Even in a loss, team learns best lessons of baseball, and life

The Philadelphia Catholic League team lost 3-2 in the Carpenter Cup Classic at Citizens Bank Park but every player got the thrill of playing in a big-league park and forming friendships with guys from across the region.

Court stops abortion doctors’ requirements, denies pharmacists’ appeal

The court June 28 refused to hear appeals from Mississippi and Wisconsin challenging lower-court rulings blocking their laws similar to the one in Texas that require abortion doctors in the two states to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

For God and country: Priests navigate U.S. armed forces as chaplains

Military chaplains are commissioned officers serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The priests are basically on loan from their dioceses while they serve.

Senate panel strips retroactivity provision from bill on sex abuse suits

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on June 28 to amend HB 1947, the bill that aims to lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits for sexual abuse going back decades. The new amendment would allow civil suits going forward.

Catholic Church has right to be heard in public square, says cardinal

"There are fundamental truths against which our judgments and our legislative decisions should be measured, and to which we are all called to conform," Cardinal Wuerl said.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he ‘feels protected’ by Pope Francis

Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sincere gratefulness to Pope Francis, saying that his goodness "from the first moment of your election, in every moment of my life here, touches me deeply."

English bishops condemn rise in xenophobic attacks after Brexit vote

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said the "upsurge of racism, of hatred toward others is something we must not tolerate."

St. Gabriel’s gets 3 grants totaling $62K, mostly for tech upgrades

Among the grants for the archdiocesan system that educates and cares for at-risk young men is a project in which boys who rebuild properties damaged by crime will now convert a barn into a workshop.

Suicide bombers hit predominantly Christian Lebanese village near border

Local news reports stated that the Islamic State group was suspected of the attack in the village of Qaa, which was carried out June 27 around 4 a.m. At least 15 people were injured.

South African church leaders criticize politicians for fueling violence

"We are disappointed that our political leaders have not been visible and loud enough in their condemnation of the recent factional violence and political assassinations," Bishop Abel Gabuza of Kimberley said.