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'Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone' suffering, says Church official
Contractors play basketball with residents amid debris Oct. 16 in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla. The hurricane killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters

Contractors play basketball with residents amid debris Oct. 16 in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Springfield, Fla. The hurricane killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the South. CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters

MIAMI  -- The physical impact of Hurricane Michael and the anticipated recovery period for parts of the Florida Panhandle appear to be on a scale of last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the Church's top emergency management specialist in Florida. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, Pope says

By Anne Condodina | Catholic News Service

ROME -- At a time of technological and scientific progress, "we ought to feel shame" for not having advanced in "humanity and solidarity" enough to feed the world's poor, Pope Francis said.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Washington state's Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
SEATTLE -- The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Catholic leaders welcome PEPFAR reauthorization in Congress
WASHINGTON -- Two Catholic leaders applauded congressional committees for reauthorizing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, opening the door for final passage of a bill to keep the program in place for another five years. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Limousine crash 'gut-wrenching' for New York community
ALBANY, N.Y. – Among the 20 people killed in a devastating limousine accident Oct. 6 in Schoharie were several victims who had connections to parishes, schools and Catholic organizations of the Albany Diocese. More ...
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Florida dioceses offer prayers for those impacted by Hurricane Michael
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – With EMS service suspended in some parts of Florida as Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 in the state's panhandle area with sustained winds clocked at 155 mph, dioceses are offering prayers for those in the Category 4 storm's path. More ...
Thursday, October 11, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Oct. 7, 2018
The following briefs were recently posted by Catholic News Service: More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Judge blocks TPS cancellation, says ending program unconstitutional
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A federal judge's Oct. 3 preliminary injunction blocking cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for people from four countries living in the United States is a welcome step, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. More ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
Amid drama, Supreme Court gears up for new session

WASHINGTON – After the weeks of intense drama focused on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nation's highest Court was ready to get back to business, full bench or not.

The expression "the show must go on" certainly applies because the Supreme Court always starts on the first Monday in October, which this year is Oct. 1.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Hearing examines China's policy on religion, new agreement with Vatican

WASHINGTON – Debate continues on whether the Vatican's provisional agreement with China will improve relations between the Chinese state and members of religious groups, which have had a long history of conflict.

The agreement marks the first time in decades that all the Chinese bishops have been in communion with Rome, said the Vatican press office.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 800 people dead. More ...
Monday, October 1, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Sept. 29
The following news briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service. More ...
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty
VATICAN CITY -- Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders. More ...
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Proposed rule change for green cards 'a fear-creator,' migration chief says

WASHINGTON – A proposed federal rule change to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they become branded a "public charge" for taking certain federal or state poverty benefits is "a fear-creator," said William Canny, the executive director of the U.S. bishops' Office Department of Migration and Refugee Services.

"It makes people afraid to seek housing assistance and food assistance lest they be seen as a 'public charge' and then deported," Canny told Catholic News Service Sept. 28.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Volunteer help with cleanup after Hurricane Florence called an act of 'faith, love'

NEW BERN, N.C. – Nancy Sciara's "insides were shaking." She woke up, she said, unsure of what to expect from the day.

Sciara, 84, was widowed 12 days earlier. And, four days after that, she sat in her home and watched as wind and rain from Hurricane Florence raged outside a window. It flooded the garage and workroom of her River Bend home and damaged her living room.

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Catholic family offers a model for love, harmony among races, cultures

WASHINGTON – In a world that has embraced the CMYK and RGB color charts – the hue models for color printing and computer screens – many in the United States still see the world in black and white.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
U.S. urged to end funding of research using tissue from aborted babies
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities praised a decision by the U.S. secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to end a Food and Drug Administration contract with a company "whose business is to procure aborted baby parts for research." More ...
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Pope prays for victims of ferry disaster in Tanzania
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis mourned the loss of more than 200 lives in a ferry accident on Lake Victoria near the Tanzanian island of Ukara. More ...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Sept. 22
The following news briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service: More ...
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Catholic workers say U.S. aid cuts to Palestinians could be disastrous
JERUSALEM – The U.S. budgetary cuts to humanitarian aid institutions helping Palestinians could lead to long-term disastrous consequences, said Catholic aid workers in the region. More ...
Friday, September 21, 2018
Advocates decry historically low refugee entry cap
WASHINGTON – Advocates for refugee admissions into the United States decried what one statement called a historically low cap of 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, and asked Congress to work with the Trump Administration to more than double that number. More ...
Thursday, September 20, 2018



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