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  • DACA recipients undaunted moments before visiting Congress

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Three young adults of the estimated 700,000 with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status remain undaunted after years of little to no action on their behalf in Congress and the courts, including the Nov. 12 Supreme Court hearing that could permit the Trump administration to cancel the program.

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  • Daleiden to appeal judgment in Planned Parenthood lawsuit

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- After a 10-member jury handed down a nearly $2.3 million judgment against David Daleiden late Nov. 15, a Chicago-based pro-life law firm said it would appeal the judgment on behalf of Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress.

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  • Boston historian believes some of Virginia's first slaves were Catholic

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNS) -- Just a few words in a letter of John Rolfe's mark the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia in 1619. Four hundred years later, historians know little about the "20. and odd negroes" who arrived aboard the White Lion. They know their journey began in the port city and capital of modern-day Angola, Luanda, when they boarded the San Juan Bautista. Luanda was a slave trading hub.

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  • Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (CNS) -- Nearly 100 people were bathed in light as they gathered for a prayer vigil at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Terre Haute, not far from the Federal Correctional Complex. Despite the lights and bright glow, the tone was heavy and somber. They were gathered to pray for the federal death-row inmates and all those affected by their pending executions scheduled for December and January at the prison.

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  • As Supreme Court hears DACA case, bishops voice support for beneficiaries

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- It's a population that almost every bishop in the United States comes into contact with: 700,000 young adults brought into the country as children without documents. So, it was natural that on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on an important case involving them, even as they were conducting regular business during the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 11-13, some bishops were monitoring the situation before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Bishops approve new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops voted to approve close to 300 new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours. The Nov. 12 vote was 205-5 with two abstentions. The proposal needed two-thirds of the Latin-rite bishops to vote yes, or 164 votes. They must now receive confirmation from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

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  • Bishops OK new edition of Program of Priestly Formation

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops Nov. 12 adopted the sixth edition of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation for U.S. dioceses and religious orders. The vote on the document, popularly known among the bishops as "the PPF," was 226-4, with three abstentions. It needed two-thirds of the bishops, or 179 votes to ensure passage. Before it can be implemented, it must first receive a "recognitio," or approval, from the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy.

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  • Revised Program of Priestly Formation formally introduced to bishops

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops heard Nov. 11 of plans to revise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' existing Program of Priestly Formation for U.S. dioceses. The revision was introduced by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, chairman of the bishops' Committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, on the first day of their Nov. 11-13 fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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  • Ministry, mission, communion key points in nuncio's talk to U.S. bishops

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The bishop's ministry and mission, and how he forges communion, was the message in Archbishop Christophe Pierre's address to the U.S. bishops Nov. 11 in Baltimore. The "ad limina" reports submitted to the Vatican in advance of U.S. bishops' meetings with Pope Francis and curial officials -- indeed, a handful of bishops were already in Rome for these visits -- "provide a clear picture of how the church in the United States is carrying out its mission," said Archbishop Pierre, the Vatican's nuncio to the United States.

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  • U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by church, society

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- During their Nov. 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops elected new officers and discussed challenges in the church and the nation. They spoke of their renewed efforts to help immigrants, youth and young adults, pregnant women and the poor as well their steps to combat gun violence and racism.

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  • Federal judge halts Trump administration conscience protection rule

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge's Nov. 6 ruling that halts a Trump administration conscience protection rule for health care professionals leaves them "vulnerable to being forced to perform, facilitate or refer for procedures that violate their conscience," said the senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute.

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  • Murder of Jesuits was marked with horror, but inspired defense of the poor

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- No one can deny that the act was horrific. Six priests found face down on a lawn with bullet holes through various parts of their bodies. One was in his bathrobe. "Before the end of darkness on the morning of Nov. 16, with unspeakable and barbaric cruelty, armed men burst into the Jesuit residence at the University of Central America in San Salvador and shot six Jesuit priests to death. At the same time, the community's cook and her daughter were murdered in their bed. According to reliable reports, several of the priests, my brothers, had their brains torn from their heads," wrote Georgetown University president Father Leo Donovan Nov. 19, 1989, three days after the killings, in The Washington Post.

