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U.N. declares special day to remember victims of violence against religion
St. Mary's Cathedral in Marawi City, Philippines, is seen May 11. On May 28, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing Aug. 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion. CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

St. Mary's Cathedral in Marawi City, Philippines, is seen May 11. On May 28, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing Aug. 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion. CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

WASHINGTON – The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution establishing Aug. 22 as the Day to Commemorate Victims of Violence Based on Religion. The resolution invites all member states, relevant organizations, civil society, individuals and the private sector to observe the international day and show appropriate support for victims of religiously motivated violence.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

From the CNS archives, a dispatch from France after the Allied invasion

WASHINGTON – Here is a dispatch from Rouen, France, some days after Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944. It was written for the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service, the forerunner to Catholic News Service.

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Pope, Church leaders recall D-Day sacrifices of tens of thousands
Pope Francis praised Allied troops who took part in critical D-Day landings in France 75 years ago, while also remembering German soldiers who died fighting under Nazi orders. More ...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
AMA applauded for reaffirming its opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

WASHINGTON • The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee praised a June 10 decision by the American Medical Association to reaffirm its long-standing policy against physician-assisted suicide.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Mexican bishops: 'We cannot turn ourselves into that wall'
MEXICO CITY • The Mexican bishops’ conference questioned the details of a deal in which Mexico will strengthen security along its southern border with Guatemala and impede the path of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and food insecurity. More ...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Church should focus on getting 'nones' back, Bishop Barron says
BALTIMORE – Although the U.S. bishops' spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or "nones," particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
In recalling soldiers' D-Day sacrifice, a prayer for world peace
"Jesus Christ reminds us there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. At this time, in particular, we express deep gratitude for those who laid down their lives on D-Day." More ...
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thousands join Hong Kong vigil commemorating Tiananmen massacre
HONG KONG – Tens of thousands of people commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre at a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. More ...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
USCCB bishop calls for action to address gun violence after Virginia Beach shooting
WASHINGTON – In the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach, Va., the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has called for American society to examine why such violent incidents continue to occur. More ...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
House passes bill to provide permanent legal protection for 'Dreamers'
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee praised the U.S. House for passing a measure that gives permanent legal protection to "Dreamers" and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs in the United States. More ...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
N.H. abolishes death penalty after lawmakers override governor's veto
WASHINGTON – On May 30, New Hampshire lawmakers garnered enough votes to abolish the death penalty in the state, overriding a veto from Gov. Chris Sununu and becoming the 21st state to ban capital punishment. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Missouri could become first state where no abortions can be performed
ST. LOUIS – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has told Planned Parenthood officials it will not renew its St. Louis clinic's license expiring May 31 unless the clinic makes changes to comply with various state health regulations. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Illinois House OKs abortion bill; vote called 'collective moral failing'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In a 64-50 vote May 28, the Illinois House passed an abortion bill the Catholic Conference of Illinois called "an extreme measure" that allows "for the abortion of unborn life at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason." More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Prenatal diagnosis of illness is no excuse for abortion, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – "Abortion is never the answer" to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Tornadoes damage Ohio community, Church
DAYTON, Ohio – Although Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Dayton sustained significant damage from the May 27 tornadoes that swept through the southwestern region of the state, a statue of Mary on the property remained standing next to the ruined bell tower. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
USCCB chair 'profoundly saddened' by deaths, damage from storms
WASHINGTON • The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee May 24 called for “prayers for the victims and their grieving families and communities” affected by devastating storms from Texas to Illinois. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Supreme Court allows fetal burials, rejects abortion limits in Indiana
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two different aspects of Indiana abortion laws May 28.

It upheld a state law – reversing an appeals court ruling – that requires abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains. It also refused to take up a challenge to a block of the state law that would prevent women from obtaining abortions based on the gender, race or a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome of the fetus.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Catholic Charities weighing response to violent Midwest storms, flooding
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee May 24 called for "prayers for the victims and their grieving families and communities" affected by devastating storms from Texas to Illinois. More ...
Friday, May 24, 2019
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

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