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Pope warns against love of money and neglect of others

VATICAN CITY—Without making room for God’s word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human life, Pope Francis said. “Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love,” the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 1 for Latin-rite Catholics. “The word […]

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Reject inertia and reach out to the afflicted, pope says

VATICAN CITY—When it comes to helping the poor, the marginalized and refugees, Pope Francis urged Catholics not to mimic the “Mannequin Challenge” by just looking on, frozen and immobile. The video version of his prayer intention for February begins with a street scene of people doing a “Mannequin Challenge,” the viral internet craze in which […]

Bishops say refugee ban raises deep concerns over religious freedom

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Jan. 31 expressed solidarity with the Muslim community and expressed deep concern over religious freedom issues they said President Donald Trump’s refugee ban raises. Trump’s executive memorandum of Jan. 27 “has generated fear and untold anxiety among refugees, immigrants and others throughout the faith community in the United […]

Prelates raise concern over Trump decision to keep Obama executive order

WASHINGTON—The chairmen of two bishops’ committees expressed disappointment Feb. 1 over President Donald Trump’s decision to retain a 2014 executive order by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, that bans federal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity against federal employees and workers for federal government contractors. Trump’s action is “troubling and […]

Pope Francis: Live in joyful expectation of embracing God

VATICAN CITY—Christian hope isn’t about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow’s weather will be pleasant, Pope Francis said. “Christian hope is the expectation of something that already has been fulfilled and that certainly will be attained for each one of us,” that is, knowing Christ died and is […]

Judge Neil Gorsuch nominated to fill Supreme Court vacancy

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that has been empty since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Gorsuch is a man the country needs, Trump said in announcing his nominee the evening of Jan. 31. He added that his pick for the high […]

USCCB leaders stand in defense of all faiths in response to executive order on refugees

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, issued a joint statement regarding the recent executive order on the new refugee policy announced by President Donald Trump this past Friday. President Trump’s executive order suspends the […]

National march, events around country honor unborn

WASHINGTON—Prayer vigils, special Masses and rallies were held to mark the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. For people in the Diocese of Charleston who attended the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., it was an expression of hope in the future; a feeling that abortion can be turned around, […]

‘Life is winning in America,’ vice president tells March for Life rally

WASHINGTON—Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life advocates from across the U.S. Jan. 27 that “life is winning in America, and today is a celebration of that progress.” Pence addressed the March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, making him the highest government official to address the annual event in person. As a member […]

Cardinal Dolan: If sanctuary of the womb is violated, no one is safe

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York warned that if the sanctuary of the womb is violated, then other sanctuaries are at risk. “Can any of us be safe, can any of us claim a sanctuary anywhere when the first and most significant sanctuary of them all, the mother’s womb protecting a tiny life, can […]

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