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Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

UPDATED - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

In Washington, Salvadoran diaspora in awe of first Salvadoran cardinal

s El Salvador's first cardinal receives his red hat June 28 at the Vatican, he will have the eyes of his flock at home but also of the Washington area, home to approximately 260,000 Salvadorans -- one of the largest communities of Salvadorans outside of the Central American nation.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the appointment of Msgr. Alfred A. Schlert as new new bishop of Allentown

Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert’s appointment as the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown is a moment of joy for the Church in Pennsylvania and I’m confident he will carry on the work of his predecessors with compassion, zeal, and fidelity.

New bishop of Davenport, Iowa, promises love, fidelity for his people

No one who attended the ordination of Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula was alive the last time a bishop was ordained in and for the Diocese of Davenport more than 100 years ago.

Caritas Palermo: First stop for many migrants who cross Mediterranean

The U.N.'s migration organization, the International Organization for Migration, reports that more than 1,850 migrants have lost their lives so far this year crossing between continents.

As consecrated virgins, three women promise lifelong fidelity to Christ

This vocation, the order of virgins, whose members are known as "consecrated virgins living in the world," dates back to the very beginnings of the church.

Military says priest kidnapped in southern Philippines was seen alive

Father Teresito Soganub, vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi, was taken hostage May 23 by terrorist gunmen who attacked the city of Marawi.

Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban

The country's Catholic bishops are "deeply concerned" about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban.

British doctors’ union supports campaign to decriminalize abortion

The outcome of the vote at the annual representative meeting in Bournemouth, England, means that a political campaign to allow abortion up to birth for any reason will now be seen to have the approval of Britain's doctors.

No church for old men: Cardinals called to be grandfathers, pope says

"We are grandfathers called to dream and to give our dreams to the young people of today. They need it so that from our dreams, they can draw the strength to prophesy and carry out their task," the pope told about 50 members of the College of Cardinals.