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‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign set for Jan. 21-29

Catholics are invited to take part in this year's novena for the protection of human life. Each day's intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

Overcome racism that clouds hearts, archbishop urges nation

Citing "disturbing outbreaks of racism and prejudice," the president of the US Catholic bishops raised concern about the rise in anti-Semitic attacks, displays of white nationalism and violence against immigrants.

Much success, more to do in protecting trafficking victims

Congress marked the 20th anniversary of a human trafficking law and noted its successes but what also can be done to keep both children and adults safe from others who would exploit them for sex or cheap labor.

President Trump sets rules on prayer in public schools

The administration will require states to report cases where public school students have been denied their right to pray. The Supreme Court has upheld prohibitions on school-sponsored prayer.

Young adults make ‘deep dive’ into faith during ‘ad limina’ visit

A delegation of young women and men, accompanying Midwestern bishops in Rome to meet with Pope Francis, are "a sign of hope" and of "a willingness to change some things," said one participant.

Bishops must listen, learn, be healed by God, archbishop says

During a Jan. 15 homily in Rome, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis said that "the church has been knocked down" but that "the Lord can lift us up to do that work that is his."

‘Ad limina’ is time to reflect on personal growth in faith, bishop says

At a Jan. 16 Mass in Rome, Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa said the Midwestern bishops' scheduled meeting with Pope Francis, held every five years, is an opportunity to recommit to love, faith and service.

Trebek cites ‘power of prayer’ in accepting Fordham Founders’ Award

At a Jan. 7 reception, the "Jeopardy" host said that the faith instruction he received through Catholic education has sustained him as he battles stage four pancreatic cancer.

Judge blocks Trump’s order on state refugee resettlement

A federal judge in Maryland stopped enforcement of an executive order that would allow state and local governments to reject resettling refugees in their jurisdictions. The order runs counter to "congressional intent," the judge said.

Massachusetts judge rejects right to physician-assisted suicide

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mary K. Ames said in her Dec. 31 decision that the legality of the issue is not one for the courts to decide, but doctors can provide information and advise about medical aid in dying.