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House passes spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies
Pro-life supporters hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Congress is currently debating an appropriations bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, say lawmakers and pro-life groups. CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters
Pro-life supporters hold signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court during the annual March for Life rally in Washington Jan. 18, 2019. Congress is currently debating an appropriations bill that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, say lawmakers and pro-life groups. CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed a bill June 19 that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.  More ...
Friday, June 21, 2019

Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration statement in response to imminent administration deportation plans
WASHINGTON – On June 17, President Donald J. Trump announced impending immigration enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Subsequent press reports on June 21 indicated that ICE has plans for an enforcement operation in major cities to remove thousands of migrant families with deportation orders. More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Migration situation requires a humane, Christian response, official says
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican recognizes how difficult it is for nations to manage the flow of migrants and refugees, but one thing is certain: "We must respond in a humane manner, a Christian manner, and we must try to help people, not harm them," said the Vatican foreign minister. More ...
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Historic cross on public property can stay, Supreme Court rules

WASHINGTON – In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland saying the cross did not endorse religion. The June 20 ruling reversed a lower court decision last year.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019
Paris archbishop celebrates first Mass in Notre Dame since fire
PARIS – The archbishop of Paris wore a hard hat as he celebrated the first Mass in Notre Dame Cathedral since a huge blaze devastated the landmark building in April. More ...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Bishop to remain with Hong Kong protesters 'no matter how long they stay'
HONG KONG – As massive protests continued in Hong Kong, the auxiliary bishop pledged to remain with those opposing a controversial extradition bill and the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader. More ...
Tuesday, June 18, 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
U.N. declares special day to remember victims of violence against religion

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
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

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