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The U.S. bishops’ migration committee chairman Sept. 15 welcomed a move by House members to include language in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill to provide a pathway to U.S. citizenship for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other immigrants. more
The world needs Christians who are “signs of contradiction,” who demonstrate the beauty of the Gospel rather than hostility toward others, Pope Francis said. more
The violence of the Holocaust and the atrocities committed against the Jewish people are tantamount to blasphemy, Pope Francis said. more
Pope Francis praised his predecessor’s courage in denouncing the danger of people no longer respecting or understanding the sacredness of human life. more
Spending time in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can heal Christians from a self-absorbed religiosity that is ostentatious and triumphalist, Pope Francis said. more
Pope Francis made sure that while the world often disregards the young and the marginalized, in the Catholic Church, “no one ought ever to feel out of place or set aside.” more
Falling into the temptation of rejecting the cross and choosing a triumphalist form of Christianity leads to a faith that is superficial and sterile, Pope Francis said. more
Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Hungary and Slovakia, while seemingly standard as papal visits go, could prove to be among his most challenging visits at a time when distrust in government authorities and the looming threat of the delta variant are leading the headlines. more
Polarization across society has prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to launch an initiative that looks to bring people together to serve the common good. more
Dante Alighieri died 700 years ago, on Sept. 14, 1321, just one year after completing the Divine Comedy. The years leading up to his death were tumultuous, marked by a long exile from his home city … more
The “present ills of our economy” invite Catholics to reflect on ways to propose new and creative responses to vital human needs in a post-pandemic world, said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. more
Pope Francis offered prayers to the victims and families affected by Hurricane Ida, which devastated the southern and northeastern United States. more
Even as a downgraded tropical storm, Ida, which caused untold damage in the South as a hurricane, continued to wreak havoc in its path along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Sept. 1. Its remnants flooded parts of the New York subway as well as Newark International Airport in New Jersey, resulting in more than two dozen deaths in the region. more
In a late-night decision Sept. 1, the Supreme Court ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. more
The chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan was due in part to a lack of foreseeing all possible eventualities, Pope Francis said in a new interview. more
After the winds from Hurricane Ida peeled off the roof of the seven-story apartment building in Metairie, La. Aug. 29, St. Francis Xavier Church—across the street from the apartment building—was transformed into an emergency shelter for 34 residents, even though the parish had also lost electrical power. more
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a young mother of three who died of cancer after delaying chemotherapy treatment in order to save the life of her unborn child. more
Pope Francis has named Salesian Sister Alessandra Smerilli as interim secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Vatican announced. more
Pope Francis held a private audience with Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and survivor of the Islamic State-led genocide in Iraq, Aug. 26 at the Vatican. more
An already tense situation in Afghanistan took a turn for the worse early Aug. 26 when an explosion near the Kabul airport led to casualties and injuries still being calculated. more
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