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  • U.S. Supreme Court examines pension plans of religious hospitals

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court looked at the issue of pension benefits for employees at religious hospitals March 27, it seemed uncertain how the justices would decide this case. The ambiguity was perhaps best described by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said at one point during the oral arguments: "I'm torn. This could be read either way in my mind."

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  • Supreme Court sends death-row IQ case back to lower courts

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court sent a Texas death-row case back to lower courts March 28, saying the inmate's intellectual disability should prevent his execution. The court's 5-3 decision reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled based on state criteria and could face execution.

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  • Vatican official praises Detroit Archdiocese for response to immigrants

    DETROIT (CNS) -- Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo's mission to the United States is of the utmost importance to the Vatican: to be the pope's ears on the ground. Visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit for the annual Holy Trinity Apostolate Lenten Symposium March 11, Msgr. Figueiredo's role in the Vatican's Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development means he has the task of speaking with local bishops and Catholic leaders about what is being done, and what more can be done, in support of refugees and immigrants seeking safety in the United States.

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  • Four-year 'encuentro' process begins in the U.S.

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In Spanish, the word "encuentro" means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.

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  • In talk with top diplomat, bishop stresses church concern for common good

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace met with the country's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, March 23, for a policy-packed 35-minute conversation about immigration, the Middle East, Africa and the role of the Catholic Church's efforts toward building "the common good."

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  • Cardinal Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

    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.

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  • Chaput: Enforcement of immigration laws 'must be humane, proportional'

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Karol Diaz, a fifth-grader at Assumption B.V.M. School in West Grove, was among the youngest of those attending the Liturgy of the Word for justice for immigrants and refugees led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput March 19 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

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  • US bishops push for universal, pro-life health care

    Washington D.C., Mar 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The bill drafted to replace the Affordable Care Act has good pro-life measures but still presents “grave challenges” that must be remedied, said one leading bishop in a recent statement.

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  • Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, continued along similar lines of questioning and failed to spark high drama.

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  • House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

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  • Advocates seek more on anniversary of ISIS genocide declaration

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite then-Secretary of State John Kerry's declaration one year ago that Islamic State's actions in Iraq and Syria amounted to genocide -- and unanimous votes in the House and Senate asking Kerry to declare genocide against minority Christian, Yezidi and Shiite Muslim groups in the region -- advocates at a first anniversary ceremony said they want more from the U.S. government than what's been done to date.

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  • The order of Irish Catholics you probably haven't heard of

    Denver, Colo., Mar 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- They’re Irish, they’re Catholic, and they’re proud. But you maybe haven’t heard of them. They’re the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Lady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest and largest Irish Catholic organizations in the United States.

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  • What will the US do next for ISIS genocide survivors?

    Washington D.C., Mar 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- One year after the U.S. declared that ISIS was committing genocide in Iraq and Syria, advocates for religious and ethnic minorities are asking the Trump administration what the U.S. will do next to protect the vulnerable.

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  • What can evangelize the world? A good Catholic school.

    Phoenix, Ariz., Mar 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The Catholic school can be a missionary force to bring Christ to the world, the Bishop of Phoenix has said in a new apostolic letter. “A mark of a truly Catholic school is the fruit that is borne in the lives of its graduates,” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix said. “That fruit is to be shown in the missionary activity of its graduates, called and sent by Jesus to be salt and light in the culture around them, knowing that people and cultures die without Christ.”

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  • School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead

    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 President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and members of Congress.

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  • Agency marks 90 years of service to Eastern churches, humanitarian aid

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- An "invisible" Catholic organization celebrated 90 years of quiet service to the poor in the Middle East, northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. Msgr. John E. Kozar, secretary of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, said the agency maintains a low profile because it works through and with the local church.

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  • NY archdiocese defends right to make hiring decisions

    New York City, N.Y., Mar 9, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The Archdiocese of New York argued before a federal circuit court this week that it should have the freedom to make employment decisions about Catholic school principals without government intervention.

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  • Cardinal Dolan op-ed urges passage of nationwide school choice bill

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged President Donald Trump to follow through on a recent call for legislation that funds school choice for disadvantaged youth nationwide. Writing in a column for The Wall Street Journal March 9, Cardinal Dolan said he hoped that the president would "push Congress to make scholarship tax credits available to working-class families."

