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French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff
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Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, delivers a speech in Henin-Beaumont, France, April 23, after the first round of the French presidential elections.
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Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, delivers a speech in Henin-Beaumont, France, April 23, after the first round of the French presidential elections.

PARIS — A few hours after the announcement of the winners of the first round of the French presidential election, the French bishops' conference published a reflection on voting in the final round. As they have throughout the election campaign, the bishops did not endorse a candidate by name, but gave Catholics "elements for discernment."

Monday, April 24, 2017

'Sister Listeners' help Rwandans move beyond genocide
KIGALI, Rwanda — The Benebikira Sisters, the oldest indigenous congregation in Rwanda, have sisters who are teachers, nurses, pharmacists, formators and administrators. But they also have religious with a unique title: Sister Listeners.
Friday, April 21, 2017
With influx of migrants, some Germans think their concerns are ignored

REGENSBURG, Germany — Amid rising social unrest and an influx of Mideast migrants, German authorities -- including Catholic Church officials -- are facing criticism from ordinary people who believe their concerns are being ignored.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Bishop urges Arkansas governor to reconsider seven executions

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Catholic bishop said he joins Catholics in Arkansas and people of goodwill across the country and the world in urging the governor of Arkansas to reconsider the scheduled executions of seven men in 11 days.

Friday, April 14, 2017
Iowa House passes measure to ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks
SIOUX CITY, Iowa. — Pro-life supporters are praising the Iowa House of Representatives on passing legislation that bans almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Age, ethnicity examined in survey on U.S. Catholics' views of Muslims

WASHINGTON — A new update to a 2016 study on Catholic perceptions of Islam finds little difference in answers from a variety of age groups and ethnicities.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Venezuelan bishops call for civil disobedience in constitutional crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela — In response to a renewed constitutional crisis in the country, the Venezuelan bishops' conference has called for "peaceful civil disobedience" to restore constitutional order.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Catholic leaders in Syria criticize U.S. missile strikes
WASHINGTON — Two prominent Catholic leaders in Syria criticized the U.S. missile strikes against their nation, wondering why they occurred before investigations into the origins of chemical attacks reported April 4.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress
WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Ted Bergh was asking members of Congress to support food programs and comprehensive immigration reform, issues of deep concern to Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, which he serves as CEO.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Bishops urge bipartisan health care reform
WASHINGTON — Now that lawmakers have withdrawn the American Health Care Act, Congress must "seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship" and make "necessary reforms" in existing health care law to address access, affordability, life and conscience, said three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen.
Friday, March 31, 2017
WATCH: Four-year 'encuentro' process begins in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — In Spanish, the word "encuentro" means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Mexican bishop who speaks out faces criticism from state officials
Bishop Castro has come under attack from politicians and public officials upset for voicing suspicions of corruption in Morelos, a small state just south of Mexico City served by the Diocese of Cuernavaca.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Health care bill diagnosis: It never had input from those who care for sick
WASHINGTON — Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, doesn't mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act, which was short of votes and withdrawn by House Republicans late March 24.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty

WASHINGTON — The third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, continued along similar lines of questioning and failed to spark high drama.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
U.S. Catholics asked 'to accompany' migrants, refugees seeking better life

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Famine, worsened by war, threatens South Sudanese, official says
VATICAN CITY — Some 5 million people in South Sudan -- half of its total population -- are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services said.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'
WASHINGTON — The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Indian bishops set up online system to register migrants

NEW DELHI — The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com.

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Catholics in South Korea call for unity

Catholics in South Korea called for unity following a unanimous ruling March 10 by the Constitutional Court to uphold the impeachment of now-former President Park Geun-hye.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Bishop: Trudeau policy 'reprehensible' imperialism

TORONTO — In a biting letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the president of the Canadian bishops' conference called the government's new overseas abortion policy "a reprehensible example of Western cultural imperialism."

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Bishops: Address needs of immigrants, show compassion
WASHINGTON — While one Catholic archbishop was urging a fix to the country's immigration laws before a Catholic crowd, another was pleading with the government not to separate mothers from their children while in immigration detention, and yet another, a cardinal, was accompanying a grandfather to an appointment that could have resulted in his deportation.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Catholic leaders react to House bill to repeal, replace health care law
WASHINGTON — Calling health care "a vital concern for nearly every person in the country," the U.S. Catholic bishops said March 8 they will be reviewing closely a measure introduced in the House March 6 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Initial reaction to refugee ban ranges from concern to opposition
WASHINGTON — Within hours of President Donald Trump's new executive order March 6 banning refugees from six majority-Muslim nations, Catholic and other religious groups joined secular leaders in questioning the wisdom of such a move, with others vowing to oppose it outright.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Trump signs new executive order on refugees

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, signed March 6, now excludes Iraq from the ban.

