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Colorado bishops welcome move to abolish death penalty

Bishop Jorge Rodrigues

The Bishops of Colorado have voiced their support for a bill abolishing the death penalty, as the proposal makes its way through the state legislature.

After five previously failed attempts, a bill set to repeal the death penalty appears to be moving closer to becoming law. It started on January 31st when 19 lawmakers voted in favour, and 13 against, bill SB20-100 - which, if ratified def...

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US administration's 'Remain in Mexico' policy "disastrous, say faith groups

Families crammed into pens at Border Patrol's McAllen, TX, Station Source: OIG

January 29 marks one year since President Donald Trump's administration implemented 'Remain in Mexico,' a disastrous policy that traps asylum-seekers in Mexico while they wait to make their asylum cases in the United States.

Forcing people to wait in Mexico is extremely dangerous. Most migrants do not have a place to stay, so they sleep on the streets. Children go without education or ade...

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Kobe Bryant's Catholic faith guided and supported him

The news that basketball great Kobe Bryant attended Mass hours before he, teenage daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Los Angeles helicopter crash on 26 January shows Bryant's commitment to his Catholic faith. He and Gianna attended a 7am service and received Communion at the Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach before boarding the flight at Orange County's John Wayne Airport...

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Catholic actor arrested at Washington climate protest

Fr Shay Cullen with Martin Sheen

Catholic actor Martin Sheen was one of the celebrities arrested at a climate protest in Washington on 10 January organised by actress Jane Fonda. Another was 'Joker' actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Sheen, 79, who played US President Jed Bartlet in hit drama 'The West Wing', addressed the crowds, saying: "We are called to find something in our lives worth fighting for ... something that can lift up...

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Washington DC: Women's Rights Without Frontiers in March for Life

Reggie Littlejohn with Anni Zhang and her father Lin Zhang at 2019 March for Life

Women's Rights Without Frontiers marched to "End Gendercide" - the sex-selective abortion of baby girls - in China, at the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 24. In addition, WRWF marched on behalf of abandoned widows.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, said: "We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort the...

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Vacancy for Regional Port Chaplain: Felixtowe and Haven Ports

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) seeks a Regional Port Chaplain: Felixtowe and the Haven Ports.

Full-time salary: £24,000 per annum.

Experience in chaplaincy or similar pastoral work is desirable.

Understanding and awareness of Safeguarding is essential.

The responsibility of Stella Maris Regional Port Chaplains is to be alongside seafarers, to make visible our car...

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US Dominicans oppose escalation of wars in Iraq and Iran

Grand Rapids SIsters logo

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters in 2002, stated our opposition to the United States' preemptive strike against Iraq, taking us into an immoral and unjustifiable war. Today, by virtue of that corporate stance, the Dominican Sisters and our Associates oppose any escalation of the wars involving Iraq, Iran and the United States.

We join with the US Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee ca...

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US Bishop calls for peace as tensions with Iran escalate

Archbishop Jose Gomez

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles, released a statement on the situation in Iran last night which was shared on social media.

The full text of the statement follows:

"In the face of the escalating tensions with Iran, we must pray urgently that our world's leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace. Please join...

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US faith groups condemn US aggression towards Iran

Tori Bateman (left)  was one of the  CPTers who participated in the National Day of Action in Washington, DC

Twenty three faith groups have signed the following statement condemning US aggression towards Iran:

We call on the Trump administration to end military escalation, and on Congress to refuse authorization for war with Iran.

As people of faith, we condemn the United States' dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and the de...

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WCC condemns attack at Hanukkah celebration in New York

Image: Albin Hillert/World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches has condemned an attack on a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi's home north of New York City, on 28 December, in which five people were stabbed and wounded. Several state and local officials have described the location of stabbing as a synagogue.

The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher groc...

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Leading Christian publication calls for removal of Trump

The US-based international evangelical publication, Christianity Today, has called for the removal from office of President Donald Trump.

Mark Galli writes: "It's time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president's character was revealed for what it was."

"In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the new...

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Northern Ireland Bishops response to new abortion laws

Thousands in silent demonstration at Stormont Parliament Buildings - September

The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland have issued the following statement on the Consultation on 'New Legal Framework for Abortion Services in Northern Ireland':


The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland wish to make clear that the new abortion law established under the provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 2019, is an unjust law. As a consequence, no one is obli...

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Canada: National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council

On 12 December, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Church in Canada celebrated the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. This project, with the approval of the Bishops of Canada, has been coordinated since 2002 by the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council.

The following reflection by the Council, draws on theme of the United Nations 2019 year of I...

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USA: Beatification of Fulton Sheen postponed


The Beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, due to take place on 21 December, has been postponed.

In a statement released on 3 December, the Bishop of Peoria, Most Rev Daniel Jenky, said the delay was "not due to any allegation against Sheen involving the abuse of a minor" but was because a few members of the Bishops' Conference had "asked for further consideration."

Born to an Ir...

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