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Still time to curb worst effects of warmer world, climate scientist says
The sun peeks through the smoke and burned out trees during the Carr Fire in late July in the Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area near Redding, Calif. In a recent talk, scientist Veerabhadran

The sun peeks through the smoke and burned out trees during the Carr Fire in late July in the Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area near Redding, Calif. In a recent talk, scientist Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan warned that unless mankind takes steps to slow down the global warming process, stronger and larger hurricanes and wildfires will occur. CNS photo/Kelly Jordan, USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters

PHILADELPHIA – An internationally renowned pioneer in climate science and climate change research, in an address at Villanova University, said that rather than "finger-pointing" about the causes of global warming, people need take collective action to slow the process. More ...
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nation mourns death of George H.W. Bush, recalls life of public service

WASHINGTON – When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide "an extra shot of strength when you need it."

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Saturday, December 1, 2018
CDC report shows continued decline in U.S. abortion rate
WASHINGTON – The archbishop who chairs the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities cheered news that the abortion rate in the United States continues to shrink, as does the number of abortions overall. More ...
Saturday, December 1, 2018
U.N. migration pact seeks to promote dialogue, Vatican official says
VATICAN CITY – An intergovernmental pact can help countries address the current migration crisis through dialogue and concrete solutions rather than confrontation and fear, says a prominent Vatican official. More ...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Catholic groups pledge to make Church's voice heard at climate conference
WARSAW, Poland – As government delegations from across the globe prepare for a Dec. 2-14 U.N. conference on climate change, Catholic organizations are pledging to make the Church’s voice heard. More ...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Rep. Smith's legislation to provide aid to genocide victims passes House
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure late Nov. 27 to provide humanitarian relief to genocide victims in Iraq and Syria and to hold Islamic State perpetrators accountable. More ...
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
As caravan arrives to far west U.S.-Mexico border, area bishops urge compassion for migrants
HOUSTON – Laredo’s Bishop James A. Tamayo is calling Church leaders and lay faithful to “extend the compassion of Christ” to those who come to Catholic churches in need. More ...
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Catholic migrant advocates have mixed reaction to Tijuana border events
MEXICO CITY – The chaotic scene in Tijuana Nov. 25 – when migrants, including women and children, were repelled from the U.S. border with tear gas – prompted the closure of one of the world's busiest border crossings. It also showed the increasing impatience and despair of thousands of caravan participants, who could spend months in an uncomfortable camp as they wait to present asylum claims to U.S. officials. More ...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Pope offers prayers for victims of California wildfires; death toll climbs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fire officials reported that the death toll had reached at least 85 in the Camp Fire north of Sacramento, one of the deadliest blazes in the state. The number of people who are missing has reached almost 1,000. More ...
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Ohio House passes bill to ban abortion after heartbeat of unborn detected
COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio House for the second time in two years has passed a ban on abortion after the fetal heartbeat is detected, which could occur within the first six weeks of pregnancy. More ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Catholic, international aid agencies press for end of war in Yemen
WASHINGTON – Catholic and international aid organizations are pressing for an end to Yemen's worsening war, where the United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes.

David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, called Yemen "the world's worst humanitarian disaster in 100 years." Half of Yemen's 28 million people are on the brink of starvation and the country is suffering from the worst cholera epidemic in modern history.

"The humanitarian disaster in Yemen is of horrific proportions," Kevin Hartigan of Catholic Relief Services told Catholic News Service, describing the crisis erupting in the impoverished nation at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula which is embroiled in a nearly four-year-old conflict.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
California prelates urge prayers, humanitarian aid for victims of fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – By midday Nov. 16 firefighters had gained more ground in trying to contain the Camp Fire in Northern California, which is north of Sacramento and one of the deadliest blazes in the state. More ...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Archbishop: Irish actions in WWI should be impetus for today's leaders
BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Ireland's most senior Catholic cleric said the suffering endured by the Irish – Catholic and Protestant – during World War I should act as an impetus for political leaders today to build a just and lasting peace in Northern Ireland. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Religious groups made effort to drive their flocks to midterm voting
WASHINGTON – Just before the polls opened on Election Day on the West Coast, the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara in California tweeted a photo of Brother Sam Nasada in a brown habit holding a sign, imploring others to vote, using a quote from Pope Francis: "Indifference is dangerous." More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
World has not learned lessons from Great War, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said.

World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders "to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put an end to the conflicts that still stain many regions of the world with blood," the Pope said Nov. 11 after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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Monday, November 12, 2018
Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I's end
WASHINGTON – With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor those men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

The Mass was offered Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the same hour in Paris that the armistice between the Allies and Germany took effect exactly 100 years ago, thus ending "the war to end all wars." The conflict – which was waged from 1914 to 1918 – resulted in around 40 million deaths.
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Monday, November 12, 2018
'Pray hard' for all affected by California shooting, Los Angeles archbishop says
LOS ANGELES -- After a shooting spree late Nov. 7 at a country-music bar in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles from the heart of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles asked people to "pray hard" for the victims and their families. More ...
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Aid groups, bishop sound alarm over humanitarian crisis in Yemen
AMMAN, Jordan -- Aid agencies and Catholic officials are sounding the alarm on Yemen's spiraling humanitarian crisis, calling on the combatants to end the war and make badly needed assistance available. More ...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Listen to those in need, Pope says in World Day of Poor message
VATICAN CITY -- How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked. More ...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Pope prays for Coptic Orthodox Christians after terrorist attack
VATICAN CITY – In the wake of a deadly attack against Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt, Pope Francis prayed for the victims, their families and the entire Christian community. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Catholics have divine imperative to stand with all migrants, says priest
PORTLAND, Ore. -- God crossed the border from divinity to humanity, sparking a divine imperative that we stand in solidarity with those migrating in the world, a theologian said in a couple of talks he delivered in Portland. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018



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