Monday, March 6, 2017
Bishops: Consider budget's moral dimensions

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of six U.S. bishops' policy committees March 3 told members of the House and Senate that every decision they will make on the federal budget "should be assessed by whether it protects or threatens human life and dignity."

Monday, March 6, 2017
Trump visits Catholic school in Florida to show school choice support

ORLANDO, Fla. — President Donald Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando March 3 to show his support for school choice.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Understanding Islam

VATICAN CITY — Between their morning cappuccino and their evening plate of pasta, a group of Catholic students from around the world are studying Arabic and Islam in the heart of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood.

Friday, March 3, 2017
Vandalism at Jewish cemeteries decried

PHILADELPHIA — Responding to the destruction of some 100 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Feb. 27 deplored the "senseless acts of mass vandalism."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees Feb. 24 praised President Donald Trump's repeal of the Obama administration's directive on transgender access to bathrooms.

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Chicago Catholic college's basketball chaplain? A 97-year-old nun

CHICAGO — Religious and clergy alike do their part to help the Ramblers' men's basketball team at Loyola University Chicago. The team's chaplain since 1994 has been Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is now 97 years old. She also is the newest member of Loyola's sports hall of fame. She was inducted Jan. 21.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life
VATICAN CITY — The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Bishop critiques new immigration policy
WASHINGTON — In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the U.S.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Creation care urged

WASHINGTON — Quoting Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Raids, detentions opposed
WASHINGTON — People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help 'communities thrive'
MODESTO, Calif. — Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society's hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Americans grow warmer toward religious groups, Pew study finds

WASHINGTON — Americans are feeling more positive toward various religious groups than they did less than three years ago.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Diocesan phase of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed
VATICAN CITY — The Diocese of Coimbra concluded its phase of the sainthood cause of Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
U.S. bishops call for solidarity with Middle East victims of violence

WASHINGTON — Christians and all people in the Middle East need the solidarity of the U.S. Catholic Church, said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the head of the Catholic Relief Services board.

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries that also temporarily suspended the country's refugee resettlement program.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Immigrant teacher fears Trump undermining what she has fought to lift up
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An immigrant teacher and White House honoree fears President Donald Trump is undermining the community she has fought to lift up.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Migrants staying put in Mexico
A growing number of Central Americans is deciding to stay in Mexico rather than try to reach the United States, the traditional destination for migrants streaming out of countries south of Mexico.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Bishops launch letter campaign urging Trump to protect religious freedom

WASHINGTON — Saying "religious freedom in America has suffered years of unprecedented erosion," the U.S. Catholic bishops have posted an online letter for Catholics to send to President Donald Trump urging him to sign an executive order promoting religious freedom.

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Spiritual, not monetary, success defines America, Trump says

WASHINGTON — "Spiritual success" is a more accurate measure for the United States than wealth, according to likely billionaire President Donald Trump in remarks Feb. 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Gorsuch nominated to fill Court vacancy
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that has been empty since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Bishops say refugee ban raises deep concerns over religious freedom

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of three U.S. bishops' committees Jan. 31 expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and expressed deep concern over religious freedom issues they said President Donald Trump's refugee ban raises.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Trump's ban of refugees ignites firestorm, but also gains support

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States in the guise of refugees, the action brought quick response from Catholic and other religious leaders.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Iraqi patriarch: Fast track for Christian refugees will fuel tensions
VATICAN CITY — Giving priority to Christian refugees for settlement programs would be "a trap" that discriminates and fuels religious tensions in the Middle East, said Iraq's Chaldean Catholic patriarch.
Monday, January 30, 2017
School choice initiatives gain momentum

WASHINGTON — School choice initiatives are no longer at the back of the class raising their hand and never getting called on. Today, they are taking a front seat in education circles, state assemblies and even Washington politics.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
U.S., Mexican church leaders criticize Trump's actions on border security

WASHINGTON — Church leaders in the United States and Mexico acknowledged the need for governments to keep their country secure but said two recent U.S. presidential actions could endanger the lives of immigrants and split border communities.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
WATCH:'Life is winning in America'
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. Jan. 27 that "life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress."
Friday, January 27, 2017
Bishop criticizes Trump on immigration

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration criticized President Donald Trump's executive memorandum to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it would "put immigrant lives needlessly in harm's way."

