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Immigration advocates express concerns about Trump immigration plan

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic immigration advocates raised concerns about a proposal from President Donald Trump that would reshape U.S. immigration policy to incorporate a "merit-based" system that prioritizes high-skilled workers over those with family already in the country.

Advocates' concerns about the Trump plan, announced May 16 at the White House, focused on family unification, strengthening the asylum system and the importance of welcoming people of diverse economic backgrounds and skills.

Saying they appreciate Trump's [...]

2019-05-17T12:05:00+00:00May 17th, 2019|Catholic News|

Conservationists at Vatican conference call for protecting biodiversity

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People's attitudes toward nature as well as their economic systems and consumption habits need to radically change in order to protect biodiversity on the planet and promote a more sustainable and caring world, said participants at a Vatican-sponsored conference.

"We can learn how to take care of the world. And we must use all our strength to find ways of making the world more human, giving people the possibility to live [...]

2019-05-17T10:22:00+00:00May 17th, 2019|Catholic News|

Pope chooses theme for World Meeting of Families 2021

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian family life is a vocation and, when lived with fidelity, it is a path to holiness, said the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.

The office May 17 announced the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Meeting of Families, which will be in Rome June 23-27, 2021: "Family love: A vocation and a path to holiness."

The dicastery asked that in [...]

2019-05-17T10:02:00+00:00May 17th, 2019|Catholic News|

Shareholders push U.S. telecom firms to tackle online child sexual abuse

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By Dennis Sadowski

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Online child sexual abuse is a booming international business and religious congregations holding stocks in major telecom firms are stepping up their advocacy to thwart it.

Led by Christian Brothers Investment Services, the effort involves a widening campaign designed to push leading U.S. telecoms to take strong action to block explicit images from their growing communication networks and information platforms.

"These telecom companies are trying to attract these younger and [...]

2019-05-16T12:24:00+00:00May 16th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Police search Dallas diocesan sites for files on alleged abusers

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By David Sedeno

DALLAS (CNS) -- Dallas police executed search warrants at three sites in the Diocese of Dallas May 15, saying the process was an extension of their ongoing investigation of sexual abuse allegations into five current or former priests, including one accused of sexually abusing at least three minors and who is believed to have fled the country to his native Philippines.

Maj. Max Geron, who heads the Dallas Police Department's Special Investigations Division, said [...]

2019-05-16T14:01:00+00:00May 15th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Pro-life leaders applaud passage of abortion bill in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNS) -- By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is "the extinguishing of a unique human life," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

"From conception to natural death, every single human life deserves to be protected by law. The violence of abortion is never the answer to the violence of rape," said Catherine Glenn Foster in a May [...]

2019-05-16T10:15:00+00:00May 15th, 2019|Catholic News|

Jesus is always ready to help free people from evil, pope says

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians recognize life's great paradox that so much evil and temptation exist in the world, but that God is always present, too, ready to help and give people the strength to persevere, Pope Francis said.

Each person has been given life, "dreams of love and the good," but is then "continuously exposed to evil" aimed against himself and those around him, so much so that "we can be tempted [...]

2019-05-15T10:05:00+00:00May 15th, 2019|Catholic News|

New York religious leaders endorse bill to end solitary confinement

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By Mike Matvey

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- The numbers are so staggering that it has been called "torture."

Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day.

The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act, which has not yet made its way to the floor of the New York state House or Senate, is [...]

2019-05-14T12:18:00+00:00May 14th, 2019|Catholic News|

Cardinal ‘Fix It’: Almoner’s job is to model direct charity

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By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During his visit to a center offering respite and food to refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski followed a sign that said, "Broken? Fix it here."

The sign led to a shack where several refugees were working together to fix a bicycle, and one was trying to construct what looked like a coal stove out of large cans.

The 55-year-old Polish cardinal holds the title of [...]

2019-05-14T11:20:00+00:00May 14th, 2019|Catholic News|

Parish near Colorado school shooting responds with prayer, counseling

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By Veronica Ambuul

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) -- When news of a school shooting May 7 at STEM School Highlands Ranch reached St. Mark Parish, just two miles away, parish staff members immediately began calling the nine families from the parish known to have children at the school.

STEM School Highlands Ranch is a charter school that draws students from across southwest Denver, encompassing several parishes in both the Diocese of Colorado Springs [...]

2019-05-13T16:28:00+00:00May 13th, 2019|Catholic News|