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Obama signs bipartisan international religious freedom bill
Dec 19 2016
The new law gives the Obama administration and the U.S. State Department new tools, resources and training to counter extremism and combat a worldwide escalation of persecution of religious minorities.

Justice Breyer calls death penalty arbitrary, urges review
Dec 14 2016
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered harsh criticism of the death penalty Dec. 12 in a dissent to the court’s decision not to hear a Florida inmate’s death penalty appeal.

Catholic college presidents pledge support for students with DACA status
Dec 01 2016
More than 70 presidents at Catholic colleges and universities have signed a statement pledging their support for students attending their schools who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

Pope reportedly says he won’t judge Trump but will watch impact on poor
Nov 11 2016
The day before Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S., Pope Francis said he would make no judgments about the candidate and was interested only in the impact his policies would have on the poor.

Maryland Catholic Conference, Catholic congressman react to Trump's election
Nov 10 2016
Congressman Andy Harris expressed hope that some of the goals of the pro-life movement might be reached during Trump’s presidency.

Agencies expect positive engagement with Congress, Trump postelection
Nov 10 2016
Catholic leaders are looking to learn more about the future Trump administration’s positions on a variety of fronts.

Diocese investigating priest over political video of fetus, altar use
Nov 09 2016
“We believe that no one who is pro-life can exploit a human body for any reason, especially the body of a fetus,” said Bishop Zurek.

Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election
Nov 09 2016
Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer.

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers
Nov 09 2016
“We send our best wishes to the new president that his administration may truly be fruitful,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ top aide.

Election outcome expected to influence religious freedom in health care
Nov 03 2016
Catholic physicians express concern over the erosion of conscience protections for hospitals and health care workers.