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The announcement of a new conscience protection rule May 2 protecting health care workers who object to abortion procedures on religious grounds was welcome news to U.S. Catholic bishops and the president of the Catholic Health Association. more
Jockey Mike Smith, a Catholic who rode Justify last year to a Triple Crown victory, prays before every race, but he doesn’t pray to win. more
People gathered to pray at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte the day after a student opened fire April 30 in a classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which killed two people and wounded four others. more
In a memo released late on April 29, President Donald Trump ordered changes for how refugees may apply for asylum to the U.S., requesting an application fee from asylum-seekers and denying them permission to work depending on how the applicant entered the country. Though the changes are not immediate, he gave administration officials 90 days to work on new regulations. more
Parents must feel at times it’s a losing battle keeping screens out of their children’s hands, much less away from their eyes. more
Fears of suicide bomb attacks kept many Christians and Muslims away from churches and mosques for Sunday Mass and Friday prayers a week after the Easter bombings. more
Catholic bishops from around the U.S. were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured. more
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former archbishop of Krakow and longtime secretary to St. John Paul II, celebrated his 80th birthday April 27, ending his eligibility to vote in a conclave. more
All Sri Lankans “are going through one of the saddest and most devastating periods of our history,” Father Nalaka Silva told those gathered at an evening interfaith memorial service April 24 in Manhattan for the victims and all people affected by the Easter terrorist attacks. more
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka. more
During April 23 oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the majority of justices seemed in favor of an added question about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. more
As people in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, the blaze stirred genuine emotions that could come only from witnessing the loss of beauty, art historian Elizabeth Lev said. more
The 10th bishop of the Vermont Diocese of Burlington has opened a cause for canonization for the first bishop of the statewide diocese. more
As he watched more than 200 people stream into a lecture hall at Fordham University in the Bronx on a sunny Saturday, Father Brian E. McWeeney said, “It’s a positive thing to see the laity taking … more
The Sri Lankan government blamed little-known Islamic group National Thowheeth Jama’ath for the Easter suicide bombings that targeted three churches and three luxury hotels across the country. more
“I just went next door to our own beloved Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s, to ask the intercession of Notre Dame, our Lady, for the Cathedral at the heart of Paris, and of civilization, now in flames! God preserve this splendid house of prayer, and protect those battling the blaze.” more
"You worry me, Doctor Franz,” says a young SS officer at a Nazi-era clinic for special needs children in Stephen Unwin’s play “All Our Children.” “This is a sacred task, and we need … more
This is a resurrection story. It is about Kaitlyn Bernhardt, a teenage girl from Brooklyn, who became sick with a severe form of bone cancer, just before she was about to enter Bishop Kearney High … more
The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have a growing presence in Pakistan as they mark 60 years of service there. Twenty-two Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, 15 vowed and seven in initial formation, are … more
Cardinal Dolan last week suspended two priests of the archdiocese, Father Peter Miqueli and Father Michael J. O’Leary. Both are prohibited from celebrating Mass and administering “any and all” … more
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