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House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’
Mar. 21, 2017, By Catholic News Service
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 ...

Catholics, Muslims urged to work together, learn from one another
Mar. 21, 2017, By Michelle Martin
CHICAGO – Leaders in Catholic-Muslim dialogue called on members of both faith communities to find ways to accompany one another and work together at a moment when all religion is under threat from an increasingly secular and even anti-religious society.  

Catholic college’s basketball chaplain is a 97-year-old nun
Mar. 6, 2017, By Catholic News Service
CHICAGO – Religious and clergy alike do their part to help the Ramblers’ men’s basketball team at Loyola University Chicago.  

Pope greets US grass-roots groups
Feb. 20, 2017, By Dennis Sadowski
MODESTO – Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society’s hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.  

Presidential travel ban prompts Catholic outrage
Feb. 7, 2017, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – President Trump’s executive order temporarily closing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries prompted a wave of outcry, including a letter from more than 2,000 religious leaders representing the ...

Supreme Court pick wins applause from religious freedom advocates
Feb. 7, 2017, By CNA/EWTN News
WASHINGTON – Pro-life leaders and religious freedom advocates hailed President Trump’s choice of Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.  

Faith leaders urge communities to show care for their neighbor
Feb. 7, 2017, By Kelly Seegers
WASHINGTON – A coalition of interfaith leaders from the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington gathered at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Jan. 31 to announce a vision statement for religious communities in the local area.  

Speaker: Growth of US Hispanic population a blessing for church, says speaker
Feb. 7, 2017, By Andrea Acosta
WASHINGTON – Hispanics in the Catholic Church are not a problem to be solved, but a blessing and an opportunity, said Hosffman Ospino in a Jan. 31 talk at The Catholic University of America in Washington.   

Prelates decry Trump move to keep Obama executive order
Feb. 6, 2017, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – The chairmen of two bishops’ committees expressed disappointment Feb. 1 over President Donald Trump’s decision to retain a 2014 executive order by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that bans federal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation ...

Clergy differ on bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment
Feb. 6, 2017, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – People of goodwill can disagree on matters of public policy – even if they’re ordained clergy, and the public policy under debate has the potential to affect the way they conduct their ministry.  

Trump presidency receives words of hope, prayers for civility
Jan. 24, 2017, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – Words of congratulations as well as caution emerged from political and religious leaders as President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20.  

Trump executive order reinstates ‘Mexico City Policy’ on abortion
Jan. 24, 2017, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order Jan. 23 reinstating the “Mexico City Policy,” which bans all foreign nongovernmental organizations receiving U.S. funds from performing or promoting abortion as a method of family planning in ...

Chicago marchers carry crosses in memory of murder victims
Jan. 10, 2017
People carry crosses with names of victims of gun violence during a Dec. 31 march in downtown Chicago. 

Federal judge blocks HHS transgender regulation
Jan. 10, 2017, By Catholic News Service
AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge in Texas Dec. 31 blocked a regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring Catholic hospitals and health care providers to perform or provide gender transition services, saying it would place “substantial ...

Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life
Jan. 10, 2017, By Beth Griffin
NEWARK, N.J. – The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become “a ...

Supreme Court tackles major issues this year, loses key member of bench
Dec. 13, 2016, By Carol Zimmermann
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court not only tackled a number of issues this year including immigration, abortion, the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the death penalty, but the justices weighed in on those cases with one less vote after Justice ...

After divisive elections, bishops urge Catholics to build bridges
Dec. 13, 2016, By Dennis Sadowski
WASHINGTON – Bishops across the country are encouraging parishioners to put aside their differences and work for the common good as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepared for his Jan. 20 inauguration.  

Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics
Dec. 5, 2016, By Patrick Downes
HONOLULU – “Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will ...

US bishops address post-election animus
Nov. 29, 2016, By Rhina Guidos
BALTIMORE – Like many others, the U.S. Catholic bishops are trying to figure out how to deal with a president-elect who’s different from anyone they’ve dealt with in the past and one involved in one of the most rancorous elections in modern times.  

For Cuban exiles, painful memories mix with relief at Castro’s death
Nov. 28, 2016, By Ana Rodriguez-Soto
MIAMI – While many celebrated loudly on the streets, the death of Fidel Castro triggered a more subdued reaction among the Cuban exiles who attended the noon Mass Nov. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity.  

Keep calm and follow Jesus, US bishops say after the election
Nov. 15, 2016, By Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
BALTIMORE – As the country recovers from a divisive election and many in the U.S. are living in uncertainty, the Catholic Church must offer everyone hope, the outgoing president of the U.S. bishops’ conference said at the start of the national bishops conference.  

Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern
Nov. 15, 2016, By Carol Zimmermann
WASHINGTON – In this year’s election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.  

Pope’s U.S. representative: Bring in youth from periphery
Nov. 15, 2016, By Carol Zimmermann
BALTIMORE – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new apostolic nuncio to the United States, urged U.S. bishops to pay close attention to young Catholics to both learn from them and help them to deepen their faith.  

Catholic groups urge AMA to oppose assisted suicide
Oct. 17, 2016, By Dennis Sadowski
WASHINGTON – Two Catholic organizations are calling on physicians to urge the American Medical Association to maintain its current stance against physician-assisted suicide.  

Leaked emails show ‘hostility’ to Catholic Church, some say
Oct. 17, 2016, By Julie Asher
WASHINGTON – The chief liaison to Republican nominee Donald Trump for Catholic issues said that emails released Oct. 11 by WikiLeaks “reveal the depths of the hostility of Hillary Clinton and her campaign toward Catholics.”  

Moved by Mercy’ is theme of Respect Life Month, yearlong observance
Oct. 4, 2016, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – All human life must be “cherished and protected,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.  

Charlotte parishioners mourn protester’s death
Sep. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
 CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Demanding justice in the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, protesters marched through uptown Charlotte the evening of Sept. 21 and confronted police in riot gear. Justin Carr, 25, was among them.  

Exhibit of St. Thomas More artifacts debuts at St. John Paul II shrine
Sep. 19, 2016
WASHINGTON – A new exhibit featuring artifacts revolving around St. Thomas More has opened at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. Titled “God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More,” the exhibit runs through March 31.

High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election
Sep. 19, 2016, By Tom Tracy
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, “This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes.”  

5,600-plus sisters call for civility by candidates in presidential race
Aug. 9, 2016, By Catholic News Service
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – More than 5,600 U.S. religious sisters have signed a letter asking for civil discourse in the presidential campaign.  

Training prepares dioceses for terrorism, mass shootings, other disasters
Aug. 9, 2016, By Rhina Guidos
WASHINGTON – To help before tragedy occurs, a Washington-based priest and psychologist is conducting a free webinar at the end of August to prepare priests, religious and other church members to deal with the trauma that follows a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or ...

Professor offers steps for ministers to avoid burnout
Aug. 9, 2016, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – C. Vanessa White, who has an extensive and impressive resume, knows all about burnout.  

Biden ‘counter-witness’ to church teaching, prelates say
Aug. 9, 2016, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – Three U.S. bishops took to the blogosphere Aug. 5 to comment on Vice President Joseph Biden’s choosing to preside at a marriage of a same-sex couple. Biden officiated at the ceremony of two male White House staff at the vice presidential residence in ...

Resources for liturgy: On caring for God’s creation
Aug. 9, 2016
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compiled a set of liturgical resources for parish and home including prayers of thanksgiving and praise, Scripture readings and song. Following are excerpts from the six-page document available online at ...

U.S. House in bipartisan vote pass Conscience Protection Act
Jul. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
 WASHINGTON – When the U.S. Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, legislation to protect the right of conscience will be before the Senate after the House on July 13—in a bipartisan 245-182 vote—approved the Conscience Protection Act. 

University president defends Catholic hiring for Catholic identity
Jul. 26, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz, Catholic San Francisco
 A majority of a university's faculty "must be Catholic" for a university to be Catholic, said the president of The Catholic University of America in a speech in Napa.

Criminal charges dropped against Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Jul. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
 ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Standing before reporters and cameras July 20, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis failed in its handling of the case of Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest who pleaded guilty in two courts of abusing three ...

Alaska high court strikes down voter-approved abortion notification law
Jul. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
  ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- In a 4-1 decision July 22, the Alaska Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved law that required at least one parent to be notified before an abortion practitioner could perform an abortion on a minor girl.

Does ancient heresy explain transgender bathrooms, abortion?
Jul. 25, 2016, By Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco
The rapid transformation of society’s values—so that a teenage girl can be labeled a bigot because she doesn’t want to share locker room showers with a boy who believes he is a girl--can be traced to a second century heresy of Gnosticism, a Princeton University ...

US bishops: Sept. 9 to be national day of prayer
Jul. 25, 2016, By US Conference of Catholic Bishops
 WASHINGTON -- In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. ...

Bishops’ president: Violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’
Jul. 12, 2016, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas to protest fatal shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week “calls us to a moment of national reflection,” said the president of the ...

House hearing looks at threats to religious freedom
Jun. 21, 2016, By Allana Haynes
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, said June 16 that “religious liberty is called America’s ‘first freedom.’”  

