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Cathedral, church in San Diego area desecrated with graffiti

St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic Cathedral and a Syriac Catholic church nearby were defaced with swastikas and other graffiti, the latest in a string of vandalism incidents this year across the U.S.

Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination gives spotlight to Notre Dame Law School

Colleagues from the Indiana school, where Barrett is both a faculty member and an alumna, have endorsed the "brilliant legal scholar and jurist."

Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as U.S. Supreme Court nominee

The 48-year-old Catholic appellate judge in Chicago is the president's nominee to fill the seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Supreme Court denies appeals for two recent federal executions

William LeCroy and Christopher Vialva were the sixth and seventh inmates to be executed this year, following the resumption of federal executions after a 17-year hiatus.

Church ready to work with all partners ‘for racial justice’

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville said people should now "come together to work for racial justice," whatever their reaction is to recent decisions regarding the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by police.

Black deacon sees pros, cons in BLM’s fight for racial equality, justice

A Memphis deacon finds "the organization is concerned about a lot more than simply addressing those issues left by the legacy of slavery," and calls their statements "problematic."

‘Live the Gospel of Life’ is theme for Respect Life Month this October

The U.S. Catholic Church's observance "is a time to focus on God's precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters."

Congress urged to cover immigrant, refugee families in any stimulus bill

The pandemic's front-line essential workers include many migrants and refugees, said Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville during a Sept. 23 House subcommittee hearing.

Sister Norma Pimentel named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2020

Known for her work with migrants along the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas, the Missionary of Jesus hopes the recognition will highlight "what each can do to respect all human life, especially the most vulnerable."

Pro-life action, public faith on menu at gathering

At the online Sept. 23 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, President Trump announced plans to sign a "Born Alive Executive Order," while Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said "privatized religion" is "bad for democracy."