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New law will provide relief to genocide victims in Iraq, Syria

President Donald Trump has signed into law the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which will provide humanitarian relief to genocide victims in Iraq and Syria and hold accountable Islamic State perpetrators of genocide.

Young adults who leave church start at age 13, study shows

A new study on young adults leaving the Catholic Church found people stopped identifying as Catholics long before they ceased attending a parish. The leading reasons: church teaching on homosexuality and disbelief in religion.

U.S. bishops move to address allegations of abuse, claims of cover-up

Catholics felt betrayed by church leaders accused of sexual misconduct and cover-up revealed this summer and this cloud still hung over the church at the year's end.

Pilgrimage across U.S. lets peacemaker spread light from Bethlehem

For more than a decade, volunteers have driven the Peace Light, a flame kindled in Bethlehem, West Bank, from coast to coast, lighting hundreds of lanterns along the route.

High court won’t hear states’ appeals over defunding Planned Parenthood

Pro-life leaders said they were disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court declined Dec. 10 to hear appeals from Kansas and Louisiana on lower court rulings that have stopped the states from blocking Medicaid funds going to Planned Parenthood.

Venerating Cure d’Ars’ relic can help church ‘heal,’ says head of Knights

The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, "reminds us God uses instruments to be ministers of his grace and mercy," said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S.

Priest sees his personal Christmas cards to parishioners as evangelizing

Father Frank Uter pens personal tidings in Christmas cards to 4,100 families at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs and its mission church, Sacred Heart in Livingston.

Catholic Charities strove to meet challenges of natural disasters

Hurricane, fire, flood and even earthquake, Catholic Charities agencies did their best to help thousands of their fellow residents through some of the worst natural disasters they had ever encountered.

Two Jesuit provinces release names of priests with credible abuse claims

The release of 153 names by the two provinces comes as dioceses, archdioceses and religious orders nationwide have made public since summer the names of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.

‘Holy Fire’ retreat ignites faith of middle schoolers from 10 dioceses

More than 1,800 Catholic middle school students and their chaperones from 10 dioceses danced and prayed their way through an interactive retreat event at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Nashville, the largest of its kind ever staged in the diocese.