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Texas bishops urge prayers, vigilance in wake of bombings

The manhunt for the suspected bomber ended early March 21 when he detonated a bomb in a vehicle as police closed in, authorities said.

Puerto Rico still suffering; Extension campaign aims to help its parishes

Six months after Hurricane Maria wreaked unprecedented devastation on Puerto Rico, the island is still suffering, and much of the relief and recovery help people have received has come from Catholic parishes.

Threat spurs Ohio Catholic school students to join gun violence march

For one group of students from a Catholic school in Ohio, the decision to join the March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington was in part prompted by a brief encounter with the reality of gun violence in America's schools.

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers

Justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to visibly display information about abortions to their clients.

Mississippi enacts 15-week abortion ban; state’s lone clinic files suit

UPDATED -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law March 19 the most restrictive state abortion bill in the nation. Pro-life advocates hailed the law that is for now blocked in court.

San Diego initiative seeks to build trust among police, communities

Religious leaders are recognizing they have a unique role in helping improve relations among law enforcement officers and the broader community.

Cardinal Dolan hopes Supreme Court will uphold free speech

Cardinal Dolan said that he prayed the Supreme Court would "do the right thing and uphold our fundamental right to free speech" when it decides a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

Speakers focus on role of God’s grace, Mary’s intercession in daily life

Speaking at the March 10 Catholic Men's Fellowship Conference, Father Charles Canterna emphasized that all lives have value and that those in prison are no different from those on the outside.

South Carolina artist honors memories of Holocaust victims with drawings

Mary Burkett has created a collection of portraits of children killed in the Holocaust that she calls "Beloved: Children of the Holocaust."

Parish helps the unemployed and abused deal with struggles

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in New York last week offered a series of prayer experiences on topics such as the dignity of work and finding healing after abuse, then culminated with confessions for 24 hours.