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pope offers prayers for new president

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office. "I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office," the pope's message said.

Friday, January 20, 2017
WATCH: Paper's 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Gloves come off at benefit
NEW YORK — When Donald Trump stepped over yet another invisible line of the contentious presidential race Oct. 20, many of the 1,500 people at 71st annual dinner of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation broke historic precedent to boo him.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Jesuits elect Venezuelan as new head of order
ROME — Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, 67, a member of the Jesuits' Venezuelan province, was elected the first non-European superior general of the Society of Jesus.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Trump struggles among Catholics

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Oct. 9 presidential debate began, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani invoked St. Augustine of Hippo on a Sunday morning political news show to defend the man he was supporting for president.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Candidates, party platforms differ on need to act on climate change
WASHINGTON — August's torrential rains that caused catastrophic flooding in southern Louisiana have convinced Robert Gorman that it's time to think about being ready the next time the floods hit.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Rejoicing in Kolkata
KOLKATA, India — At Shishu Bhavan, children, the destitute, Missionaries of Charity nuns and novices sat silently, glued to the TV screen for the live telecast of the Vatican canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Making reparation for slavery
WASHINGTON — Georgetown University last year stripped from a building the name of one of its past presidents, a priest who authorized the sale of 272 women, children and men -- slaves sold to save the university from financial ruin in 1838. In a historic change of fortune, current university president John J. DeGioia announced Sept. 1 that the building will be renamed after one of the men the university sold as a result of the priest's decision.
Friday, September 2, 2016
Missisippi nun murders: Suspect confesses
 WASHINGTON — A central Mississippi sheriff has taken the confession of a man who says he murdered two women religious who had spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners.
Friday, August 26, 2016
'Icon of mercy'
ROME (CNS) -- Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general of the order Mother Teresa founded.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Prayers for Italy
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Baton Rouge under water

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Nun-athlete, 86, featured in Nike spot
SPOKANE, Wash. (CNS) -- With every Olympics, summer or winter, the 24/7 coverage usually includes stories about the oldest athlete in history to compete in this sport or that sport -- and "oldest" usually means 31, 35 or perhaps early 40s.
Monday, August 22, 2016
In Puerto Rico, mistrust fuels more public doubt than urgency on Zika
SAN GERMAN, Puerto Rico (CNS) -- Mistrust of local government and federal agencies has caused doubt among Puerto Ricans about reports the Zika epidemic poses a grave situation to the island.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Violence in Milwaukee unrest 'a self-inflicted wound,' says archbishop
MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee called the violence that broke out in the city as part of protests over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man "a self-inflicted wound."
Saturday, August 20, 2016
National security, foreign policy worries a factor in 2016 election
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Not since the aftermath of 9/11 has America's national security and foreign policy seemed to resonate so heavily with the electorate during a U.S. presidential election, according to several political scientists.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Protecting pilgrims
LOURDES, France (CNS) -- French police and military officials have launched a special security operation for the country's national pilgrimage to Lourdes, following the killing of a Catholic parish priest in a spate of terrorist attacks.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Archbishop calls Baltimore police report 'sobering and distressing'

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The same day a federal Department of Justice report cataloging systemic abuses by Baltimore's police was issued, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore called that report "sobering and distressing."

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Survey shows candidates' tone, level of incivility a factor for voters
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The 2016 election season carries a high level of perceived incivility underway in the U.S. and as well as rampant online harassment by social media users expressing political viewpoints, according to recent surveys.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Faith, family lighten her load

BALTIMORE — World-class triathlete Katie Hursey Zaferes travels with a custom bicycle and enough workout gear to outfit an entire aerobics class. How does she lighten her load? With liberal doses of faith and family.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
'The victory scream of all refugees'
RIO DE JANEIRO — Glued to the improvised screen set up on the patio of the Caritas house, the refugees yelled and they cried. But most of all, they cheered. They cheered for their two Congolese colleagues, Popole Misenga, 24, and Yolande Mabika, 28, who were competing in judo as part of the United Nations' Refugee Olympic team.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Pakistani church deplores suicide blast at Quetta hospital
NEW DELHI — The Catholic Church in Pakistan has condemned a suicide blast at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where at least 70 people -- many of them lawyers and journalists -- were killed and more than 120 injured.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Displaced Iraqi Christians weary of waiting

AINKAWA, Iraq (CNS) -- Abu and Um Sabah had to trade a tent anchored in a soft, grassy patch in a park for a roughly hewn, five-story unfinished cement building as they sat out their forced displacement by Islamic State militants for a second year.

