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US Bishops Urge President and lawmakers to end government shutdown

As the longest government shutdown in history continues in America - leaving hundreds of thousands of people without pay for a second month and cuts to many essential services - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, Texas, President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued the following joi...

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US bishops call for prayers on anniversary of Roe v Wade

US Bishops Pro-Life Committee Chairman Archbishop Joseph F Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful "to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God's grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image."

His statement on January 18 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court decision legalizing ...

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US Catholic school faces outcry after students mock Native American veteran

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A disturbing new video on Youtube yesterday shows a mob of Catholic high school students in Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps surrounding an elderly Native American man, Nathan Philips, chanting "build the wall," and mocking him as he peacefully drums and chants.

Many of the students came from Covington Catholic High School, an all-boys high school in Park Hills, Kentu...

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Washington DC: National Prayer Vigil for Life, March For Life

The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 17 to Friday morning, January 18, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. More than 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will gather at the Shrine to pray for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life, taking place the following day.

The Vigil marks the 4...

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US Church celebrates National Migration Week

National Migration Week 2019 will take place January 6 - 12. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which provides an opportunity for the Church to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. The week serves as a time for both prayer and action in support of immigr...

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US Bishops receive pre-retreat letter from Pope Francis

The US Bishops have received a letter from Pope Francis as they gather in northern Illinois at Mundelein Seminary this week. The weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.

The Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Ca...

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Canada: Justice for Grassy Narrows + film

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In the 1960's the Dryden pulp and paper mill dumped ten tons of mercury into the Wabigoon River system upstream from Grassy Narrows, Ontario. This contaminated the walleye fish that the people ate, resulting in slurred speech, tremors, impaired hearing, tunnel vision and lost muscle coordination- all signs of Minamata disease. It also destroyed their fishing tourism industry.

In the 1980s...

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McCarrick inquiry: Victim testifies in New York

A man accusing ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager has given testimony to the Archdiocese of New York.

James Grein, a man from the US state of Virginia who claims to have been abused over the course of several years by Theodore E McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, gave testimony on Thursday to the judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of New ...

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Trump signs law to support victims of genocide in Middle East

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Yesterday, President Donald Trump, signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018. The law, which defines as Genocide crimes perpetrated in recent years by Jihadists on Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, commits the US government to supplying aid to victims of violence and pursuing those responsible for such crimes. Among those present for the ceremo...

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Pope, US Bishops send condolences on death of former President George HW Bush

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Pope Francis and the US Catholic Bishops have expressed their condolences at the death of former US president George Herbert Walker Bush who died on 30 November at the age of 94. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to the US bishops expressing the Pope's sorrow and promises of prayers. "Saddened to learn of the death of fo...

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US Bishops repeat calls for gun control after Chicago hospital shooting

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement calling for prayers and steps to curb gun violence after the latest shooting incident, at the Mercy Hospital in Chicago yesterday, in which a gunman killed a doctor, a policeman and a pharmacist, before shooting himself. Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in ...

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Statement at close of US Bishops general assembly

On the final day of the public sessions of the US Bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore, Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the following remarks.

Cardinal DiNardo's full address follows:

"Brothers, I opened the meeting expressing some disappointment. I end it with hope.

My hope is firs...

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