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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, right, responds to a reporter's question Nov. 16 during a news conference at the bishops 2015 fall general assembly in Baltimore. At left is Don Clemmer, USCCB assistant director of media relations, and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.
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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, right, responds to a reporter's question Nov. 16 during a news conference at the bishops 2015 fall general assembly in Baltimore. At left is Don Clemmer, USCCB assistant director of media relations, and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.
BALTIMORE — Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country's borders should be closed to anyone but Christians.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bishop disturbed by calls against refugee resettlement

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration, said he was disturbed by calls from federal and state officials for an end to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. "These refugees are fleeing terror themselves," he said.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Fight environmental destruction say Ghana bishops

ACCRA, Ghana (CNS) -- Ghana's Catholic bishops called on Ghanaians to fight the indiscriminate destruction of the environment and supported a hands-on project to fight pollution.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
World's Catholic leaders condemn attacks
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders around the world condemned terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, offering prayers and condolences.

"There is no place for terrorism in a civilized society," Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Philippine bishops' conference, said Nov. 15. "Causing the death of anyone is a sin against God and a crime against humanity."

Monday, November 16, 2015
Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says
VATICAN CITY — Using God's name to try to justify violence and murder is "blasphemy," Pope Francis said Nov. 15 speaking about the terrorist attacks on Paris.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Wichita bishop brings formal report on war-hero priest to Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A week after the 65th anniversary of Father Emil Kapaun's capture in North Korea, the bishop of Wichita, Kansas, formally presented a report on the Army chaplain's life, virtues and fame of holiness to the Congregation for Saints' Causes.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Court to hear cases on health care, religion
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court justices said Nov. 6 they will hear seven pending appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic and other faith-based entities against the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate.
Friday, November 6, 2015
WATCH: 'Last haven'
“Nothing in Jordan is here without a base of Christianity,” says Daoud Sa'maan, a resident of the largely Christian town of Fuheis.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Mass mob brings worshippers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Bigger than usual crowds filled the pews for Mass on a recent Sunday at St. Agnes Church when a "Mass Mob" visited Brooklyn's Cobble Hill neighborhood.

Inspired by the idea of a "flash mob," the NYC Mass Mob organizes people through social media to attend Mass at a set date and time at Catholic churches around New York's five boroughs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
WATCH: Where Jesus was baptized
AL-MAGHTAS, Jordan — A rustic, brushy depression north of the Dead Sea is more holy than anything at the Vatican. That’s the educated declaration of Rustom Mkhjian and it’s hard to argue with him. Mkhjian helps oversee the site along the Jordan River confirmed by archeologists as the most likely place where John the Baptist brought Jesus into the water.

Friday, October 23, 2015
WATCH:'She cries with us and for us'
ANJARA, Jordan — In the Gilead Mountains of northern Jordan, a statue of Mary cried human blood in 2010. Instead of cashing in on religious tourism, Our Lady of the Visitation Parish has responded with zealous outreach to people on the margins.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Latino Catholics are church's future, but also its present, says prof

NEW YORK — The Hispanic Catholic presence in the United States predates the foundation of Jamestown, Virginia, by a century, a University of Notre Dame professor said at a discussion about Latino Catholicism at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Haitian bishops urge citizens to vote, but warn of false promises

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — As Haiti prepared to go to the polls Oct. 25 in a process whose complexity and proliferation of candidates has created a logistical nightmare for organizers, the bishops' conference urged Haitians to vote, but warned them to beware of false electoral promises and demagoguery.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
WATCH:'We need more help'
AMMAN, Jordan — While persecuted Syrian Christians are making the news as ISIS advances, Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan don’t want to be forgotten.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
WATCH: Remnants make biblical past tangible
UUM QAIS, Jordan — Jordan, the part of the Holy Land east of Israel, is a mosaic of biblical and classical history that dates back to the times of Genesis.  
The lives of Abraham, Lot, Moses, Job, David, Ruth, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus the Apostle Paul crossed here.

