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Anti-nuclear coalition wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
A combination photo shows members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Geneva Oct. 6. The group won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Pictured from left to right are Beatrice Fihn, executive director; Daniel Hogsta, coordinator; and Grethe Ostern, a member of the organization’s steering committee. CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters
A combination photo shows members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Geneva Oct. 6. The group won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Pictured from left to right are Beatrice Fihn, executive director; Daniel Hogsta, coordinator; and Grethe Ostern, a member of the organization’s steering committee. CNS photo/Denis Balibouse, Reuters
VATICAN CITY -- Emphasizing the hope for a nuclear-free world, the Nobel committee announced its decision to award the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils
WASHINGTON -- Immediate makeshift memorials in Las Vegas to the 58 victims killed during the Oct. 1 outdoor country music concert are being replaced by memorial services, vigils and Catholic funerals at the victims' hometowns across the country and in Canada. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Advocates find there's little to like in White House immigration plan
Trump administration's latest immigration plan. More ...
Monday, October 16, 2017
Trump Administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance. More ...
Friday, October 6, 2017
Do not let hate, violence 'have the last word,' Las Vegas bishop says

LAS VEGAS – At an emotional interfaith prayer service at Guardian Angel Cathedral, Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe told those filling the pews Oct. 2 that "in the face of tragedy we need each other."

"And in the face of violence, we stand together because we cannot let hate and violence have the last word," he said in his remarks at the evening service.

"We gather from all faiths and walks of life. We pray and sing and listen to the word of God to remind ourselves that amidst this tragedy, God is with us," Bishop Pepe said. "God cries with our tears."

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Las Vegas Catholic churches, schools pull together through faith in wake of shooting

WASHINGTON – Students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas began school Oct. 2 – hours after the mass shooting in that city – by praying the rosary together in the school gym.

The school is just three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, the location of most of the city's largest hotels and casinos, and the site of the Oct. 1 mass shooting at a musical festival that left 59 people dead, including the shooter, and wounded more than 500.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
Congress urged to let houses of worship seek FEMA aid after disasters
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers in Washington were urged to approve a bill introduced in Congress to ensure the fair and equal treatment for houses of worship damaged in natural disasters "by enabling them to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency." More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Congressman says inaction on aid to those suffering in Iraq unconscionable
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, blasted unnamed "career staff" at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development for inaction that he said will lead to further genocide of Christians, Yezidis and other religious minorities in Iraq at the hands of Islamic State militants. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Rev. King's words on nonviolence need to be lived today, speakers say
WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much to today's society as it did when Rev. King put his philosophy to paper 60 years ago, said speakers at an Oct. 2 news conference at the memorial dedicated to the civil rights figure in Washington. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Bishop urges U.S. to remain party to Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON -- If the United States abandons a multinational agreement that limits the ability of Iran to develop nuclear weapons, the incentive for North Korea to negotiate about its nuclear weapons program would be weakened, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
USCCB president, Pope call for prayers after 'unspeakable terror' in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON – The nation has experienced "yet another night filled with unspeakable terror" and "we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said as news continued to stream in Oct. 2 of a shooting rampage in Las Vegas.

A gunman, now identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was perched high on the 32nd floor of a hotel and from his room unleashed a shower of bullets late Oct. 1 on an outdoor country music festival taking place below. The crowd at the event numbered more than 22,000.

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Monday, October 2, 2017
Congressman Scalise credits power of prayer for his shooting recovery
WASHINGTON -- Three and a half months after he was shot during an early morning baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, received thunderous applause and standing ovations from the House floor Sept. 28 where he attributed his recovery to the power of prayer. More ...
Monday, October 2, 2017
After earthquake in Mexico, where churches don't stand, people still pray

PUEBLA, Mexico – The legend goes that there are 365 churches in San Pedro Cholula, one for every day of the year.

However, in the aftermath of the Sept. 19 earthquake, nearly every colorful and picturesque church is fractured and security perimeters make sure congregants cannot access them. Residents fear more might still tumble.

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Pope's Communications Day theme will be truth in age of 'fake news'

VATICAN CITY – Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day.

 

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Aung San Suu Kyi is trapped by the generals. Can Pope Francis help?
BANGKOK -- This commentary and analysis, written by Michael Sainsbury for ucanews.com, was published Sept. 18, the day before Aung San Suu Kyi's speech condemning human rights violations. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Myanmar leader condemns human rights violations in speech on Rohingya
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar  -- Faced with a powerful military keen to have martial law declared in Rakhine state, which nearly half a million people fled in three weeks, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, avoided any mention of ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya while broadly condemning human rights violations in her first major address on the issue. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Myanmar charges against aid groups leave displaced Rohingya without food
SITTWE, Myanmar -- The U.N.'s World Food Program, which provides regular food aid to 120,000 Rohingya Muslims displaced and living in camps in Myanmar, was working against the clock to deliver basic survival rations to up to 50,000 people. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Aid workers see humanitarian crisis as Rohingya flee to Bangladesh
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh -- Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, fleeing violence in which at least 1,000 were killed in just two weeks. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017



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