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‘Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone’ suffering, says church official

The devastation of Hurricane Michael in parts of the Florida Panhandle rival last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and recovery could take years.

Faith-centered primary care clinic takes place of Iowa abortion facility

A building that was Planned Parenthood now is home to Life & Family Medical Clinic, a faith-centered primary care clinic, and the Women's Choice Center, which provides support for pregnant women, new parents and their families.

West Virginia cathedral hosts Forty Hours devotion for church healing

Participants at a Forty Hours devotion at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling were urged to pray for the church in the diocese, the United States and the world.

Washington Archdiocese releases names of priests accused of abuse

The Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of abusive priests and stated that there have been no credible claims of abuse made against archdiocesan priests in almost 20 years.

Indiana attorney general asks high court to reverse block on abortion law

Signed in March 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence, the Dignity for the Unborn law also requires clinics and/or other health care facilities in possession of aborted or miscarried fetuses to dispose of them either by cremation or interment.

Many implications of Orthodox split remain unknown, says Catholic expert

The Russian Orthodox Church's rejection of the authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople brings into question pan-Orthodox activities like international dialogue with the Catholics.

Houston panel explores why people migrate to U.S.

A forum examined the complex web of international and local factors that influence people -- individuals ands families, not labels such as refugees -- to come to "El Norte" seeking opportunity.

USCCB leaders ask for prayers, donations for hurricane victims

"Let us respond with prayer and personal generosity," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in an Oct. 13 statement.

Masses, celebrations in U.S. mark canonization of St. Romero

With a Mass, processions and fellowship, about 800 people, mostly immigrants, gathered at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington Oct. 14 to celebrate the canonization of St. Oscar Romero.

Catholic leaders welcome PEPFAR reauthorization in Congress

Two Catholic leaders applauded congressional committees for reauthorizing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, opening the door for final passage of a bill to keep the program in place for another five years.