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Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The … more

Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration’s policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while … more

Bishops approve charter changes to widen protection of young people

Changes in language to clarify several sections of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” were approved during the spring general assembly of the U.S. … more

Trenton bishop decries mass shooting that took place during arts festival

No motive “can justify these ongoing, seemingly relentless acts of gun violence plaguing our cities,” Bishop David M. O’Connell of Trenton said after a mass shooting took place … more

Bishops accept revised guidelines for health care partnerships

The process for considering key moral questions are more thoroughly examined in revised guidelines governing Catholic and non-Catholic health care partnerships adopted by the U.S. … more

Pilgrim’s progress: Papal trip to Geneva marks ‘new spring’ in ecumenism

Pope Francis’ one-day pilgrimage to Geneva will mark another major ecumenical moment in his papacy. While he will celebrate Mass for the nation’s Catholics and meet with Vatican … more

Bishops OK directives, abuse charter revisions at spring meeting

New medical directives governing health care partnerships and revisions to the charter on the protection of young people were approved during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring … more

Bishops’ pastoral letter on racism on track for November vote

A planned pastoral letter addressing racism is on schedule for a November vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Sheldon J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the … more

U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to … more

Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program

Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what … more

Immigration is main topic at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast

Four political leaders from both parties spoke at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and they each went in their own directions with their speeches. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, … more

Fifty years after MLK sent poor to Washington, Catholics join his fight

For almost 40 days, and some nights, a group of religiously affiliated people have prayed, marched, rallied, faced arrest or been arrested — all of it to call attention to what they believe … more

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

Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace. After praying the … more

Typhoon Haiyan victims in Philippines pick up pieces with Church help

Through early June, the social action arm of the Catholic Church has been able to help about 1.8 million people affected by the Typhoon Haiyan that struck the central Philippines in 2013. The … 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

Vatican asks German bishops to set aside plans for sharing of the Eucharist

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to … more

Two-year process to revise bishops’ protection charter nears completion

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People said a two-year project to revise the charter that guides the U.S. Church in protecting minors … more

Pope: Seek Christ in ‘abandoned tabernacles’ of the poor, the lonely

As He did with His disciples at Passover, Jesus asks all Christians to prepare a place for Him, not in “exclusive, selective places” but rather in uncomfortable places that are … more

Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican

A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the … more
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