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Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms

Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a directive by the Obama administration on transgender access to bathrooms in public schools, and the injunction applies nationwide.

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USCCB president says violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’

USCCB president says violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’

The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas against fatal shootings by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier in the week “calls us to a moment of national reflection,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Bishops seek assault weapons ban, say civilians have no need for them

Bishops seek assault weapons ban, say civilians have no need for them

| Dennis Sadowski | June 24, 2016 | 5 Comments

Two U.S. church leaders called for a ban on the sale of military-style assault weapons, saying they have no place in the hands of civilians.

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Supreme Court tie vote blocks temporary plan to stop deportations

Supreme Court tie vote blocks temporary plan to stop deportations

| Carol Zimmermann | June 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

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Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

Archbishop Hebda among bishops to implement ‘Joy of Love’

The archbishop who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has appointed the chairmen of five USCCB committees to an informal working group on the implementation of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.”

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USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

| Mark Pattison | May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.

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An effort to end modern-day slavery

An effort to end modern-day slavery

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Human trafficking is a scourge that each year impacts thousands of vulnerable women, men and children who come to the United States searching for a better life but wind up as modern-day slaves.

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‘We need you,’ cardinal tells Catholic studies program

‘We need you,’ cardinal tells Catholic studies program

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

“The Catholic studies program at the University of St. Thomas was the first one. And, they started something big.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Peasant’s prayer for the modern age

Peasant’s prayer for the modern age

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here’s a shout out for the rosary — that prayer you can pray when you’re discombobulated, waiting in the doctor’s office, driving to and from work, too distracted to meditate, lonely in a big city or sitting with the dying or even by oneself.

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Rural poverty calls us to remember who feeds us

Rural poverty calls us to remember who feeds us

| September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to the Department of Agriculture, rural poverty is over two percentage points higher than urban poverty. This poverty is more pervasive and persistent: Of all the counties that experienced deep spells of poverty over a 20-year span, more than 88 percent are rural.

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Citizenship path, family unity key to immigration reform

Citizenship path, family unity key to immigration reform

| August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit recently interviewed Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy and public affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He will speak Sept. 4 at a discussion on faith and federal immigration reform hosted by Archbishop John Nienstedt at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. The following is an edited version of the interview.

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The radical vision of Jesus: How the pope lives his first encyclical

The radical vision of Jesus: How the pope lives his first encyclical

| Bishop John Webster | July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the numerous surprising moments of Pope Francis’ young pontificate was the announcement that on Holy Thursday, March 28, he would celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Rome’s Casa Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre.

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