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US Dominicans oppose escalation of wars in Iraq and Iran

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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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US Catholics speak out in opposition to restart of federal executions

Washington, DC - Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organisation working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, delivered a petition to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr today opposing the planned restart of federal executions. The petition was signed by nearly 3,000 US Catholics, including signatures from prominent cler...

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First Latino Archbishop elected to lead US Bishops Conference

Archbishop José H Gomez

Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles was elected president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) today, during the Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Archbishop Gomez 67, was elected president on the first ballot with 176 votes. The Archbishop has served as vice president of the Conference since 2016. Archbishop Allen H Vigneron of Detroit was elected as USCCB vice president. Bot...

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US bishops launch effort to 'civilize' election debate

One year ahead of the 2020 national elections, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have launched a year-long initiative inviting Catholics to model "civility, love for neighbour, and respectful dialogue."

Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate . . . will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, ...

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Drama at US/Mexico border - Threatened with Resurrection

Scott Wright

Director, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

On October 12, at the US/Mexico border, where the Santa Fe bridge divides the sister cities El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, the waters of the Rio Grande flow below, bounded on both sides by layers of barbed-wire fences. Under the late afternoon sun, 200 people, young and old, lay and religious, Latino and Anglo, crossed by...

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US Cardinal leads protest against brutal treatment of child migrants

Cardinal Joseph W Tobin

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, led more than 400 Catholic demonstrators on Wednesday, 4 September to protest against the inhumane treatment of child migrants and their families at detention centres across the US. In recent months at least seven children have died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centres. Many more are being separated from their families for ...

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Cardinal calls for prayers after deadly hurricane hits Bahamas, approaches US

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Dorian that has left more than 20 people dead in the Bahamas and is moving closer to the southeast coast of the United States.

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

"As we continue to be vigilant for...

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