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'We hold you in prayer,' New Zealand bishops tell Muslims after deadly attack on mosques
Members of a SWAT team push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15. New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed their horror and distress at terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch; at least 49 people were killed. CNS photos/Martin Hunter, Reuters

Members of a SWAT team push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15. New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed their horror and distress at terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch; at least 49 people were killed. CNS photos/Martin Hunter, Reuters

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.

The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where seven were killed. One more person subsequently died at Christchurch Hospital. Muslims had gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Some of those killed were children, it has been reported.
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Friday, March 15, 2019

GOP House members urge Democrats to allow vote on 'Born-Alive' measure
WASHINGTON – Republican leaders in the House are calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and other House Democrats "to stop blocking" a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
USCCB migration chairman, head of CRS oppose 'Remain in Mexico' policy
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services March 13 joined Texas and Mexico bishops in opposing the U.S. policy of sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico while they wait for court proceedings. More ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers among the 157 killed in Ethiopian plane crash
WASHINGTON – Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation. More ...
Monday, March 11, 2019
Catholic Charities offering aid after deadly tornado ravages South
MOBILE, Ala. – With search and rescue efforts underway for the tornado that whipped through Alabama and other parts of the South March 3, Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi asked for prayers for "those who lost their lives and their loved ones as well as those who have lost homes and businesses." More ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Smith, others in House condemn Senate block of born-alive bill, vow action
WASHINGTON –  Speaking behind a small podium outside the House of Representatives, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, delivered a message to his political opponents: "We reach across the aisle and say to our friends on the Democratic side, please, at least on this one, help these live-born children!" More ...
Friday, March 1, 2019
Senate fails to advance bill to protect babies who survive abortion
WASHINGTON – The Senate has failed to advance a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, that would have required babies born alive after an abortion to be given medical attention and "the same protection of law as any newborn."

"I want to ask each and every one of my colleagues whether we're OK with infanticide," Sasse said on the floor ahead of the vote Feb. 25.
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Supreme Court offers possible ground for WWI memorial cross to stay
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to lean toward preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Maryland Feb. 27 without making overall clarifications about the constitutionality of religious symbols on public property. More ...
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Florida Catholic school's prayer service marks school shooting anniversary
PARKLAND, Fla. ­– One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims. More ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger
ROME – Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Calls for conversion, prayers for unborn follow signing of NY abortion law
NEW YORK – On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, "a night when darkness claims the victory," more than 500 people gathered at St. Patrick's Cathedral to give thanks for the gift of life and pray for an end to abortion. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Venezuelan bishops say fresh calls for protest are 'sign of hope'
CARACAS, Venezuela  – The Venezuelan bishops' conference labeled fresh calls for anti-government street protests as "a sign of hope" in the country, which continues to suffer through a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. More ...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Church leaders call Philippine Church attack 'heinous and evil' terrorism
MANILA, Philippines – Church leaders condemned bomb explosions that killed at least 20 people and injured about 100 others inside a Catholic Church in the southern Philippines Jan. 27. They called the attack a "heinous and evil" act of terrorism. More ...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect 'vulnerable' groups
WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump and Congress “must come together” to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and “recognizes the economic struggle” now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops. More ...
Friday, January 25, 2019
Rev. King called 'artisan of peace' and 'true witness to power of Gospel'
WASHINGTON – Societies today need "artisans of peace," like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More ...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Report says accurate number of children separated at border is unknown
WASHINGTON – A report published Jan. 17 says the number of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border last year is unknown and the number given out by government officials at the end of 2018, saying that 2,737 children were separated, is not accurate. The number may be much higher. More ...
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Marchers urged to stand strong, fight for life with 'compassion, hope'

WASHINGTON – Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. law have a friend in the Pence family and the Trump Administration, Vice President Mike Pence told the March for Life crowd on the National Mall Jan. 18.

Pence and second lady Karen Pence were a surprise addition to the roster of speakers at the rally, and after his remarks, the vice president introduced a videotaped message by President Donald Trump, which also was unexpected.

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Friday, January 18, 2019
Judges block expansion of religious exemptions to HHS mandate
WASHINGTON – Two federal judges temporarily blocked the government from putting into effect new rules that would expand the exemption to the federal contraceptive mandate to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers. More ...
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chairman of U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration calls for solution to end government shutdown
WASHINGTON – Bishop Joseph Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration issued the following statement calling for President Trump and Congressional leaders to create a border solution and end the government shut-down.   More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Trump visits Texas migrant center at invitation of nun along border
MCALLEN, Texas – President Donald Trump got a brief look at the work of a well-known Catholic Charities-run refugee center in South Texas during a daylong trip to the border. More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Trump signs law putting $430M into anti-human trafficking efforts
WASHINGTON – Nationwide efforts to confront human trafficking received a boost in the new year as President Donald Trump signed a bill reauthorizing federal expenditures for prevention and assistance programs across the federal government.


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

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