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Agencies 'appalled' by reports U.S. could end refugee admissions
A refugee from Afghanistan sits in her family's tent at a makeshift camp in Samos, Greece. Catholic and other faith-based groups said July 19 they are

A refugee from Afghanistan sits in her family's tent at a makeshift camp in Samos, Greece. Catholic and other faith-based groups said July 19 they are "appalled" by reports officials in the Trump administration are considering "zeroing out" the number of refugees accepted by the United States. CNS photo/Giorgos Moutafis, Reuters

WASHINGTON – News that officials in the Trump Administration are considering "zeroing out" the number of refugees accepted by the United States brought an immediate outcry from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and leaders of Catholic and other faith-based agencies that resettle refugees. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019

Through crackly transmission, these two eavesdropped on Apollo 11 landing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As astronaut Neil Armstrong took mankind's giant leap onto the surface of the moon 50 years ago, 650 million people watched and listened to the televised broadcast via the Houston Space Center.

At the same time, a couple of young men at a home in Okolona, a suburb of Louisville, received crackling transmissions directly from the moon.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019
Being curator of meteorites allows Jesuit to 'find God' in all things
HOUSTON – At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory – formally founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII – allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, "find God in all things." More ...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Britain votes to legalize abortion, same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland
MANCHESTER, England – Abortion and same-sex marriage will be made legal in Northern Ireland unless self-government in the province is restored within three months. More ...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Justice Stevens remembered as changing death penalty views during three decades on High Court
WASHINGTON – Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the court for nearly 35 years, died July 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at age 99 after suffering complications from a stroke the previous day. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
U.S. adopting 'third country' rule for asylum-seekers
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim "third country rule" requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
1,000 global leaders address religious freedom during summit at State Department
WASHINGTON – The rabbi of a Pittsburgh Jewish community where 11 people were killed by a gunman in October told a worldwide meeting of religious freedom activists that only by rejecting racism and bigotry can violence in the name of religion be overcome. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while abortion lawsuits proceed
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced July 15 it would begin implementing the Trump Administration's "Protect Life Rule" to bar Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Report gives snapshot of efforts to protect religious freedom around globe
WASHINGTON – In conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute presented a side event July 15 to discuss current international religious freedom policy. More ...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Religious leaders gather at U.S. Capitol to pray for persecuted Christians
WASHINGTON – In the U.S. Capitol, between the House of Representatives and the Senate, members of Congress, priests, lobbyists, preachers, lay advocates and archbishops gathered together to pray July 15. More ...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Update: Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes anxiety, fear
WASHINGTON – Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 – the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants – was the parable of the Good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke. More ...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Update: Census to go forward without citizenship question
WASHINGTON – In a July 11 announcement from the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said he was ending his efforts to add a citizenship question to the census and would instead direct federal agencies by executive order to provide data about the country's citizens and noncitizens to the U.S. Commerce Department. More ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Faith-based organizations shine light on human trafficking
WASHINGTON – At age 9, growing up in Cameroon, Evelyn Chumbow had dreams of coming to the United States, thinking she'd live like the characters in TV shows such as "The Cosbys" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which she believed depicted life here. More ...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Health care a basic human right, Catholic group says as appeals court considers ACA
WASHINGTON – As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit considers the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Catholic Health Association voiced its support for the act, declaring access to health care a basic human right.


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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Catholic Charities USA accepting donations online to help migrant children
Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations online to help its agencies along the U.S. border with Mexico meet basic needs and ensure that migrant children "are being treated with care and kindness" as the humanitarian crisis there grows, the agency said in an announcement. More ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Smithsonian inquiring about drawings made by children at U.S.-Mexico border
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian Museum of American History is looking at the possibility of acquiring for its collection drawings made by children ages 10 and 11 at a Catholic Charities center in Texas, which may depict their stay at federal detention centers for immigrants near the border. More ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Arizona diocese looks to open temporary shelter for migrants in county facility
TUCSON, Ariz. – Catholic Community Services in the Tucson Diocese has reached a tentative agreement with Pima County to turn an unused juvenile detention facility into a temporary shelter for asylum-seekers. More ...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Catholic flight director of Apollo 11, religious sister spotlighted during July 4 speech
WASHINGTON – In his "Salute to America" speech July 4 at the Lincoln Memorial, President Donald Trump praised the work and dedication of a woman religious and the Catholic man who was the flight director of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. More ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
N.Y. detective, 9-11 responder remembered at funeral for courage
ASTORIA, N.Y. – Family, friends and hundreds of service members in uniform remembered the heroism and self-sacrifice of Luis Alvarez during an emotional funeral Mass for him at Immaculate Conception Church in Astoria in New York City borough of Queens. More ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
During meeting, Pope and Putin talk about Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major role in both conflicts. More ...
Friday, July 5, 2019
Update: Trump Administration continues push for citizenship question
WASHINGTON – Although the Justice Department announced July 2 it would no longer argue to have the citizenship question added to the 2020 census, the Trump Administration continues to look at all possible options to get the question included. More ...
Thursday, July 4, 2019

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