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Oct. 5 signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law “stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
'Shaken to the core' by abortion videos
ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis and the Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said they were shaken and shocked by reports that the body parts of babies were being harvested.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Archbishop calls on medical pros to heal culture
PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for Military Services, called on Catholic medical professionals last month to uphold their commitment to “the healing of our culture.” 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Pope's remarks seen as road map for U.N.
UNITED NATIONS — In the warm afterglow of Pope Francis’ Sept 25 address to the General Assembly, veteran United Nations observers drew a starkly candid road map of urgent actions that the world body must take to achieve its security agenda.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Cuban-American finds Havana's increase in poverty unsettling
MIAMI — In just three years between the past two papal visits to Cuba, retired Miami academic Andy Gomez remains disturbed by what he said is an alarming uptick in poverty and urban decay in the island nation’s capital. A retired assistant provost and dean of international studies at the University of Miami, where he also was a senior fellow at the university’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American studies, Gomez, his wife and several hundred South Florida Catholics made a Sept. 18-21 pilgrimage to Havana in support of the pope’s visit to Cuba before his U.S. trip.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Prayers for flood victims

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston asked for prayers for the families of those killed as well as for those whose homes were destroyed in what officials called a 1,000-year storm that brought extreme rains that deluged South Carolina.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Chinese nuns say orders face challenges

KONSTANCIN-JEZIORNA, Poland — Catholic female religious orders have expanded rapidly in China over the past decade, but are now facing restrictions and a decrease in vocations, said religious sisters from various parts of China.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Philadelphia couple joins family synod as marriage experts

PHILADELPHIA — Cathy and Tony Witczak of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, were taken by surprise when they were notified Pope Francis had invited them to participate as observers at the Synod of Bishops on the family meeting in Rome through Oct. 26.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
California legalizes physician-assisted suicide

SACRAMENTO — Terminally ill patients in the state of California who wish to have physicians hasten their deaths with lethal doses of drugs may now do so after Gov. Jerry Brown today signed a measure legally allowing physician-assisted suicide.

Monday, October 5, 2015
In Missouri, critics call report on Planned Parenthood 'incomplete'

ST. LOUIS — Several critics have called the Missouri attorney general's new report on Planned Parenthood in St. Louis incomplete, saying it raises questions about how state law holds the abortion provider accountable for its handling of human remains from abortions.

Monday, October 5, 2015
'Listen to Holy Spirit'

VATICAN CITY — The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."

Monday, October 5, 2015
Silence and indifference
VATICAN CITY — Indifference to the crises and tragedies today's migrants and refugees are facing lead to complicity when people remain silent or refuse to act, Pope Francis said.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
World Meeting of Families kicks off

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia will be "the city of family love" and the "world capital of families" during the four-day World Meeting of Families, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. The largest-ever World Meeting of Families opened in Philadelphia Sept. 22. More than 17,500 participants from more than 100 countries registered for the four-day congress, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Syria: 'No one can pretend not to know'

VATICAN CITY — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Pope Francis names new bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

KANSAS CITY, MO — Pope Francis has appointed a new leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, permanently replacing a bishop convicted of failing to report child sex abuse.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Dignity of people immigrating to U.S. focus of Philadelphia conference

PHILADELPHIA — Everywhere you turn today, the topics of immigration, the migration crisis in Europe and who is running for U.S. president seem to dominate the national news.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Abortion absolution: Year of Mercy rule already in effect in most places in U.S.
BALTIMORE  — Pope Francis’ Sept. 1 announcement that priests worldwide will be able to absolve women for the sin of abortion will have little effect on pastoral practices in the United States and Canada, where most priests already have such authority in the sacrament of reconciliation.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Britain's Catholic, Jewish leaders urge tolerance for minorities
MANCHESTER, England — Britain's most senior Catholic and Jewish leaders have expressed hope that their good relations may inspire greater tolerance of religious minorities facing harassment and persecution.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Migrant crisis

LONDON — Images of drowned refugees are causing the British people to cry out for a more generous response to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe, said an English cardinal.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
New Mexico bishops laud court decision barring assisted suicide
SANTA FE, N.M. — The Catholic bishops of New Mexico in a joint statement welcomed a ruling by the state's Court of Appeals that reversed a lower court's approval of physician-assisted suicide.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Catholic agencies decry administration's response on detention ruling

