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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
Catholic Church in Indonesia joins effort to curb use of plastics
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Months after Indonesia's military was summoned to unclog Jakarta Bay, Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo has joined a chorus of disapproval of the nation's growing plastic waste problem by calling parishioners to action. More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Christians concerned about religious freedom if Turkey enters Syria

AMMAN, Jordan • Growing numbers of Christians in North America and Europe are joining Christians in Syria’s northeast in expressing concern for the future of religious minorities and Kurds in that region should the U.S. give Turkey the “green light” to take over the fight against Islamic State.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
House budget bill repeals 'Mexico City Policy' on NGO abortion funding
WASHINGTON – The budget bill passed by the House of Representatives to try to end the partial government shutdown includes a provision to repeal the "Mexico City Policy" that prohibits U.S. funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion. More ...
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Jesuit to remain as House Chaplain in new Congress
WASHINGTON – A Jesuit whom former Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan sought to oust in 2018 will remain in his post as chaplain of the legislative body as the 116th session of Congress begins. More ...
Sunday, January 6, 2019
At the border, communities vent anger toward Washington
WASHINGTON – Trash was not picked up around some of the most famous of monuments in Washington, and the White House Visitor Center and other tourist spots in the nation's capital closed as the president and lawmakers refused to find common ground to end a partial government shutdown. More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Dec. 30, 2018
The following news briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service: More ...
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Sister Wendy Beckett, art critic and British TV star, dies at age 88
WASHINGTON – Sister Wendy Beckett, who gained fame in the 1990s for television shows and books explaining art, died Dec. 26 in Norfolk, England, at the age of 88. More ...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Catholic groups denounce child's death near U.S. border on Christmas Eve
WASHINGTON – Immigration officials announced new health checks for immigrant children under detention after a second child, an 8-year-old boy, died Christmas Eve while under the agency's care. More ...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
CRS working in Indonesia to assess needs of tsunami survivors
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Catholic Relief Services is working with local partners to help determine the greatest needs of survivors of Indonesia's Dec. 22 tsunami, said Yenni Suryani, country manager for the U.S. agency. More ...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Supreme Court turns down Trump Administration request on asylum rules
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote Dec. 21 rejected the Trump Administration's request that the court let it implement a rule that those who enter the United States without documents will not be eligible for asylum. More ...
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Catholics lead effort that paved way for law on aid to Mideast Christians
To get a bill on providing humanitarian aid to Christians in the Middle East passed by the House and Senate and on to President Donald Trump to sign "was a long and arduous journey," said the author of the bill, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey. More ...
Friday, December 21, 2018
Catholic groups raise concerns that climate rulebook not ambitious enough
WARSAW, Poland – Catholic participants and observers criticized a "lack of ambition" by government negotiators at a U.N. conference on climate change that ended Dec. 15 with agreement on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord. More ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Scapegoating migrants in political speeches is unacceptable, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – In today's climate of mistrust, rejection and nationalism, the world urgently needs peacemakers and politicians who protect and lovingly serve others, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1. More ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
U.S. bishops, others mourn death of Guatemalan girl near border
WASHINGTON – Three U.S. Catholic bishops Dec. 18 joined their voices in mourning the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl shortly after she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father and they turned themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection seeking asylum. More ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Faith advocates see victories in new farm bill
WASHINGTON – The farm bill that passed both houses of Congress by wide margins doesn't have money in it to protect endangered species, but it did preserve one that had been on the threatened list: bipartisanship. More ...
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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