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Judge OKs court challenge to California’s assisted suicide law

Five California physicians and the American Academy of Medical Ethics brought the legal challenge last year.

Jesuit program goes to ‘the margins’ to bring education to refugees

The centers offer a mixture of online and in-person educational opportunities in service of people who have been displaced because of political turmoil, violence and other crises throughout the world.

World Refugee Day aims to raise awareness of global refugee situation

"World Refugee Day is a day where we highlight the achievements of refugees. Refugees are like all people -- unique children of God," said Bill Canny, executive director of the USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services.

High court: State erred in denying poor defendant independent evaluation

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, said the state of Alabama erred in denying an indigent defendant now on death row a separate psychiatric evaluation that would assist in his own defense.

Consecrating FOCUS to Mary is ‘all grace,’ says apostolate’s CEO

"We want to make a consecration to Our Lord in a new and powerful way through the intercession of Our Lady. With special emphasis on Our Lady of Guadalupe and Fatima because of the special significance which they hold for their new evangelization,"

New priests follow many paths to answering call to serve God’s people

This spring, 590 men entered the priesthood in dioceses throughout the United States, according to a report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

Catholic church leaders call for dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba

Cardinal Jaime Ortega, who played a major role in the rapprochement between Cuba and the U.S., said "resorting to old models" and applying them presently to Cuba can "overshadow or delay" the resolution of conflicts between the two countries.

Chaldeans protest ICE detentions outside federal building in Detroit

UPDATED - The organizer of a June 16 protest in Detroit against federal agents' rounding up more than 100 Iraqi-American immigrants told local media that those who were detained had no prior warning that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be arresting them the morning of June 11.

Bishop Burbidge leads public event to plead for political unity

The bishop of Arlington celebrated Mass and led a eucharistic procession June 18 in which he asked politicians, and the media, "to be respectful of each other ... and to let go of harsh words and rhetoric."

Bishops’ concerns for religious liberty, health care echo at assembly

Reflecting their concern that religious liberty at home and abroad remains a top priority, the U.S. bishops during their spring general assembly in Indianapolis voted to make permanent their Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.