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President Trump nominates Catholic Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has announced that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"What matters is not a judge's personal views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require," Trump said in his announcement July 9 at the White House, adding, "I am pleased to say I have found, without doubt, such a person."

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Another busy year ends for Supreme Court with all eyes on next term
WASHINGTON -- "That's a wrap" could have been said late morning June 27 at the U.S. Supreme Court after the court issued its last two decisions of the term. More ...
Monday, July 2, 2018
Central America migrants risk life, safety for trek to United States
GUADALUPE, Mexico • Honduran migrant Selvin Meza Garcia did not want to work as a “tax collector.” Gangs in the Central American country collect “war taxes” – a euphemism for extortion – from ordinary people and force young men like him to collect it, often at gunpoint and with threats of violence for nonpayment. More ...
Monday, July 2, 2018
Republicans help bring down their party's 'compromise' immigration bill
WASHINGTON -- Republicans failed June 27 to advance a bill on immigration before Congress takes a summer break, unable to get enough votes from their own party to back it, even as public outcry grows over family separation at the border and other immigration issues. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border
CHICAGO -- Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as "a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation's southern border" with Mexico. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
USCCB HQ receives hundreds of calls about fostering detained kids
WASHINGTON -- Maybe it was the request by the Pentagon for 20,000 mattresses as military bases become, at least partly, shelters for detained border crossers. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Court upholds travel ban, says directive within President's scope
WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban on people entering the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries, saying the President's action was within his power.

The court's much anticipated decision in the last case it heard this term reversed a series of lower court decisions that had struck down the ban as Illegal or unconstitutional.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Court says requirements on pregnancy centers violate free speech
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 26 that a California law that placed requirements on crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion violated the First Amendment.

In its decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the court found that the law changes the content of the clinic's speech "by compelling petitioners to speak a particular message," and that the law went further than being a mere "regulation of professional conduct that incidentally burdens speech."

The state law in question is the Reproductive FACT Act, which says pregnancy centers must post notices in their facilities about where low-cost abortion services are available and also must disclose if they have medical personnel on staff.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Catholic Church's 2018 religious freedom observance begins June 22, the feast of two English martyrs who fought religious persecution -- Sts. John Fisher and St. Thomas More -- and ends June 29, the feast of two apostles martyred in Rome -- Sts. Peter and Paul. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Pope prays for victims of Guatemala volcano disaster

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead.

In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of Guatemala, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope was "profoundly grieved upon learning the sad news of the violent eruption of the 'Volcan de Fuego' (Volcano of Fire)."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

WASHINGTON – In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Constitution's protection of religious freedom in its ruling against the baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for the same-sex couple.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Study: Puerto Rico's disaster death tally may have been much higher
WASHINGTON  -- The official tally of 64 deaths on the island of Puerto Rico attributed to 2017's powerful Hurricane Maria has been disputed for some time, but in late May, a study in a respected scientific journal said that figure may have underestimated the island's fatalities by the thousands. More ...
Friday, June 1, 2018
Cardinal says separating abortion from Title X funds 'greatly needed'
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. bishops' pro-life chairman praised the Trump administration's move to reinstate Reagan-era regulations banning any family planning clinic that receives Title X federal funds from making abortion referrals or sharing space with abortion providers. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
U.S. Catholics donate nearly $59 million to hurricane, earthquake relief
WASHINGTON  -- U.S. Catholics have donated close to $59 million to relief and recovery efforts in response to the destruction caused by three hurricanes that hit the United States and the Caribbean and two earthquakes in Mexico last year. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Diocese of Trenton responded generously
Part of the $59 million donated by U.S. Catholics to disaster relief in 2017 was more than $800,000 that parishioners in the Diocese of Trenton gave in support of relief effort following Hurricane Harvey. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

DUBLIN – Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Life influences how people deal with environment, say Mideast faith leaders
JERUSALEM -- It's hard to discuss detrimental environmental effects of using the diesel fuel needed to run generators in Gaza when people only have three hours of government-provided electricity a day, said Tahani Abu Daqqa, former Palestinian Minister of Culture. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Indonesian Christian leaders call for unity after suicide bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia  -- Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia's second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tax reform brings challenges, opportunities for charities, says speaker
MIAMI  -- What has been described as the most significant overhaul of the federal tax system in three decades -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- also has been flagged as a potential train wreck for annual charitable giving. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pope expresses concern about 'spiral of violence' in Holy Land

VATICAN CITY – Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. 

"I am very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations," he said in an appeal May 16 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018



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