Sunday, August 7, 2016
Motivated by family, faith, five-time Olympian hopes for gold in Rio
With his back to the ground, Steven Lopez's shoulder had popped out of its socket once again. In the middle of the bronze medal match of the 2015 Pan American Games, trainers held the three-time Olympic medalist's arm steady, pushing the dislocated arm back into place.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Biden's act called 'counter-witness'
By officiating at a same-sex wedding, Vice President Joe Biden as a prominent Catholic politician has created confusion over church teaching on marriage and "the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics," three U.S. bishops said Aug. 5.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Games begin at Christ's feet
RIO DE JANEIRO  —  High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil's former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Forgiveness in Rouen

ROUEN, France — During the Aug. 2 funeral Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, killed a week earlier by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen stressed the need for forgiveness.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
U.S. cardinal expresses worry about Trump rhetoric
WASHINGTON — While most U.S. bishops have not publicly addressed comments from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump regarding immigration, a popular U.S. cardinal and adviser to the pope said he is worried about such rhetoric.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Clinton's VP pick, a Catholic, faces criticism for his stand on abortion
WASHINGTON — Only a week after Donald Trump chose as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was raised a Catholic and today is evangelical, Hillary Clinton chose as her vice presidential running mate U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who has never lost an election.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Pope expresses shock over violence in French church
VATICAN CITY — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
U.S. church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police.

He said that as a black man there have been times he has been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught for 12 years, as he walked on campus when he wasn't wearing his priestly garb.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Castile funeral at St. Paul cathedral sign of mercy for family, mourners
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul was filled with mourners July 14 for the funeral of Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights July 6.
Friday, July 15, 2016
'Blind violence'
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."
Friday, July 15, 2016
Help in a summer of fear
WASHINGTON — The week had been emotionally draining at the predominantly black parish in Oakland, California. Along with the rest of the country, they had felt the weight of two more fatal shootings of black men by police.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
'Deserving of our respect'
DALLAS — In the week since five Dallas area police officers were gunned down, thousands have gathered in churches, parks, plazas, parking lots and a symphony hall to remember the fallen officers, to cry for hope and pray for peace and unity in communities across the country.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Dallas bishop calls for prayers, peace
DALLAS — Five Dallas law enforcement officers were assassinated July 7 as a sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas as hundreds of demonstrators were winding down a march protesting recent fatal officer-involved shootings in other parts of the country.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Mothers, children detained
WASHINGTON — The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has identified more than 40 children and mothers who have been arrested in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and detained in Dilley or Karnes City, Texas, according to a recent report released by the project.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Court's Texas abortion ruling criticized
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court, in striking down a Texas abortion law, has put profit above patient safety, says a leader for the U.S. Catholic bishops’ pro-life office.
Monday, June 27, 2016
European disunity?

OXFORD, England — European Catholic leaders expressed concern that the decision by United Kingdom voters to leave the European Union threatened unity across the continent, but they also cautioned the EU bloc to rethink its values and priorities.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Turn off news and talk to your kids about tragedy, experts say
WASHINGTON — As adults try to process the June 12 massacre at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, they should be aware that children, even if not overly exposed to the news, might have a lot of questions or fears about what happened.
Friday, June 17, 2016
'A sword has pierced heart' of a city
ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith "to turn their hearts and souls" to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Assisted suicide 'unjust'
LOS ANGELES — With California now allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications for terminally ill patients who ask for them, "we are crossing a line," said the archbishop of Los Angeles.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Rome conference looks at how jobs, development, ecology are connected
ROME (CNS) — Paying workers a just wage has been "one of the most consistent and central themes of Catholic social teaching" for more than a century, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Attack on Nigerian cardinal's car shows need for more security
LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — Two bishops from southern Nigeria condemned an attack on a vehicle carrying Abuja Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan and appealed to the government to tackle the issue of growing instability in Edo state.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Irish bishop calls nun's death in Ecuador quake 'loving sacrifice'
LONDONERRY, Northern Ireland (CNS) — Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry told hundreds of mourners at the funeral of an Irish missionary nun that "a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted."
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Chaldean patriarch appeals for reconciliation
BAGHDAD (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged Iraq's leaders to put an end to the "institutional, economic and security deterioration" in the country.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
'We need to look after each other,' Syrian refugee says
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Omar al-Muqdad has seen both sides of the refugee crisis.

