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Catholics urged to work for ‘holiness of freedom, freedom for holiness’

Archbishop Lori was the homilist at the opening Mass of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom, an annual observance highlighting the importance of religious liberty.

Bishop: ‘Fundamental defects’ persist in Senate’s version of health bill

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them," said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Early reviews negative on Senate Republicans’ health care bill

One feature of the bill is a reduction in the federal government's share of funding for Medicaid, which offers health coverage to the poor, to 57 percent of its cost over the next seven years.

Former publisher of National Catholic Reporter wins Bishop England Award

"Allow me to receive this award on behalf of the entire NCR staff, past and present," said Fox, who retired in 2016 after 36 years as publisher of the lay-run national newspaper based in Kansas City, Missouri.

National effort on religious liberty seen helping state advocacy on issue

Since its creation, the U.S. bishops' religious liberty committee has garnered much attention on the national stage for its efforts to protect religious freedom. At the state and local levels, religious liberty advocacy also has made strides.

Trailer released for Father Rother documentary

Father Stanley Rother, a U.S. priest who worked in Guatemala for 14 years until he was brutally murdered in 1981, will be beatified in September.

Archbishop Broglio asks prayers for those who perished in ship collision

Seven U.S. sailors aboard the Fitzgerald died. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese of the Military Services said June 21 he was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" and asked all Catholics to remember the sailors and their families in their prayers.

Refugee-turned-reporter recounts Catholic agencies’ role in resettlement

Igor Bobic, now a reporter at HuffPost, told a Washington audience June 19 about his own experience as a refugee and the twists and turns that led to being resettled with his parents in the United States and the part Catholic agencies played in his family's new life.

Catholic leaders among those calling for restorative justice

Two Catholic leaders are among the first 100 Christians, most of them evangelicals, calling for restorative justice as part of a nationwide criminal justice reform initiative.

Bishops urge renewed dedication to efforts to protect religious liberty

"Freedom for Mission" is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place June 21 to July 4. The 14-day observance of action, education and prayer focused on religious freedom began in 2012.