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Growing student activism on gun violence presses lawmakers to act

In the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead, among 34 shootings so far this year, students are raising a groundswell to push legislative action. Leaders including Sen. Patrick Toomey and others are debating options.

Decision to stop Texas execution called ‘example of restorative justice’

The Catholic bishops of Texas praised Gov. Greg Abbott for stopping the execution of death-row inmate Thomas Whitaker shortly before he was to be put to death Feb. 22.

As DACA deadline nears, Catholic voices speak up to fix immigration woes

UPDATED - Catholic leaders and organizers from around the U.S. have been loudly clamoring for relief for the young adults, some who already face deportation and the loss of permits that allow them to work, drive and attend school.

Rev. Graham’s 1967 visit to Catholic college recalled as historic event

Rev. Graham called the gathering "a time when Protestants and Catholics could meet together and greet each other as brothers, whereas 10 years ago they could not."

Bon Secours Health System, Mercy Health announce plan to merge

The merger of the two Catholic health care systems will create a network of 43 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and care sites, and housing ministries that spans seven states from Ohio to the East Coast.

Mass supports individuals, families suffering through drug addiction

Several hundred joined Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik for the liturgy that prayed for people currently battling drug addiction and remembered those who have died from it.

Following Florida school shooting, Jesuit calls for legislation on guns

In a letter addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump and to high-ranking members of Congress, Jesuit Father William Muller said the Jesuit network stands "with so many voices against the proliferation of guns in our country."

Rev. Graham recalled for deep faith, his invitation to all to know Christ

An outpouring of statements paid tribute to the man who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rev. Graham died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, at age 99.

Rev. Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans

UPDATED - He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years, although he continued to lead crusades until 2005, when he held his last one in New York. In recent years, he also suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

Parkland students arrive in Florida capital to urge action on gun reform

UPDATED - About 100 students from the Parkland school traveled in a three-bus caravan to demand gun restrictions a week after the deadly shooting that left 17 of their classmates and teachers dead.