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Health care bill lacked input from those who care for sick

Catholic health care professionals and US bishops expressed serious concerns about the Obamacare replacement bill, which was withdrawn from a vote by House Republicans March 24.

Senate Democrats plan to filibuster Gorsuch’s nomination to high court

Judge Neil Gorsuch's bid for Supreme Court justice will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate, and with only 52 Republicans, this would be unlikely. He testified that he accepts the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion "as the law of the land."

‘We don’t have ulterior motives,’ bishop tells top U.S. diplomat

New Mexico Bishop Oscar Cantu met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for a policy-packed conversation about immigration, the Middle East, Africa and the Catholic Church's efforts toward building "the common good."

Family trumps fear for Minnesota refugee served by Catholic Charities

Suad Gele, 34, and her nine children are living in a two-story house in Minneapolis as they begin new lives in safety, far away from their war-torn homeland of Somalia.

Panel: After rescue, trafficking victims need help addressing trauma

It's not enough to rescue victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation -- they must be given supportive care to address their trauma, and tools to live economically independent lives free from abuse.

RCIA draws formerly homeless man to Christ; now he helps others find way

Todd Smith, a former homeless man, says the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Light of the World evangelization program of the Diocese of Worcester has changed his life.

Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty

When asked again about his stance on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, Gorsuch said March 22 he accepts the decision "as the law of the land."

Cardinal William Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

A product of St. Charles Seminary and formerly the bishop of Harrisburg before going to Baltimore in 1989, he was made a cardinal in 1994. He became known for his vital role in ecumenical and interreligious relations.

Texas history trots through town; trail riders visit Catholic school

They were bound for the world's largest livestock show and rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held March 7-26 this year.

U.S. Catholics asked ‘to accompany’ migrants, refugees seeking better life

UPDATED - Titled "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," the reflection was issued "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands."