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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 […]

Oakland bishop prays for victims, first responders in warehouse fire

December 6, 2016 | 5:09 pm | National

By Catholic News Service OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) — In response to the Dec. 2 fire that erupted in an Oakland warehouse, Bishop Michael J. Barber of Oakland said in a statement that his “prayers and thoughts are with all those who have died or are suffering from the tragic fire.” “We also pray for the […]

Diversity theme dominates USCCB meeting with encuentro news, VP choice

November 17, 2016 | 5:39 pm | National

By Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — A groundbreaking new study commissioned by the bishops that finds diversity abounds in the U.S. Catholic Church is a clarion call to Catholic institutions and ministries to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. On Nov. 15, the second day of the […]

In initial vote, majority of D.C. Council supports assisted suicide bill

November 3, 2016 | 2:51 pm | National

By Richard Szczepanowski | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The District of Columbia City Council Nov. 1 moved one step closer to allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The council voted 11-2 to pass the “Death with Dignity Act” that would allow a physician […]

Presidential nominees spar over abortion issue as final debate opens

October 20, 2016 | 4:20 pm | National

By Kurt Jensen Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the final presidential debate Oct. 19, Republican Donald Trump used his most explicit language to date to denounce late-term abortions. Trump made those remarks after Democrat Hillary Clinton, answering the first question from moderator Chris Wallace, restated her support of the 1973 Roe v. Wade […]

High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election

September 16, 2016 | 5:08 pm | National

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, “This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes.” But as recent years have brought a wave of religious liberty court battles […]