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Bishop feels ‘deep ache in my heart’ after fatal shootings

BATON ROUGE, La.—Baton Rouge Bishop Robert W. Muench renewed a call for a diocesan-wide week of prayer, fasting and reflection after the latest fatal shootings in the city, which this time took the lives of three law enforcement officers. He urged all to “work toward a lasting peace in our communities.” Early July 17, a […]


CNS/Erik Lesser, EPA: A sign is displayed during an interfaith prayer vigil in Thanksgiving Square in Dallas July 8. The prior evening a gunman shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas. The protest was in reaction to two black men being fatally shot by police officers in Baton Rouge, La., and a suburb of St. Paul, Minn.
USCCB president says violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’

WASHINGTON—The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas to protest fatal shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week “calls us to a moment of national reflection,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “To all people of goodwill, let us […]


Family’s journey puts human face on court’s immigration ruling

TRENTON, N.J.—“What’s the point of working so hard in school if you’re going to end up cutting grass?” Those words stick with Jose Agui­lar two decades later. He was sitting in a New Jersey classroom, a teen­ager in the country without legal documents, and took his ex-Marine teacher’s hard-nosed advice as li­cense to, as he […]


Pope Francis pays surprise visit to Vatican department

VATICAN CITY—After a trip to the dentist Wednesday, Pope Francis made the spontaneous decision to stop by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America — a visit one official says demonstrates his close pastoral concern for those in his care. “It was a very exciting moment for everyone,” Father Jose Tola, an official of the department, […]


Religious leaders commend House passage of Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori — as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively — commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304) on July 13 in a 245-182 bipartisan […]


Survey shows views on immigration differ among Catholics

WASHINGTON—A recent survey re­leased by two Washington institu­tions shows a significant division of views on immigration between the two biggest racial and ethnic groups in the Catholic Church of the United States. One “big picture” thing about Catholics revealed in the survey, said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Pub­lic Religion Research Institute, is that […]


Benedict shows core of priesthood is being ‘immersed in God,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to retire and live a life fully dedicated to prayer represents one of the most important lessons he gives the world’s priests, Pope Francis said. In retirement, Pope Benedict shows “in an even clearer way” the core of priestly ministry is a life fully immersed in God, something “that deacons, […]


Pokemon Go: Getting people to Church since … Thursday

LINCOLN, Neb.—“I caught one!” Someone screamed this outside of Father Ryan Kaup’s rectory window the other night, waking him up at 12:30 a.m. That’s because Father Kaup’s parish, Cristo Rey in Lincoln, Neb., is a Pokestop. What’s a Pokestop, you say? It’s part of Pokémon Go, the newest app craze released last week by Niantic Labs. […]


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Catholic universities examine sexual assault environments

WASHINGTON—Several Catholic univer­sities are following Vice President Joe Biden’s lead and taking a closer look at sexual assault and miscon­duct on their campuses. Just two days after Biden’s ad­dress on violence against women at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C., Georgetown University released the results of its first comprehensive sexual assault and […]


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Military archdiocese gets creative in recruiting Catholic chaplains

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Father Mikolaj L. Scibior had a curious journey to the U.S. Army chaplain training school at Fort Jackson in Columbia. The 36-year-old Polish immigrant from Pulawy, who was ordained in 2005 in his native country, met Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services in 2013 while serving as a […]


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