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  • Bishops say U.S. must address needs of immigrants, show compassion

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While one Catholic archbishop was urging a fix to the country's immigration laws before a Catholic crowd, another was pleading with the government not to separate mothers from their children while in immigration detention, and yet another, a cardinal, was accompanying a grandfather to an appointment that could have resulted in his deportation.

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  • U.S. Catholic, Lutheran bishops mark 500th anniversary of Reformation

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Catholic and Lutheran bishops gathered in Chicago March 2 for a prayer service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to release a statement on the event. The service took place at the Lutheran Center during a joint meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.

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  • Immigrant advocates concerned about 'Dreamer' apprehended by ICE

    JACKSON, Miss. (CNS) -- Pastors, attorneys, immigrants and immigrants' advocates gathered at City Hall in Jackson March 1 to express their concerns about recent immigration raids. They also invited the community at large to attend a forum to discuss the contributions immigrants make to Mississippi and seek dialogue with law enforcement representatives.

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  • Minnesota diocese files to reorganize under U.S. Bankruptcy Code

    NEW ULM, Minn. (CNS) -- A third Minnesota diocese has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Bishop John M. LeVoir of New Ulm said March 3 he asked diocesan attorneys to take the action in response to the enactment of the 2013 Minnesota Child Victims Act, which temporarily lifted the civil statute of limitations on child sexual abuse claims for three years. That three-year window ended May 25, 2016.

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  • Trump signs new executive order on refugees, excludes Iraq from ban

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, signed March 6, now excludes Iraq from the ban. Iraq had been one of seven nations in the original order, issued Jan. 27 but the implementation of which was blocked in the courts. The new order will not take effect until March 16.

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  • California Catholic high school makes millions from Snapchat investment

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CNS) -- A California Catholic high school did away with future car washes and pizza kit sales March 2 when the $15,000 investment it made with Snap Inc., the company that developed the messaging app Snapchat, sold shares to the public and the school stepped into a windfall of at least $24 million.

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  • Mike Pence to deliver commencement address at Notre Dame

    South Bend, Ind., Mar 2, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be this year’s commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame, it was announced Thursday. This will mark the first time a sitting vice president delivers the commencement address at the university. Pence will also receive an honorary degree at the May 21 ceremony.

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  • Students creating bonds of friendship, faith at Newman Center in Omaha

    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- After six months together at the St. John Paul II Newman Center in Omaha, residents -- and nonresidents -- are creating bonds based on friendship, sharing and faith. The center, which opened in August 2016 near the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, is the dormitory home to more than 100 students from the university and the College of St. Mary.

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  • Catholics called to stand against 'alt-right' views but seek dialogue

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Conservative Political Action Conference, popularly known as CPAC, met near Washington in late February, the event's main organizer did everything possible to separate the annual gathering from a fringe group it said it wants no part of and whose members don't reflect their values.

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  • For next version of refugee ban, waiting is hardest part, say advocates

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With barely a month passed since President Donald Trump's executive order restricting refugee immigration into the United States was issued -- only to see it held up in the courts -- Catholic immigration advocates are on tenterhooks waiting for a revised executive order, the issuance of which has been long promised but slow in coming.

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  • Lent: 40 days of prayer, fasting, almsgiving to 'jump-start' one's faith

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, is often viewed as a time to give up something and go without meat on Fridays. But a glance at almost any Catholic parish bulletin during Lent will reveal that a lot is more going on during this time with increased opportunities for prayer, confession, Stations of the Cross or retreats. And there also are plenty of online tools to help people grow in their faith: links to reading materials, suggested prayers and activities, charities to donate to and simple meals to prepare.

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  • President honors spirit of Notre Dame student with rare disease

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Megan Crowley, a University of Notre Dame student born with a rare disease, was recognized by President Donald Trump during his address to a joint session of Congress. The president Feb. 28 acknowledged Megan Crowley, 20, who has Pompe disease, for her strength and character while living with the inherited disorder since being diagnosed at 15 months of age.

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