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Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger
Pope Francis addresses the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome Feb. 14, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring
Pope Francis addresses the governing council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development at the headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome Feb. 14, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring
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
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



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