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Those on path to legal immigration face roadblock on public funds
Astrid Mendoza, a native of El Salvador and a trafficking survivor, reacts as she receives a green card, obtained with the help of Catholic Charities' Immigration Legal Services in Portland, Ore. CNS photo/courtesy Oregon Catholic Charities

Astrid Mendoza, a native of El Salvador and a trafficking survivor, reacts as she receives a green card, obtained with the help of Catholic Charities' Immigration Legal Services in Portland, Ore. CNS photo/courtesy Oregon Catholic Charities

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced Aug. 12 a plan to deny permanent legal immigration status for those who use public funds such as food stamps or public housing. More ...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Opinion on abortion's legality unchanged, survey finds
WASHINGTON – While a survey of more than 54,000 Americans showed little change in their attitudes between 2014 and 2018 on the legality of abortion, researchers detected movement in many demographic groups, Catholics included. More ...
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Mississippi bishops condemn ICE raid, roundup of workers
JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi's Catholic bishops have joined with the state's Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran bishops in condemning the Trump administration's recent raid on seven food processing plants in the state to round up workers in the country illegally. More ...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Bishops urge end to hateful rhetoric that many see as factor in shootings
WASHINGTON – Three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen have called on the nation's elected officials "to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds" of the country caused by the Aug. 3 and 4 mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. More ...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Area bishops, USCCB chairmen denounce Trump's tweets on Baltimore

WASHINGTON  – Three more U.S. bishops spoke out Aug. 2 on a recent spate of tweets by President Donald Trump against the city of Baltimore.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019
Circle of Protection members, others see much to like in budget deal

WASHINGTON • There is a lot to like in the two-year budget worked out in Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, according to faith-based institutions that are members of the Circle of Protection.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019
Award-winning author Toni Morrison dies at age 88
WASHINGTON – Toni Morrison, award-winning author of 11 novels whose words brought to life the experiences of African American women, died Aug. 5 at age 88 in New York due to complications from pneumonia. More ...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
El Paso bishop meets with victims of mass shooting, family members
WASHINGTON – The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and wounded during the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart in the city where he serves, and in a statement following the meeting said his heart "was breaking," after seeing up-close the human aftermath of the crime. More ...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Mass shootings an epidemic, USCCB president says after Ohio killings
"The lives lost this weekend confront us with a terrible truth. We can never again believe that mass shootings are an isolated exception." More ...
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Catholic leaders, dioceses unite in prayer after El Paso shooting
WASHINGTON – The Catholic dioceses of El Paso, Texas, and neighboring Las Cruces, New Mexico, have joined in prayer after an Aug. 3 mass shooting in a mall left several dead and many injured. More ...
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Colorado retreat made famous by pope during WYD '93 gets makeover
ALLENSPARK, Colo. – Mountains don't really change that much in 26 years. So it's a fair bet that the view of Mount Meeker and its twin, Longs Peak, from the Camp St. Malo Retreat is the same one St. John Paul II saw when he strolled the camp's grounds in 1993. More ...
Friday, August 2, 2019
Hearts 'heavy with sadness' over shooting at festival, bishop says

GILROY, Calif. – Hundreds gathered late July 29 at St. Mary's Church for a bilingual prayer service, invited by Gilroy's Catholic community "to come together and pray for all those affected by the senseless tragedy."

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Immigration policy 'will have terrible human consequences,' USCCB Migration Committee chair says
WASHINGTON – An immigration policy that seeks to speed up the deportation process has the potential to trample on a person's legal rights, stoke fears among immigrant communities and lead to more widespread family separation, said a U.S. Catholic bishop who deals with national immigration issues. More ...
Friday, July 26, 2019
Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

WASHINGTON – The July 25 announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment.

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Local, nationwide rallies show frustration over border conditions

Inspired by ongoing questions and concerns about treatment of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than a thousand rallies were held locally, nationwide and across the world during July. 

In Princeton, demonstrators participated from various social justice and church groups, including four members of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown, in a “Lights for Liberty” vigil, one of about 800 that took place worldwide July 12.

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Puerto Rican governor resigns amid massive protest

VATICAN CITY • After nearly two weeks of massive protests in the fallout of scandals involving corruption and offensive private messages, Gov. Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico resigned from office, becoming the first governor to do so in the island’s history.

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Mexican shelters tell of harassment since U.S.-Mexico deal on migrants
MEXICO CITY – Soldiers appeared recently at the diocesan migrant shelter in the northern Mexican city of Saltillo and demanded to see the identifications of its guests. More ...
Friday, July 26, 2019
Pro-lifers say Wen's firing shows abortion is Planned Parenthood priority
WASHINGTON – Following the news Dr. Leana Wen was fired by Planned Parenthood as its president, several pro-life leaders remarked that the organization was upset the physician had emphasized the need to expand Planned Parenthood services beyond abortion. More ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
'World of faith under siege,' with threats 'multiplying' daily, says Smith
WASHINGTON – The world is "filled with people in need," including the unborn, trafficking victims, those "suffering the agonies of addiction and abuse, people with disabilities and still others facing famine and disease, said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey. More ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Agencies 'appalled' by reports U.S. could end refugee admissions
WASHINGTON – News that officials in the Trump Administration are considering "zeroing out" the number of refugees accepted by the United States brought an immediate outcry from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and leaders of Catholic and other faith-based agencies that resettle refugees. More ...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Through crackly transmission, these two eavesdropped on Apollo 11 landing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As astronaut Neil Armstrong took mankind's giant leap onto the surface of the moon 50 years ago, 650 million people watched and listened to the televised broadcast via the Houston Space Center.

At the same time, a couple of young men at a home in Okolona, a suburb of Louisville, received crackling transmissions directly from the moon.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

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