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Venezuelans try new food strategies to combat hunger, malnutrition
People search for food in garbage bags next to a supermarket in late July in Caracas, Venezuela. CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters

People search for food in garbage bags next to a supermarket in late July in Caracas, Venezuela. CNS photo/Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters

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

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
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
Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 4 that President Donald Trump's travel ban restricting entry into the United States by nationals from some countries can be fully implemented while legal challenges to the ban work their way through the lower courts. More ...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
32 Catholic fishermen dead, hundreds missing as typhoon hits India
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India -- A typhoon that rapidly developed on the southern Indian coast claimed the lives of at least 32 poor Catholic fishermen who were at sea and another 200 more were missing. More ...
Monday, December 4, 2017
Panel OKs bill allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster aid
WASHINGTON –Legal language allowing houses of worship to receive federal disaster assistance was included in the Disaster Recovery Reform Act that passed out of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Nov. 30 by a voice vote. No vote in the full House was immediately scheduled. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Royal engagement announcement brings attention to Catholic school
WASHINGTON -- When the news broke Nov. 27 of Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry, reporters descended upon the Los Angeles Catholic school Markle attended: Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School. More ...
Friday, December 1, 2017
Church leaders decry administration plan to end TPS for Haitians
WASHINGTON – Advocates and Church leaders rallied around 58,000 Haitians living in the United States since a ferocious 2010 earthquake after the Trump administration moved to end a humanitarian program that allowed them stay in the country.

The Haitians will be forced to leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Longing for peace: Pope to preach dialogue in Bangladesh, Myanmar
VATICAN CITY  -- While the ongoing crisis of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh will draw much attention during Pope Francis' visit to the two countries in late November, the pope also is expected to focus on interreligious dialogue, poverty and climate change. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tax bill called 'unacceptable,' some provisions 'unconscionable'
WASHINGTON -- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 "is unacceptable" as currently written and it "contains many fundamental structural flaws that must be corrected," said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More ...
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran.

The pope "assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity," said the nearly identical messages, released Nov. 13.

"In expressing his sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones, he offers his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the almighty," said the telegrams, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Groups urge passage of law protecting conscientious objection to abortion
WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who co-chairs the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, made another push Nov. 8 for passage of the Conscience Protection Act. More ...
Friday, November 10, 2017
USCCB president decries massive shooting at Texas Baptist church
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic Church stands in unity with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 26 people and injured at least 20 others. More ...
Monday, November 6, 2017
Church has consistent history of being against nuclear weapons

VATICAN CITY – More than two years before the first atomic bomb was dropped, Pope Pius XII warned of the "catastrophic" consequences that could come from using the discovery of nuclear fission to create weapons.

Addressing the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in February 1943, Pope Pius noted that scientists were saying that nuclear technology could produce "an amount of energy that could take the place of all the large electrical power plants of the whole world."

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Friday, November 3, 2017
Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor
WASHINGTON -- Tax policy is not a simple matter. It almost never has been and may not ever be. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Refugees fearful as India plans to deport Rohingya
NEW DELHI -- Fear gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India following a hardening of New Delhi's insistence that Myanmar take them back. More ...
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Pope, USCCB president call for prayer, hope in wake of New York City attack

WASHINGTON – The "horrendous act" by a driver in a pickup truck who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31 "weighs on all of our hearts," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

News reports about the attack, which left at least eight people dead and 11 others injured, "are too preliminary to understand fully what has happened," Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in a statement, "but it grieves me deeply that we must again respond to such acts of terror."

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Rep. Smith honored for helping persecuted religious, ethnic minorities

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey has been honored with an award for his policy work in helping persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East.

The advocacy organization In Defense of Christians presented the 2017 Cedars of God Award during its annual Solidarity Dinner Oct. 25 in Washington, which was attended by 500 to 600 religious leaders from the United States and the Middle East.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

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