Youngest Orlando shooting victim just graduated from Catholic high school
Jun. 21, 2016, By Matthew Gambino
PHILADELPHIA – Akyra Murray, who just recently graduated from West Catholic Preparatory High School, was the youngest victim of the Orlando nightclub shooting June 12.  

Faith leaders push to reform ‘dehumanizing’ prison isolation
Jun. 7, 2016, By Dennis Sadowski
WASHINGTON – The “SHU” is not much larger than a good-size bathroom.  

Archdiocese offers $65 million in remuneration for sex abuse victims
Jun. 7, 2016, By Catholic News Service
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Sixteen months after entering Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a plan for reorganization May 26 as part of the bankruptcy process.  

Cincinnati parishioners learn to ‘Civilize It’ during election season
Jun. 7, 2016, By Dennis Sadowski
CLEVELAND – Amid the anger, the attacks and the sometimes boisterous nature of this year’s presidential campaign, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is encouraging parishioners to remember that civility in politics is a virtue.  

‘Take the high road,’ bishop tells Catholic communicators
Jun. 7, 2016, By Catholic News Service
ST. LOUIS – In today’s age of cyberbullying and online vitriol, be sure to take the high road and build people up rather than tear them down, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vermont, told Catholic communicators attending the Catholic Media Conference.  

Ali known not just for prowess in ring but also for faith, generosity
Jun. 7, 2016, By Nancy Wiechec
PHOENIX – Muhammad Ali leaves an indelible mark on the world not only as a fighter and athlete but as a man of faith, courage and generosity.  

Both sides claimed victory in the Little Sisters’ contraceptive mandate case: So now what?
May. 24, 2016, By Catholic News Agency
WASHINGTON, D.C. – While both sides say they are happy with the U.S. Supreme Court decision to send back to the lower courts the Little Sisters of the Poor case challenging the federal government’s contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act – the final ...

Remains of Spanish explorer’s cross believed discovered at Arkansas dig
May. 17, 2016, By Aprille Hanson
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – The first Catholic liturgy is believed to have been occurred in Arkansas 475 years ago, but archaeologists are working to authenticate physical proof of that celebration near the St. Francis River, about 40 miles from the Mississippi River.

Scientists and faith leaders: Time to scale back nuclear arms
May. 10, 2016, By CNA/EWTN News
WASHINGTON – A coalition of scientists and faith leaders has called on President Barack Obama to take “meaningful” steps to reduce the threat of “nuclear catastrophe” in light of his likely upcoming trip to Japan.

Archbishop joins Chicago parish to promote neighborhood peace
May. 10, 2016, By Joyce Duriga
CHICAGO – The city of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood leads a noteworthy list, but one its residents would rather not be on.  

Louisiana inmates lead Catholic ministries for incarcerated, visitors
May. 10, 2016, By Catholic News Service
ANGOLA, Louisiana – Because he’s incarcerated, Ricky Krummel feels he has a glaring “X” on his back.  

A step closer to sainthood for Dorothy Day
Apr. 26, 2016, By CNA/EWTN News
NEW YORK – A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.  

Ex-PP official tells students about abortion’s reality; cardinal decries ‘choice’ rhetoric
Apr. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON – Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood employee of the year who has become an outspoken pro-life advocate, told Georgetown University students April 20 that even the most strident abortion provider can have a change of heart.  

Religious films showcased at Hollywood festival
Apr. 26, 2016, By Catholic News Service
NEW YORK – Religious movies with a Catholic focus will be among those showcased at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California, April 28-May 1.  

Divided Supreme Court hears Texas abortion case
Mar. 15, 2016, By Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments March 2 about a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet higher medical standards, advocates outside the court said the regulations are about protecting women’s health.   

Cardinal: Collegiality, synodality ‘twin sisters’ of a prelate’s work
Feb. 23, 2016, By Mark Pattison
WASHINGTON – Collegiality and synodality are “twin sisters” of a bishop’s work, according to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, who gave the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture Feb. 18 at The Catholic University of America in Washington.  

The deeper his faith, the better public servant Scalia was, says son
Feb. 23, 2016, By Mark Zimmermann
WASHINGTON – Just as many pilgrims are passing through the Holy Door at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in this Year of Mercy, the casket bearing the body of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia entered through the door Feb. ...

Supreme Court without Justice Scalia: Will it lack a tip of the scales?
Feb. 23, 2016, By Carol Zimmermann
WASHINGTON – As the nation looks ahead to upcoming Supreme Court decisions without Justice Antonin Scalia’s input, it may see a lot of tie scores.  






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