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas decried the Obama administration's effort to have a judge set aside her orders for the release of families being held in immigration detention centers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

PHILADELPHIA — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Teens say Steubenville conference inspires them, bolsters their faith

JAMAICA, N.Y. — The first Steubenville Youth Conference to be held in New York drew 1,800 teenagers from around the country Aug. 7-9 to St. John's University in Jamaica in the New York borough of Queens.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Forgiveness at heart of healing after Ferguson violence, says archbishop

ST. LOUIS — Forgiveness. Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but it's at the heart of the Catholic faith, along with love, peace and justice.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Symposium looks at scientific evidence of how destructive pornography is

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Church's strong stance against pornography is based on church teaching that the human body should be respected and every person has a God-given dignity. But the fight against pornography is not unique to religious organizations. "This is not a moral issue. We now have science to back this up," said Dawn Hawkins, vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Pornography is sexualizing nation's children

WASHINGTON — Pornography is sexualizing the innocence of the nation's young children, causing a race to adulthood before the end of childhood. Young girls are being bombarded with photo-shopped images and are buying into unrealistic expectations set before them at an age meant for skinned knees and the Disney Channel.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Revised rules for government's faith-based partners issued for comment

WASHINGTON — Nine federal agencies have issued proposed rules to clarify some aspects of social service partnerships with religious institutions.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Milwaukee Archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with abuse survivors

MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached a $21 million settlement with abuse survivors, according to an Aug. 4 announcement.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Advocates applaud court orders to release detained families

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled July 24 that the government's immigrant family detention system violates a settlement agreement dating to 1997 over how juveniles in the custody of the immigration agency are treated.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Wisconsin's new law outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker July 20 signed a bill into law that would prohibit all Wisconsin abortions at or beyond the 20-week gestation mark, making an exception only for medical emergencies.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Nuns ask court for protection from complying with HHS mandate, fines

DENVER — In a July 23 filing with the U.S. Supreme Court, the Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Ukraine churches reject constitutional move on same-sex rights

WARSAW, Poland — Ukrainian church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Vatican welcomes Iran's historic nuclear deal

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See welcomed Iran's historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate

DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Kenyan bishops say they'll resist pressure to accept same-sex marriage

NAIROBI, Kenya — With U.S. President Barack Obama set to visit Kenya July 24-26, the head of the nation's bishops' conference said the church will resist any pressure to accept same-sex marriages.

Monday, July 13, 2015
Bolivian families, church workers hope pope's prison visit spurs change

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Fernando Fernande brought toilet paper, soap and food to the Palmasola prison, where his son has been locked up for the past two years.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
California governor says he carried 'Laudato Si' to climate summit

TORONTO — California Gov. Jerry Brown, in Toronto for the Climate Summit of the Americas, said he is traveling with a copy of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical "Laudato Si'" and "going through it carefully."

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Pope's address to Congress will be broadcast to crowd outside Capitol

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis' address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24 will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner announced July 8.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Papal visit helps dispel idea that Morales wants to destroy church

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Camillian Father Mateo Bautista Garcia plans to push his palms outward when Pope Francis passes by so the pontiff can read his political protest written with a marker: "10 percent."

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Five Texas missions, including the Alamo, declared World Heritage Sites

SAN ANTONIO — Five centuries-old Spanish missions in Texas newly declared as World Heritage Sites by a U.N. agency "have helped to shape the face of San Antonio," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Florida's abortion waiting period goes into effect; judge's stay lifted

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new Florida law establishing a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion has not gone into effect, after a July 2 ruling lifted the stay on a June 30 injunction that had put the law on hold.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Iowans urged to 'buckle down, get to work' on environmental problems

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Catholic leaders, interfaith leaders, clean energy advocates and others encouraged Iowans to take action in light of Pope Francis' historic encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Philippine bishops to decide whether to establish climate change desk

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a "climate change desk," part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Prominent Jesuit, murdered in '80, hailed for aiding Bolivian democracy

