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Church's Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families
Parishioners of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Fla., pray during an outdoor Stations of the Cross service Feb. 16 dedicated to the victims and survivors of the deadly mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the school with an AR-15 semi-automatic style weapon. At least one member of the parish was among those killed, according to the parish administrator.  CNS photo/Tom Tracy
Parishioners of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Fla., pray during an outdoor Stations of the Cross service Feb. 16 dedicated to the victims and survivors of the deadly mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At least 17 people were killed when 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the school with an AR-15 semi-automatic style weapon. At least one member of the parish was among those killed, according to the parish administrator.  CNS photo/Tom Tracy
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

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
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 and at least 14 injured. 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
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



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