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Leaders call for Catholic sanctuary movement to blunt deportation crackdown

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop Edward Deliman got a standing ovation from 600 leaders when he suggested every Catholic parish declare itself a sanctuary church for immigrants fearing forced removal and the breakup of family life.

Governor’s veto on defunding Planned Parenthood called ‘deeply offensive’

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto comes at the "expense of comprehensive health care for women" because the defunding measure would have redirected state dollars to provide primary care to women and their families.

U.S. senators discuss trafficking, immigration with Vatican officials

Sen. Bob Corker told reporters Feb. 24 that while modern slavery was the focus of his visit, with so much international attention on President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, "certainly it came up.

Supreme Court blocks Texas inmate’s execution, cites racial bias

In a 6-2 ruling, the court agreed that Texas inmate Duane Buck had been unfairly represented by an expert defense witness who told jurors that Buck was more likely to commit violent crimes in the future because he is black.

Literacy center teaches reading, writing, helps students’ self-esteem too

The nonprofit Spanish literacy program has 130 students, 20 volunteer teachers and instruction six days a week in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. Instruction is free.

Some Catholics attack immigration policies, others urge new approach

Some said Trump has gone too far, and some say he didn't go far enough because the administration failed to mention what it would do with the more than 750,000 unauthorized immigrants who currently have reprieve from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Advocates return home knowing they have new partners in justice work

Janny Castillo said she was pleased to learn about the breadth of faith-based advocacy for people in need and would return to Oakland with a notebook full of ideas from the connections she made among the more than 600 people on hand.

#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very act of getting ashes -- and walking around with them -- is pretty public.

Foundations seen as a way for dioceses to tap into donors to fund needs

More U.S. dioceses are turning to foundations to help meet their financial and fundraising priorities. And foundation executives in the diocesan realm believe they've only begun to tap into the potential for these gifts.

It’s families helping families as Catholics, others aid Syrian refugees

"We reach out to our vulnerable brothers and sisters," said Kaela Volkmer, who chairs the social teaching ministry at St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha and helped welcome a Syrian family.