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  • USCCB president disinvites Bishop Bransfield from fall assembly

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in consultation with the members of the USCCB Administrative Committee, has taken the highly unusual step of disinviting a fellow bishop from the conference's fall general assembly.

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  • Apostolic visitation in Buffalo concludes

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) -- Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has concluded an apostolic visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo. The news Bishop DiMarzio was assigned by the Vatican to make the visitation came via a communique released in early October by the apostolic nunciature in Washington, which coordinated it.

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  • Biden denied Communion at Mass during stop in South Carolina

    FLORENCE, S.C. (CNS) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden attended the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church Oct. 27 and when he presented himself to receive the Eucharist was refused by the pastor. "Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden," Father Robert Morey wrote in a statement responding to queries from the Florence Morning News. "Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of church teaching."

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  • Bishop Richard Lennon dies at 72

    CLEVELAND (CNS) -- Bishop Richard G. Lennon, 72, whose time as the 10th bishop of Cleveland was marked by a commitment to evangelization with an emphasis on the Gospel, died Oct. 29 following a prolonged illness.

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  • The dark side of memes: spreading untruths about religion

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The image seems inoffensive on the surface: a figure of a gray-haired man, presumably God, with text that says: "I gave you free will so use it exactly as I command you to." It was one example of an image known as a meme offered by Heidi Campbell, a communications professor at Texas A&M University, who studies how such images can affect widespread perceptions of religion and of members of religious groups.

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  • Texas court favors woman seeking gender transition for 7 year-old son

    Austin, Texas, Oct 23, 2019 CNA.- A Texas jury this week ruled against a father who wants to block the hormonal gender transition of his 7-year-old son James into a girl named Luna. Texas dad Jeffrey Younger had appealed to a state court to obtain sole custody of his twins, Jude and James, in part to save James from a hormonal gender transition that the boy’s mother has been planning, according to the Washington Examiner.

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  • Groups call for end to use of aborted fetal tissue in animal research

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A collection of pro-life groups Oct. 22 called for an end to the use of aborted fetal tissue in animal research. Although the Trump administration banned the practice in June for federal research at the National Institutes of Health, the group White Coat Waste Project said research continues in 31 different states with research dates not expiring until 2023 or even later, with some projects having open-ended deadlines.

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  • USCCB assembly to review third-party reporting system, elect new officers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- An update to the Program on Priestly Formation, a progress report on the establishment of a nationwide, third-party reporting system for abuse or misconduct by bishops, and a vote on new leadership for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are on the agenda for the bishops' fall general assembly.

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  • Bishops urge stay of execution, note 'strong evidence' inmate is innocent

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- The eight Catholic bishops of Florida have written to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to stay the Nov. 7 execution of James Dailey at the Florida State Prison in Starke. "While we urge you to stop every execution and end the use of the death penalty in Florida, this case of a veteran with evidence of innocence is especially alarming," wrote the bishops.

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  • Nationals' Catholic chaplain calls World Series team his parish

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the Washington Nationals won the World Series Oct. 30, the team's chaplain said the players' example carried a spiritual message that goes beyond baseball. "Their witness is an inspiration not only to others in baseball but to all of us: 'Stay in the fight,' he said, referring to the team's rallying cry.

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  • Lifelong tug to help Africa's poor leads Catholic to mission work in Ghana

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Since learning about the Peace Corps in high school, Diane Yonga felt a tug that never went away to help the poor and hungry in Africa. Decades later, her calling is being fulfilled through the Lay Mission-Helpers Association, a Catholic organization based in Los Angeles, as well as assistance from the Center for Mission in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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  • Faith groups pray for immigrant children in detention, urge policy change

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Dozens of Chicago-area Catholics were joined by Lutheran, Jewish and Muslim representatives as they all prayed for immigrant children held in U.S. detention centers Oct. 16. At the Healing Garden near Holy Family Church, the group sang and prayed at the "They're All Our Children" service before participants each pledged to spend one of the next 40 days in prayer and fasting for detained immigrant children and their families.

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