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Faith leaders decry Palm Sunday attacks; bombings won't deter Pope's visit to Egypt
Mourners attend a funeral April 10 for those who died April 9 in a bomb attack at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Tanta, Egypt. Also April 9, an explosion went off outside the Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria where Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II was presiding over the Palm Sunday service. CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA

Mourners attend a funeral April 10 for those who died April 9 in a bomb attack at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Tanta, Egypt. Also April 9, an explosion went off outside the Cathedral of St. Mark in Alexandria where Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II was presiding over the Palm Sunday service. CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA

VATICAN CITY – Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.

"The Pope's trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The Pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 visit to Cairo.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Supreme Court seems to lean toward church in Lutheran playground case
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices seemed to side with the church in a separation of church and state case argued April 19 about a Missouri Lutheran preschool barred from receiving state funds for playground resurfacing using recycled tires because it is a church property. More ...
Friday, April 21, 2017
Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes
WASHINGTON – Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they o More ...
Friday, April 7, 2017
Pope: Peace, security demand end to nuclear weapons
VATICAN CITY - Today’s threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations. More ...
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Pope appeals to world leaders following chemical attack in Syria

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.

"We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the Idlib province, where dozens of civilians, including many children, were killed," the Pope said April 5 before concluding his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
New Jersey man pleads guilty to plotting attack on Pope during 2015 U.S. visit
PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty of plotting an attack on Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 during the World Meeting of Families. More ...
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Deluges in Peru trigger flash floods, landslides; at least 85 dead
LIMA, Peru -- Felicita Chipana was at work when the Rimac River began to rise. By the time she got home, her kitchen was gone, swept away by floodwaters that left scores of families homeless on the east side of this sprawling capital city. More ...
Monday, March 27, 2017
London cardinal call for prayers for victims of Westminster attack
LONDON -- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, whose cathedral is just a short walk from the scene of the London terrorist attack, called for prayers for the dead and wounded. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'
WASHINGTON -- The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee. More ...
Thursday, March 23, 2017
U.S. Bishops pray with immigrants, show concern over lack of mercy
WASHINGTON – While one Catholic archbishop was urging a fix to the country's immigration laws before a Catholic crowd, another was pleading with the government not to separate mothers from their children while in immigration detention, and yet another, a cardinal, was accompanying a grandfather to an appointment that could have resulted in his deportation. More ...
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Despite opposition, assisted suicide law takes effect in nation's capital
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. More ...
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent famine

MANCHESTER, England – South Sudan's Catholic bishops asked for the world's help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people.

In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating "scorched-earth" policies in defiance of international law.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Trump administration announces new immigration guidelines
WASHINGTON – In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the United States. More ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017
After SNAP president resigns, new generation of leadership eyed
WASHINGTON -- The resignation of the president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests opens the door for a new generation of leaders, said a top volunteer within the organization. More ...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Religious, political leaders condemn shooting at Quebec mosque
QUEBEC CITY – Faith and political leaders condemned a shooting at Quebec's main mosque that left at least six people dead. More ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Trump's ban of refugees ignites firestorm, but also gains support
WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States in the guise of refugees, the action brought quick response from Catholic and other religious leaders. More ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Marist Poll shows Americans strongly support abortion restrictions
WASHINGTON -- A few days before the annual March for Life, a new national poll indicated shifting public attitudes, crossing party labels, in favor of increased restrictions on abortion. More ...
Friday, January 27, 2017
Pro-life leaders praise House vote to make Hyde Amendment permanent
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, making the 41-year-old Hyde Amendment permanent, puts the country "one step closer to getting the federal government out of the business of paying for abortion once and for all," said the president of National Right to Life. More ...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. abortion rate is down to its lowest level since the Supreme Court made abortion legal virtually on demand in 1973, and the rate is half of its early-1980s peak. More ...
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration
WASHINGTON -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to find ways to work with him for the common good. More ...
Tuesday, January 17, 2017



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