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Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

August 18, 2017 | 5:14 pm | National

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — After the weekend of mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, the town’s college Catholic community was wondering — like many others around the nation — what to do. The protest and counterprotests making national news were unfolding right in their hometown and the rally’s torch-lit march and angry […]

Joy, a sign of God’s presence, is what church needs, Cardinal Dolan says

July 2, 2017 | 5:14 pm | National

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — Catholic leaders attending the opening Mass of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” were urged to reflect joy — a sign of God’s presence — and not exclusively focus on the world’s problems. “A big part of the reason […]

National effort on religious liberty seen helping state advocacy on issue

June 22, 2017 | 4:35 pm | National

By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Since its creation, the U.S. bishops’ religious liberty committee has garnered much attention on the national stage for its efforts to protect religious freedom and fight government infringement on that freedom. Most notable has been its opposition to the Health and Human Services mandate — as […]

Bishops’ voices called ‘vital’ to fight challenges to religious liberty

June 16, 2017 | 4:53 pm | National

By Sean Gallagher Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. bishops voted June 15 to make the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty a permanent standing committee. The 132-53 vote came on the second day of the bishops’ spring assembly in Indianapolis. There were five abstentions. A simple majority was required for approval. The […]

Trump’s decision to abandon Paris climate pact called ‘deeply troubling’

June 6, 2017 | 3:07 pm | National

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump’s June 1 decision “not to honor the U.S. commitment” to the Paris climate agreement “is deeply troubling,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in […]

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 […]