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U.S. bishops 'gravely disappointed' with House passage of Equality Act
WASHINGTON – Five U.S. bishops, chairmen of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees or subcommittees, said May 17 they were "gravely disappointed" with the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Equality Act. More ...
Monday, May 20, 2019

New York religious leaders endorse bill to end solitary confinement

ALBANY, N.Y. – The numbers are so staggering that it has been called “torture.”

Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day. The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, which has not yet made its way to the floor of the New York state House or Senate, is looking to change that.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Immigration advocates express concerns about Trump 'merit-based' plan
WASHINGTON – Catholic immigration advocates raised concerns about a proposal from President Donald Trump that would reshape U.S. immigration policy to incorporate a "merit-based" system that prioritizes high-skilled workers over those with family already in the country. More ...
Friday, May 17, 2019
Jesuit astronomer works to unravel the mysteries of galactic evolution

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jesuit Father Richard D'Souza finds halos mesmerizing.

Galactic halos, that is. Not the angelic variety.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Pro-life leaders applaud passage of abortion bill in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is "the extinguishing of a unique human life," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life. More ...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Parish near Colorado school shooting responds with prayer, counseling

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – When news of a school shooting May 7 at STEM School Highlands Ranch reached St. Mark Parish, just two miles away, parish staff members immediately began calling the nine families from the parish known to have children at the school.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Four bishops sign on to letter voicing concerns with Equality Act
WASHINGTON – Four U.S. bishops, chairmen of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees or subcommittees, have signed on to a letter voicing religious freedom concerns with the Equality Act, introduced in the House this year. More ...
Monday, May 13, 2019
Georgia governor signs heartbeat bill restricting state abortions

ATLANTA – Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation May 7 to ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks.

The bill's signing comes after weeks of protests and amid outcry for legal action against it.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting
WASHINGTON – Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded. More ...
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Church across street from Charlotte campus shooting prays for peace
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – People gathered to pray at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte the day after a student opened fire April 30 in a classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which killed two people and wounded four others. More ...
Friday, May 3, 2019
Church attacked by Maduro loyalists after Mass, Venezuelan bishop says
VATICAN CITY – While protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raged across the country, National Guard forces loyal to the embattled head of state launched tear gas at churchgoers attending Mass at a local parish. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Churches have been targets of attack in South Asia, Southeast Asia
BANGKOK – Several experts believe the threat to churches in South and Southeast Asia has increased following the Easter bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people and injured 500. More ...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Court: Philadelphia can end faith-based agencies' foster placements
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled April 22 that the city of Philadelphia can bar Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from placing children in foster care with any family because the Catholic agency upholds traditional marriage.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
'Our country should be better than this,' USCCB president says after synagogue shooting
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the deadly shooting April 27 that took place at Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego.   More ...
Monday, April 29, 2019
Questions for Sri Lankan government after not taking precautions before Easter bombings

BANGKOK – Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said he is struggling following the Easter bombings in his country "because there are no words with which I can console my people."

"I don't know what to say to them. I try. I tried to go to their funerals and I tried to embrace them and tell them I am with them, but I have no words to say. I am suffering with them."

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Friday, April 26, 2019
During Balkans visit, Pope to touch on sensitive issues of ecumenism, migration
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will head to the Eastern periphery of Europe May 5-7, visiting Bulgaria and North Macedonia, both predominantly Orthodox countries with a small, but active Catholic minority. More ...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Justices lean toward including citizenship question in next census
WASHINGTON – During April 23 oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the majority of justices seemed in favor of an added question about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. More ...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Sri Lanka Easter bombings traced to little-known group
BANGKOK – The Sri Lankan government blamed little-known Islamic group National Thowheeth Jama'ath for the Easter suicide bombings that targeted three churches and three luxury hotels across the country. More ...
Monday, April 22, 2019
President of U.S. bishops asks for prayers for victims of Easter morning Sri Lanka bombings
WASHINGTON – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the coordinated attacks carried out by terrorists April 21 on multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. More ...
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning Paris cathedral
PARIS – A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral. More ...
Friday, April 19, 2019
Man arrested after trying to walk into cathedral with flammables
NEW YORK – A man who tried to walk through St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan close to 8 p.m. local time April 17 had gas cans, lighter fluid and igniters and claimed he was just cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue where he had left his car, which he said had run out of gas. More ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019

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