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U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

| February 21, 2018 | 2 Comments

After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26.

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Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

| February 21, 2018 | 3 Comments

About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school.

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‘Monumental’ FEMA shift opens door to disaster funds for religious groups

‘Monumental’ FEMA shift opens door to disaster funds for religious groups

| David Karas | February 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials lauded a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced earlier this year that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters.

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Objections raised over Notre Dame’s new change on contraceptive coverage

Objections raised over Notre Dame’s new change on contraceptive coverage

| February 20, 2018 | 1 Comment

An Indiana bishop said he supports the University of Notre Dame’s Feb. 7 decision to stop coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and add natural family planning services to the school’s health plan, but he said coverage of artificial birth control by a Catholic institution is unacceptable.

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Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year

Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year

| February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI would be canonized this year.

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Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families

Church’s Lenten observance dedicated to shooting victims, their families

| Tom Tracy | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A parish community less than two miles away and directly impacted by the Feb. 14 school shooting at a Broward County high school is finding new purpose in Lent this year, according to the parish administrator.

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Christian leaders in Jerusalem protest plan to tax church properties

Christian leaders in Jerusalem protest plan to tax church properties

| Judith Sudilovsky | February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The heads and patriarchs of Christian churches in Jerusalem strongly denounced the city of Jerusalem’s plan to force churches to pay property taxes.

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Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

| February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

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Head of Catholic physicians’ group warns of threats to conscientious objection

Head of Catholic physicians’ group warns of threats to conscientious objection

| Cindy Wooden | February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

No physician should be forced to choose between violating his or her conscience and facing professional sanctions when defending human life, said the president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

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Philippine bishop orders investigation into Ash Wednesday burns

Philippine bishop orders investigation into Ash Wednesday burns

| February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

A bishop in the Philippine capital has ordered an investigation into reports that several Massgoers developed rashes after having their foreheads marked with ash on Ash Wednesday.

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Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.

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Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

| Cindy Wooden | February 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis said he tries to dialogue with those who disagree with him in the hope that he will learn something; but he just prays for those who call him a heretic.

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