In 2004, he assisted Iraqi refugees in his home country of Syria. And then nearly a decade later, he escaped the civil war in his country by first going to Turkey and then finding a temporary home in 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he was the only Syrian refugee in the state.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Northern Ireland bishops urge voters to ask about abortion, poverty
DUBLIN — Northern Ireland's Catholic bishops urged Massgoers to support candidates opposed to legalizing abortion in elections to the region's power-sharing assembly May 5.
Monday, May 2, 2016
Pope reminds world of suffering in war-torn Ukraine
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis' pleas for humanitarian aid for Ukraine is bringing needed attention to a forgotten war, said Ukrainian Catholic leaders.

The 2-year-old war has caused thousands of deaths and forced more than 1 million people to seek refuge abroad, the pope said.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Aid official tells of stories from Syria, urges label of 'genocide'
DUBLIN (CNS) — When the head of communications for an international Catholic charity visited Syria, it was not safe to go to Aleppo. So Sister Annie Demerjian, an Armenian religious sister from the city, traveled to visit him.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Prayer is most important
Speaking from the pulpit at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Monday night, Father Benedict Kiely told those in the pews horrifying stories of modern Christian martyrdom that equal the barbarism of the ancient world. “Christ is being persecuted on a level not seen since the first three centuries of Christian history,” he said.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Dominican nuns keep hope alive in Iraq
IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) — When the Islamic State group rolled across Iraq's Ninevah Plain in 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled for their lives to Kurdish-controlled areas of the country. They still wait in limbo in crowded camps, facing an undefined future. The only certainty they enjoy is knowing that whatever happens to them, a group of Dominican nuns will be at their side.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Growing emergencies fueled by environment, war
MONTREAL (CNS) — Climate change and emergency situations are linked, but global emergencies also can be caused by people, said two leaders of Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization for Catholic charitable organizations.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Polish bishops press for full abortion ban

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- Poland's Catholic bishops have called for a permanent ban on abortions to mark the anniversary of their country's Christian conversion in A.D. 966. "Each person's life is protected by the Fifth Commandment, do not kill. So the attitude of Catholics is clear and unchanging," the bishops' conference said in a March 30 statement.

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Sanders says his invitation to Vatican wasn't political endorsement
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said attending a Vatican conference on Catholic social teaching did not represent a political endorsement of his run for higher office. Sanders was one of about 35 economists, academics, church leaders and politicians invited to attend a conference April 15-16 dedicated to St. John Paul II's 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus."
Friday, April 15, 2016
New U.S. nuncio appointed
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Peruvian-based movement distances itself from accused founder
LIMA, Peru (CNS) ­— A Peruvian-based Catholic movement publicly distanced itself from its founder and asked for Vatican intervention in the wake of accusations of sexual, psychological and physical abuse of members.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Catholic leaders reflect on life, work of EWTN founder Mother Angelica
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Mother Angelica "reflected the Gospel commission to go forth and make disciples of all nations" said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops' conference.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Easter attacks in Pakistan
KARACHI, Pakistan (CNS) — The terrorist attack that killed more than 70 people in a Lahore park on Easter was not the first time that Christians in the Islamic country have been targeted, and observers say that, as things stand, it will not be the last time.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Immigrants have been arrested looking for alternatives to Flint water
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Imagine turning on the tap in the morning and seeing something that's "looked like toilet water coming out of your faucet," in the words of one Catholic leader. That's been the reality facing tens of thousands of residents of Flint, Michigan, every day for more than a year.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
'Doing science is an act of worship,' Vatican astronomer says
DRAPER, Utah (CNS) — Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno finds no conflict between the science he pursues in studying meteorites and the Catholic faith he practices every day.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Ministering to veterans 'about reconciliation and healing,' says deacon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) —- As a lieutenant colonel in the Tennessee Army National Guard, Deacon John Krenson was responsible for the well-being of his soldiers in many tense situations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pro-life women's group prepares for March 23 rally outside Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Meg McDonnell, executive director of Women Speak for Themselves, was on the phone, testing out a chant for a March 23 Supreme Court rally.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Pope condemns 'blind violence,' offers prayers after Brussels attacks
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, condemning the "blind violence" of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, offered his prayers to the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance in the aftermath of the bombings.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Christians concerned with Israeli restrictions for Holy Week, Easter
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Israeli restrictions on reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for Holy Week and Easter are part of the current Israeli government's policy of making Jerusalem an exclusively Jewish city, said Yusef Daher, secretary-general of the Jerusalem Interchurch Center.
Monday, March 21, 2016
State Department declares genocide
Editor’s note: Daesh is another name for ISIS. For the full transcript of Secretary of State John Kerry's declaration of genocide, go to: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/03/254782.htm
John Kerry: My purpose in appearing before you today is to assert that, in my judgment, Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.

