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Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12. A 32-year-old paralegal, Heather D. Heyer, was killed when […]

Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

WASHINGTON—Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Writing Aug. 10, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of […]

Pope: Jesus went to the cross for sinners, not the perfect

VATICAN CITY—On Wednesday, Pope Francis said the Church doesn’t exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God’s mercy — a point he often returns to — and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite. “We who are accustomed to experiencing the forgiveness of sins, perhaps too […]

Pope tells Belgian Brothers of Charity to end euthanasia policy

MANCHESTER, England—Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients […]

Smithsonian exhibit explores religious diversity in early America

WASHINGTON—The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, “Religion in Early America,” celebrates the free exercise of religion and the religious diversity that define American faith life. The exhibit features artifacts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other major world religions. Peter Manseau, the museum’s Lilly Endowment curator of American religious history, is the author […]

Excavation uncovers signs of ancient Christian city near Rome

ROME, Italy—Just eleven miles east of Rome lies the site of excavations of another ancient city, one which thrived in the last few centuries before Christ, but, overshadowed by Rome, eventually died out — though not before having its own thriving Christian community. The city, Gabii, was first occupied by small groups of settlers in […]

USCCB president urges Trump to quickly act to ease contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on President Donald Trump to ease the “onerous” contraceptive mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act because it violates religious freedom. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in an op-ed piece in The Hill Aug. 3 […]

Bishop asks Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ immigration bill

WASHINGTON—Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels over a decade, and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring […]

Knights to send $2 million to restore Christian town in Iraq

WASHINGTON—In 2014, the Islamic State removed hundreds of families of religious minorities from their homes in Karamdes, a mostly Christian town on the Ninevah Plain in Iraq. Just over two years later, the town, also known as Karemlash, was liberated. The Knights of Columbus will raise $2 million to assist these families in returning to […]

Pope: Christians are oriented toward light and hope

VATICAN CITY—The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said. “What does it mean to be a Christian? It means looking toward the light, continuing to make […]

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