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U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Urges Families Be Kept Together at Border

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration June 1 criticized the Trump administration for “forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers” at the U.S.-Mexico border. more

Sports on Sundays OK, Except When Used to Skip Mass, Says Vatican

A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children’s sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win “at all costs” and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans. more

Hawaii Parishioners Displaced by Lava Ask for Prayers

Paul and Rose Utes, members of Sacred Heart parish in Pahoa, had to leave their home when lava from the Kilauea eruptions moved into their section of the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna on the Big Island. more

Voters in Ireland Pave Way for Abortion on Demand

Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country’s constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks. more

Ryan, Brownback, Archbishop Address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

This year’s National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 gathered at a Washington, D.C. hotel May 24. more

Italian Nun Murdered in Somalia to Be Beatified in Italy

An Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 will be beatified in Piacenza, Italy, May 26. more

Pope Will Create 14 New Cardinals in June

Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 28, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. more

At Bishops’ Spring Assembly, Vote on Revised Medical Directives Planned

Revised guidelines governing Catholic and non-Catholic health care partnerships will be on the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly June 13-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. more

Chirlane McCray Speaks at Cathedral About Mental Health Awareness

New York City’s first lady Chirlane McCray addressed congregants at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Pentecost Sunday as part of “ThriveTogether: A Weekend for Mental Health,” a nationwide outreach … more

Catholic Inspiration Behind the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Exhibit

"In the Catholic imagination,” said Cardinal Dolan on May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s press preview for the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” “the … more

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation To Serve New Yorkers in Need

Cardinal Dolan and the bishops of the Catholic dioceses of New York state have come forward to help New Yorkers in need by announcing the formation of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation May 8. … more

Catholic Charities of Staten Island Stepping Up to Fight Drug Addiction

Catholic Charities of Staten Island is again stepping up to address the borough’s drug epidemic by acquiring Carl’s House, changing the name to Carl’s Recovery Center and moving it to the … more

Special Mass Offered at Bronx Church for Peace in Nicaragua

A special vigil Mass in the Bronx was offered as broadcast and newspaper reports continued to come in daily about the deadly social and political turmoil in the Central American country of Nicaragua. … more

Pope Appoints New York Biologist to Science Academy

Pope Francis named a pioneering U.S. scientist specializing in stem-cell research to the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. Elaine Fuchs, professor and head of the laboratory of mammalian cell … more

Two Cardinals to Address New York Bible Summit

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, and Cardinal Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, will serve as the keynote speakers at the New York Catholic Bible Summit 2018 at Cathedral High School on East … more

Iowa Legislature Sends Fetal Heartbeat Bill to Governor

A bill described by some observers as the most restrictive abortion legislation in the nation has been sent to the desk of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. more

New Yorkers Came Together in Prayer for Alfie Evans Before Toddler’s Death

The archdiocesan Office for Public Policy and the Young Adult Outreach Office co-sponsored a Mass and prayer vigil last week for the well-being of Alfie Evans, the toddler from the United Kingdom who suffered from a severe degenerative brain condition. The boy died two days later. more

Staub Called ‘God’s Hall of Famer’ at Memorial Mass

Rusty Staub was remembered as a member of “God’s Hall of Fame” at a Memorial Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral April 25. “Rusty has bypassed Cooperstown … more

Cardinal Leads CNEWA Delegation Meeting Lebanese, Refugees

A North American delegation negotiated the steep incline to a clinic draped over the roadway, like an olive tree from a limestone bluff. “Yesterday we prayed,” said Cardinal Dolan, who the day … more

An Update on Lebanon

Cardinal Dolan wrote this blog post after returning from his visit to Lebanon April 14-18 with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. more
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