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Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill released late June 26, said the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance. “This moment cannot pass without comment,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice […]



Pope: True Christians are guided by God, not crystal balls

VATICAN CITY—The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said. Like Jesus, who was stripped of everything and nailed to a cross, Christians are called to “strip” themselves […]


USCCB says ‘fundamental defects’ persist in Senate’s version of health bill

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act contains “many of the fundamental defects” that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act “and even further compounds them,” said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. The Senate released its health care reform bill in “discussion draft” form June 22. […]


In lieu of visit, pope makes donation to South Sudan charities

VATICAN CITY—With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support. Because a planned trip with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury […]


Holiness means being open to God, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire that “work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God,” the […]


US Bishops promote awareness on World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON—The annual observance of World Refugee Day June 20 “provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the global refugee situation and the success of resettled refugees,” an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a June 19 statement. “World Refugee Day is a day where we highlight the achievements of refugees. Refugees […]


Pope tells parents to help youth see blessings of adulthood

ROME—Instead of “pretending to be adolescents,” parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome. The belief that youthfulness is a model of success “is one of the most dangerous, unwitting menaces in the education of our […]


Eucharist is reminder of God’s love, call to unity, pope says

ROME—The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God’s love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said. The Eucharist should “heal our ambition to lord it over others, to greedily hoard things for ourselves, […]


Bishops’ voices called ‘vital’ to fight for religious liberty

INDIANAPOLIS—The U.S. bishops voted June 15 to make the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty a permanent standing committee. The 132-53 vote came on the second day of the bishops’ spring assembly in Indianapolis. There were five abstentions. A simple majority was required for approval. The bishops’ action came less than a week before the […]


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