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Julie Asher

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Coakley: Loans keep ‘essential ministries’ going during national emergency

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee said the federal emergency “bridge loans” that dioceses, parishes and other Catholic entities applied for provided a lifeline, […]

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Racism ‘at heart’ of man’s death at hands of police, says Pax Christi USA

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The racism “at the heart” of the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis “penetrates every aspect of life in the United States” and […]

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Long-held ethical, moral principles must guide COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic is creating fear over limited resources for treating patients, especially the most seriously ill, but “this is not a time to sideline our ethical […]

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Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as […]

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Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religion “helps promote moral discipline within society” and “helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience […]

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Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes anxiety, fear

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 — the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation […]

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Catholic Communication Campaign helps church evangelize, inform Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic communications in all forms — print, digital, broadcast, social media — are essential to informing the Catholic faithful about the Catholic Church, two Church communicators told […]

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Bishops say ‘sweeping regulations’ of Equality Act will harm society

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a joint letter to Congress March 20, the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said they oppose the Equality Act because […]

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Child sex abuse called ‘a serious and pervasive’ issue in U.S. society

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels. More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by […]

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Marchers urged to stand strong, fight for life with ‘compassion, hope’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. […]

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U.S. can both secure border and treat migrants humanely, says bishop

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Securing borders and humane treatment of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life “are not mutually exclusive,” the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration […]

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Nation mourns death of 41st president, recalls his life, legacy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When he was running for re-election in 1992, President George H.W. Bush told Catholic News Service that he believed that a strong religious faith could provide “an […]