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Catholic leaders urge Trump to return U.S. to leading role on climate

A group of 161 Catholic leaders cited three popes for advancing the church's call to care for creation. Their letter referenced a recent report concluding it is "extremely likely" that human activities are the leading cause of a warming planet.

Bishop Dewane disappointed by House passage of tax cut bill

House members "ignored impacts to the poor and families" in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Nov. 16, said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida.

Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans

Questions continue to swirl around the University of Notre Dame's decision to allow the third-party administrators of its health plans to go on providing morally objectionable services to university employees, even though Notre Dame no longer is required by the government to do so.

Supreme Court to hear case on free speech and crisis pregnancy centers

The case will consider if a California law violates the Constitution by requiring the state's crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients about the availability of free or low-cost abortion and contraceptive services and provide a referral number for them.

Priest seen as ‘Catholic Martin Luther King’ who gave ‘all to his faith’

Father Tolton, a candidate for sainthood, is the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent and founder of the first black Catholic church in Chicago. The Archdiocese of Chicago formally opened his cause for sainthood in 2011.

Bishops approve revised translation of baptismal rite for children

The U.S. bishops approved the use of a new translation of the baptismal rite for the first time in 40 years Nov. 14 during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore.

Archbishop of Puerto Rico sees spiritual rebirth after hurricane’s wrath

As Puerto Rico's Catholics find their way through the wreckage and mud-soaked parish buildings and roofless homes while coping with minimal electricity, food and water, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves said they have not lost their faith.

National confab was a big hit; energy to evangelize must be seized

A trio of bishops say last July's meeting of 3,200 Catholic leaders was "not just another meeting," and it offered "bold and creative" ways of building evangelization efforts to bolster church and parish life.

California bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in his state

UPDATED - A gunman opened fire at random locations, including near a grade school, in a rural area, leaving at least four people dead and at least 10 others injured.

Too much info to review, and it’s coming too fast, for committee

The two full-time staff members of the bishops' catechism committee can't keep up with overseeing the review process for dramatically more material in English and Spanish from publishers across the U.S.