christians, Yezidis and some other Muslim minorities in the area," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-Hamilton, N.J. "Ultimately, it did become a policy of the United States of America."

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - June 7, 2017
Catholic News Service has published briefs on the following topics – Knights campaign for Christians in Middle East; Desecration of Philippines cathedral; Canadian Catholic victim of London attack. More ...
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - June 6, 2017
Catholic News Service has published the following briefs, covering these topics: Catholic father mourned in Portland; Pence at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast; Questions surround Cameroonian bishop’s death; Religious sisters on martial law; Retirement plans for Church-run hospitals; Prayers for London attack victims. More ...
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD AND NATION - June 5, 2017
Catholic News Service posted briefs on the following topics: The travel ban and Twitter; Students’ fears on immigration clampdown; Advocates’ support to immigrants; Praying for London victims; Helping Indian children; Mourning a Ukrainian cardinal; Dialogue with Muslims.

President takes travel ban battle to U.S. Supreme Court -- and Twitter

Hispanic students express fear, uncertainty amid immigration clampdown

Catholic advocates for immigrants assess how to win allies, combat fear

U.S. Catholics join Pope in praying for victims of London attacks

Priest advocates for Indian children whose parents live with HIV

Dialogue with Muslims, defend human dignity, Pope tells missionaries

Pope sends second, personal note of condolence to Ukrainians

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Monday, June 5, 2017



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