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Georgetown gathering seeks to overcome polarization within Church

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles will be among dozens of U.S. Church leaders convening in June to address the troublesome polarization that marks Church … more

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about … more

Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticize troop deployment

The Mexican bishops’ conference criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and issued a strong defense of migrants, saying … more

At annual convention, Catholic educators reminded of missionary roles

Nearly 5,000 Catholic school educators and administrators attended the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati April … more

Fifty years after release, ‘Humanae Vitae’ praised as prophetic encyclical

Surrounding the 1968 release of “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”) was the cultural context of the sexual revolution and a widespread fear about overpopulation following … more

Artificial contraception, abortion have damaged society, say speakers

Medical and legal experts addressing the damaging effects of artificial contraception and abortion on health care, law and society as a whole urged hundreds of attendees at a symposium to … more

USCCB president praises Pope for ‘powerful words’ calling all to holiness

      This image contains a quote from Pope Francis’ exhortation, “Gaudete et Exsultate” (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), on the “call to … more

Resurrection can inspire hope, love in a divided world, cardinal says

Easter is a time to remember the joy that Jesus is alive and that his resurrection can inspire hope and love in the world, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the … more

U.S. Catholic leaders concerned by low number of resettled refugees

Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United … more

To honor Rev. Dr. King, ‘deepen’ commitment to work for justice, bishops urge

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, “we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the … more

Rallies, prayer services celebrate life, legacy of Rev. King

Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — he was gunned down April 4, 1968 — the great civil rights advocate continues to be an outstanding example … more

Participants in interfaith rally resolve to continue Rev. Dr. King’s work

About 2,000 people gathered on the National Mall April 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to commit themselves to fighting racism and … more

Mass marks centennial of Maryknoll’s first ‘sending’ of missioners

One hundred years after receiving Vatican approval to begin missionary work in China, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers recalled the “original inspiration and holy stubbornness” of … more

Catholic tradition guides teaching on contraception, archbishop says

The Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, abortion, human sexuality and contraception is rooted in the same respect for human dignity that guides its work for social justice and care for … more

Catholic leaders react to Trump’s plan to send troops to border

Catholic leaders in Texas criticized President Donald Trump’s April 4 announcement that he would be deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. In an April 5 tweet, San … more

What’s the buzz? A live TV version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on Easter

Television viewers on Easter weekend will be pulled from the Old Testament on Holy Saturday to the New Testament on Easter. ABC is showing the Cecil B. DeMille movie classic “The Ten … more

Catholic Benefits Association wins suit filed in 2014 against HHS mandate

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association and issued declaratory relief and a permanent injunction against a mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for … more

UMBC’s historic basketball team has Catholic connection in coach, players

By now, the college basketball world knows that UMBC stands for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Retrievers’ historic appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball … more

Trump looks at prototypes for border wall that bishop calls ‘grotesque’

On the day that marked the fifth anniversary of the election of a Pope who has called on others to “build bridges, not walls,” the president of the United States toured Southern … more

Texas bishops urge prayers, vigilance in wake of bombings

As police investigated a series of package explosions in central Texas that killed two people and injured four others, two of the state’s bishops said their thoughts and prayers were with … more
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