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Jesuit Father Luis Espinal was returning from a movie in March 1980 when he was intercepted, tortured and killed. His remains were found in a landfill. Paramilitaries were blamed for his death. Outrage ensued, with an estimated 70,000 Bolivians attending his burial in La Paz.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Advocates urge continued funding of adult stem-cell research, treatment

WASHINGTON — Witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing urged Congress to pass a reauthorization measure that would keep funding going for transplant programs that use adult stem cells from bone marrow and cord blood to treat diseases and for continued research.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Oklahoma archbishop says ruling on Ten Commandments statue 'concerning'

OKLAHOMA CITY — By ordering the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state Capitol grounds, the Oklahoma Supreme Court is ignoring the historical significance of the moral code "in the formation of our state," said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Jesuit church where pope will pray in Ecuador known as 'Baroque icon'

QUITO, Ecuador — When Pope Francis enters the Jesuit church here July 7 for a moment of private prayer, he will step into an architectural gem where trees once grew up through the floor.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops' annual Fortnight for Freedom

WASHINGTON — Religious freedom is "the human right that guarantees all other rights," Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops' fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope's Philadelphia itinerary

PHILADELPHIA — The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Monday, July 6, 2015
Dominican Republic court ruling to revoke Haitians' citizenship decried

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — A Dominican Republic court decision rescinding the citizenship of Haitians born in that country "has caused a moral and civil outcry against this seemingly unjust law," Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said at a special Mass.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Service draws attention to persecution, killing of African Christians

NEW YORK — A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Pope will have 'profound, lasting impact' on New Yorkers, says cardinal

NEW YORK — The 30 hours or so Pope Francis will spend in New York in September will be relatively brief, but "his presence here among us will have a profound and lasting impact on all New Yorkers, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Court reinforces order blocking Pa. dioceses from HHS mandate requirement

WASHINGTON — In a June 29 order, the Supreme Court continued to shield several Pennsylvania religious institutions from having to provide employees with health care coverage that includes contraceptives.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

WASHINGTON — In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.

Friday, June 26, 2015
Archbishop Lori opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection

BALTIMORE — Archbishop William Lori reminded those gathered for Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that when it comes to religious freedom, American Catholics and Christians worldwide are in the same "boat."

Monday, June 22, 2015
Ukrainians displaced by fighting tell USCCB delegation their concerns

KHARKIV, Ukraine — Young Artem is about to turn a year old, but all he has known in his short life is upheaval.

Monday, June 22, 2015
New York Catholic church feels impact of massive manhunt for escapees

CADYVILLE, N.Y. — Fewer people were filling the pews at St. James Church in the Plattsburgh hamlet of Cadyville after two convicted killers escaped June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Iowa court says state's ban on 'webcam abortions' unconstitutional

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled June 19 that women in Iowa may obtain a medically induced abortion without an in-person examination by a physician.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Religious leaders decry arson at Church of Multiplication in Holy Land

JERUSALEM — The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land issued a strong condemnation against an early morning arson attack on the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee on June 18.


Saturday, June 20, 2015
Solidarity, faith spans racial and ethnic boundaries

WASHINGTON — There is a reason that the song "Solidarity Forever," sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," is an anthem of the labor movement.

Friday, June 19, 2015
EWTN opens facility in California

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — A new broadcast facility on the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral campus in Garden Grove is the Eternal Word Television Network’s first on the West Coast. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
'Baby Francis,' finally laid to rest

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Finally, “Baby Francis” is resting in peace. In a simple, but dignified ceremony June 10 in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named “Francis,” fulfilling a commitment he made to officials five months ago after a fetus was found floating amid the sewage at a nearby wastewater treatment facility.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Married couples offer advice to bishops

ST. LOUIS — It was not surprising that marriage and the family were among the issues the U.S. bishops considered as they planned their strategic priorities for the next few years.

Monday, June 15, 2015
WWII soldier's sister receives decorations decades after his death

SOUTH RIVER, N.J. — The house at the end of Herman Street where the Krempecki family once lived is long gone, a victim of flooding from the body of water that gave the borough its name.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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