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U.S. bishops’ committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

May 5, 2017 | 1:38 pm | National

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The American Health Care Act that passed by a four-vote margin May 4 in the House has “major defects,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Social Development. “It is deeply disappointing that the voices of those who will be most […]

Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates

April 27, 2017 | 4:26 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee’s chair to support only pro-abortion candidates “disturbing” and “intolerant.” The cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged members of the Democratic party to “challenge […]

Trump signs bill to let states redirect funds away from abortion clinics

April 13, 2017 | 4:21 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law April 13 that allows states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women and children. The new law overrides a rule change made in […]

Cardinal Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

March 24, 2017 | 4:34 pm | National

By George P. Matysek Jr. Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore’s 14th archbishop, who was an international leader in Catholic-Jewish relations and the driving force behind the restoration of America’s first cathedral, died March 23 at his residence at St. Martin’s Home for the Aged in Catonsville. He was 86. […]

School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead

March 17, 2017 | 5:05 pm | National

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Things are looking up for school vouchers. Although there is currently more talk than action on school vouchers — scholarships used for private school tuition — the conversation about them has moved from education circles to the highest levels of government as they are discussed by […]

USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

February 17, 2017 | 2:42 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its […]

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

January 27, 2017 | 2:32 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — 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 […]

Trump presidency receives words of hope, prayers for civility

January 23, 2017 | 8:26 am | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Words of congratulations as well as caution emerged from political and religious leaders as President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated Jan. 20. Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Trump shortly after he took the oath of office. “I offer you my cordial good wishes […]

Georgia woman killed by gunman at Florida airport was parish stalwart

January 10, 2017 | 12:06 pm | National

By Catholic News Service ATLANTA (CNS) — Olga Woltering, a bedrock member of her parish and the Atlanta Cursillo movement and beloved to her family and many friends, was among five people killed in the Jan. 6 shooting at a Florida airport. Woltering, 84, was leaving for a cruise with her husband, Ralph, to celebrate […]

Volunteers help children in need feel joy of Christmas with donated toys

December 22, 2016 | 5:32 pm | National

By Susan Klemond Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — St. Joseph Worker Program participant Kiki Sykes knows by name the children she serves at the nonprofit Jeremiah Program, and she also knows that the ones experiencing poverty might not receive what they’re wishing for this Christmas. Sykes said she was looking forward to […]