Sunday, March 20, 2016
Vatican to undertake ecological initiatives during Easter season
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During Holy Week and in the Easter season, the Vatican will take part in several initiatives highlighting the importance of ecology and the care for creation.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
In his passion, Jesus reveals the God of mercy, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Just as the crowds and government officials tried to dodge responsibility for Jesus' fate after he was arrested, so today too many individuals and countries want someone else to care for refugees fleeing violence and migrants seeking a better life, Pope Francis said.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
A drop box for babies
Carmen Kintz, a 2007 graduate of Regis High School in Stayton, is living in Seoul, South Korea and teaching English. Off hours, she volunteers for an overnight shift at a baby drop box.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
John Kerry declares ISIS guilty of genocide
WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Obama announces Supreme Court nominee
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When President Barack Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his Supreme Court nominee in the White House Rose Garden March 16, his praise for the candidate was coupled with an urgent plea that members of the U.S. Senate give Garland a fair chance.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Latino Catholic leader dead at 80
SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- Father Virgilio Elizondo, a nationally known professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame and founder of what is today the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, was found dead in his home the afternoon of March 14. He was 80.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Capitalism needs infusion of virtue for the common good, cardinal says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By using the tools of capitalism and the market effectively and ethically, the world can reach "full human flourishing and sustainable development," said Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Women meet in Vatican City
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the heart of Vatican City, dozens of women from around the world gathered to share their stories of faith and activism. A few men were in attendance, but Pope Francis and top members of the Roman Curia were out of town on their Lenten retreat.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Catholic silence on involvement in Middle East called 'massive failure'

NEW YORK (CNS) — "The most massive failure of the Catholic community at all levels in the past 20 years has been to address the question of our ongoing involvement in the Middle East," according to San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Catholic schools should do more to help Latino students
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic schools in the United States are falling short in serving the growing number of Latino Catholics, according to a new report released March 7. "The numbers are without a doubt sobering," the report says, pointing out that even with stronger efforts by Catholic leaders and school communities to recruit Hispanic students, "the total enrollment of Hispanic children in Catholic schools remains almost stagnant."
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Report: Catholic schools failing Latino Catholics

ASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic schools in the United States are falling short in serving the growing number of Latino Catholics, according to a new report released March 7. "The numbers are without a doubt sobering," the report says, pointing out that even with stronger efforts by Catholic leaders and school communities to recruit Hispanic students, "the total enrollment of Hispanic children in Catholic schools remains almost stagnant."

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Outrage at Honduran environmental activist's murder
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — An outspoken environmental activist in Honduras was murdered in her own home, sparking outrage and offering another example of the impunity and violence in the Central American country.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Court hears oral arguments in challenge to Texas abortion restrictions
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first abortion case in nine years March 2 in a challenge by Texas abortion clinics to a 2013 state law that requires them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Australian abuse scandal

