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Illinois Senate passage of abortion bill called ‘sad day in history of state’

Illinois Senate passage of abortion bill called ‘sad day in history of state’

Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich June 1 said the Illinois Senate’s passage of a bill “eliminating even minimal limitations on abortions under previous law marks a sad moment in our history as a state.”

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Bishop Dewane calls for action to address gun violence after mass shooting

Bishop Dewane calls for action to address gun violence after mass shooting

In the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called for American society to examine why such violent incidents continue to occur.

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As immigration deterrent, Trump threatens Mexico with tariffs

As immigration deterrent, Trump threatens Mexico with tariffs

| Rhina Guidos | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico, whom his administration blames lately for an increasing number of immigrants at the southern U.S. border.

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Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI

Pope says he’s strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give him strength.

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USCCB releases pope’s book on devil, spiritual tools to combat evil

USCCB releases pope’s book on devil, spiritual tools to combat evil

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new book of Pope Francis’ teachings on the history of the devil, “his empty promises and works” and “how we can actively combat him.”

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Pope urges Romanian leaders to care for country’s poor, disadvantaged

Pope urges Romanian leaders to care for country’s poor, disadvantaged

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told Romanian leaders a country’s success is measured by how it treats and cares for its most vulnerable citizens, especially the poor and disadvantaged.

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New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

New Hampshire Catholic officials laud state’s death penalty ban

| Rhina Guidos | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

On May 30, New Hampshire lawmakers garnered enough votes to abolish the death penalty in the state, overriding a veto from Gov. Chris Sununu and becoming the 21st state to ban capital punishment.

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Official looks at meaning, role of ‘metropolitan archbishop’

Official looks at meaning, role of ‘metropolitan archbishop’

| Cindy Wooden | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most Catholics have never heard of a “metropolitan archbishop,” even if their archbishop is one.

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Louisiana governor says he’ll sign newly approved ‘heartbeat bill’

Louisiana governor says he’ll sign newly approved ‘heartbeat bill’

Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Catholic, said he will sign into law a measure that makes nearly all abortions illegal in the state once the fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks.

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Illinois House OKs abortion bill; vote called ‘collective moral failing’

Illinois House OKs abortion bill; vote called ‘collective moral failing’

In a 64-50 vote May 28, the Illinois House passed an abortion bill the Catholic Conference of Illinois called “an extreme measure” that allows “for the abortion of unborn life at any stage of pregnancy and for any reason.”

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Universal and local: Church law responds to local law, culture

Universal and local: Church law responds to local law, culture

| Cindy Wooden | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has universal laws valid around the globe, but many of those laws — including on handling allegations of abuse — must be further refined on a local level to respond to national laws and cultures.

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