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Challenges to religious freedom continue, archbishop tells USCCB

Challenges to religious freedom continue to emerge and the U.S. Catholic Church will remain steadfast in addressing them to serve the common good, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, … more

High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. Justice … more

Cardinal says separating abortion from Title X funds ‘greatly needed’

The U.S. bishops’ pro-life chairman praised the Trump administration’s move to reinstate Reagan-era regulations banning any family planning clinic that receives Title X federal funds … more

California judge overturns state law legalizing assisted suicide

A May 15 ruling by a California judge overturning the state’s law allowing assisted suicide is encouraging because it “was a bad law,” said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of … more

Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer … more

Philadelphia Archdiocese sues city over foster care placements

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is suing the city of Philadelphia in a religious freedom case centered on the placement of children in foster care. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed … more

Catholics get chance to celebrate, think about Mary with new feast day

The Catholic Church doesn’t often add new celebrations to its pretty full liturgical calendar, but this year’s new feast day, Mary, Mother of the Church on May 21, has Catholics … more

Bishops discuss how their moms gave practical, spiritual help

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C. Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference … more

Catholic groups decry end to Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

Catholic leaders were angered and disappointed by the Trump administration’s May 4 decision to end Temporary Protected Status, popularly known as TPS, to more than 57,000 Hondurans living in … more

California bishops say Church must care for those with mental illness

California’s Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter outlining ways the Church could do a better job of serving those who struggle with mental illness, stressing that it is an … more

Trump signs order to give faith groups stronger voice in government

In front of a small crowd of cabinet members and religious leaders at the White House Rose Garden May 3, President Donald Trump announced, and then signed, an executive order giving faith-based … more

Iowa legislature sends fetal heartbeat bill to governor

A bill described by some observers as the most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation has been sent to the desk of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. The governor has not said whether she will sign … more

Hondurans plead for extension of Temporary Protected Status

The Trump administration was set to decide in early May whether Honduran holders of a special immigration status will be able to remain legally in the country. The decision could affect up to … more

Demonizing immigrants hardens American heart, says cardinal

Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said he worries that reducing the number of immigrants, particularly refugees to the United States, and demonizing them represents a “hardening of the American … more

Bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as … more

Catholic bishop pays tribute to Barbara Bush at Houston memorial

Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Barbara Bush April 19 during a ceremony described as a … more

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan — the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine … more

Sainthood candidate Fr. Flanagan inspires new children’s book

Each illustration took up to 20 hours, often done in the middle of the night after his family was asleep. And each was necessary for Eli Hernandez to complete his 30-page children’s … more

In historic trip to advocate for migrants, Salvadoran bishops provide hope

Invoking a Salvadoran who’s about to become the country’s first Catholic saint, the man who now occupies his old post asked immigrants and their children during an April 11 Mass in … more

Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the Catholic Church in the United States can better address challenges that include … more
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