SYDNEY — For a third consecutive day, a top Vatican official gave testimony to an Australian commission about what he knew of the church's reassignment of abusive priests.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Antonin Scalia dead at 79
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and the U.S. Marshal have announced that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead in his luxury hotel room this morning after he failed to join his friends for breakfast. He had been on a quail hunting trip in Marfa, Texas.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
WATCH: The hidden kingdom
Where the Spice Road and the King’s Highway intersected, linking Rome to India, the Nabataeans built their capital. At its height, 100,000 people lived in the grand but hidden city, now in southern Jordan.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Sisters' billboards bring pope's message to Iowa
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Our long history of U.S. Catholic missions
Though the original 13 British colonies in what is now the U.S. largely had Protestant populations, Catholic missionaries helped shape the economic, political and religious values as other parts of the territory were settled.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Former garbage picker challenges eucharistic congress
CEBU, Philippines (CNS) -- Maria Georgia "Maggie" Cogtas of Cebu told of a childhood without playing, only tough work as a garbage picker at dumpsites, construction sites and on the streets.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Questions of faith, science intersect at astronomy workshop
TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- Every time Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno looks through a telescope at a deep sky object or examines a piece of a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that found its way to Earth, he says he's exploring a mystery that spans both science and faith.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Pope asks mercy, pardon for Christians harming each other
ROME (CNS) -- After walking across the threshold of the Holy Door with an Orthodox metropolitan and an Anglican archbishop, Pope Francis invoked God's mercy upon divided Christians and apologized for times that Catholics may have hurt members of other denominations.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WATCH: Herod's Dead Sea palace
MUKAWIR, Jordan — Jordan is home to the site where Herod Antipas imprisoned John the Baptist and in a drunken stupor promised the prophet’s head to a dancing girl.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Catholic chaplain last to celebrate Mass on ancient altar
After learning that ISIS finally destroyed St. Elijah’s Monastery, Father Whorton, now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., told the United Kingdom of Great Britain’s national daily, The Guardian, “Why we treat each other like this is beyond me. Elijah the prophet must be weeping.”
Friday, January 22, 2016
Exorcism films flawed
VATICAN CITY — Movies depicting exorcisms could be an important medium for showing how God always triumphs over evil, but instead, they misrepresent the faith and exaggerate human and satanic powers over God, a leading exorcist wrote in the Vatican newspaper.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
National Park Service honors Jesuit missionary
TUMACACORI, Ariz. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, an Italian missionary to the American Southwest known as the "Padre on Horseback," was honored Jan. 10 at the Tumacacori National Historical Park with Kino Legacy Day.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Catholic groups support White House executive orders
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When President Barack Obama unveiled a series of executive orders Jan. 5 intended to make a dent in gun violence in the United States, people reacted. And how.
Friday, January 8, 2016
WATCH: Jordan touches on two historic seas
AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan borders a dramatic shore of the Dead Sea, a singular 1,000-foot-deep body of water filling part of the great Jordan Valley rift. Because of that, bathers have the delightful sensation of zero gravity.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
WATCH: Where Moses died
Mount Nebo is the site where Moses is believed to have died. From its summit, with a refreshing breeze, one sees most of the region in a sweep — where Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan, where John the Baptist preached and baptized, where Jesus walked, taught, died and was raised.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Bishops ask us to welcome migrants

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Catholic bishops have declared National Migration Week 2016 will take place January 3-9 with the theme, "A Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” The celebration provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the hardships faced by migrants, including children, refugees, and victims of human trafficking.

Sunday, January 3, 2016
WATCH: Mosaics of Madaba
In 1884, Orthodox missionaries began excavating the site of a sixth century church in order to rebuild. They hit one of the great finds in archeological history.
Friday, December 18, 2015
WATCH: The holy desert
Standing in southern Jordan on a pinnacle overlooking Wadi Rum — Arabic for “Valley of Heights” — it’s possible to grasp the Israelites’ conception of God as a mighty desert warrior.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Carols alive in British pubs
No one knows for sure how long community carols have been sung in the pub at Dungworth's Royal Hotel, but they've been documented since the 19th century and are a staunchly defended local tradition.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Sisters: shrinking numbers, greater diversity

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new report on U.S. women religious said that religious life is becoming not only more multiethnic but more international as well. The report, "Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today," said that of all women who entered religious life in the past 10 years, only 57 percent were white, while 17 percent were Hispanic, 16 percent were Asian, and 8 percent were black -- including both African-American women and those born in Africa.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Climate deal must be transformative
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and "transformative" agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference last week in Paris.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
WATCH: The interfaith champion of Jordan
Father Nabil Haddad helped start the Amman-based Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center in 2003. The aim of the organization, founded with the nation’s Muslim chief justice, is to use religious beliefs as grounds for peace, not war.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Catholics join in calls for change in Paris

PARIS (CNS) -- Hundreds of thousands of people in at least 150 countries around the world demanded action on climate change on the eve of a U.N. conference that aimed to find agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.


Monday, November 30, 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
'We are always open'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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