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Elected officials need a ‘public servant’s heart,’ Schwarzenegger says

The former Republican California governor and actor warned about America's signs of rising Nazism in a widely seen video. He also voiced support for President-elect Biden and unity.

CHA letter to Biden reveals extensive list of health care priorities

The Catholic Health Association called for strengthening the Affordable Care Act, making senior citizens a priority, removing barriers to care by immigrants, and renewing focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

House impeachment article cites Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’

A House vote on the impeachment resolution will be taken Wednesday if Vice President Pence does not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president over his actions associated with the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

Bishops call for an end to the federal death penalty

Two U.S. bishops who head different committees of the U.S. bishops called for an end to the federal use of the death penalty, resumed last year after a 17-year hiatus, as "long past time."

Two Catholic members of Congress reflect on Capitol attack, work ahead

Catholic Congressmen and daily communicants from Nebraska and Montana called the Jan. 6 assault in the name of justice "twisted" and a threat to "the idea of America."

What Democrats’ Georgia wins mean for Senate’s future, Biden agenda

The wins by Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock will give Democrats control of both houses of Congress. That means "more power-sharing in general," said one expert, due to the 50-50 split between the parties for the first time since 2001.

Washington pastors reflect on Capitol attack that hit close to home

For Father William Gurnee and Father Gary Studniewski, the attack was personal. Before becoming priests, one served as a Capitol Hill staffer and the other was a captain in the U.S. Army. Now they both lead parishes near the Capitol.

Jesuit priest will deliver invocation at Biden’s presidential inauguration

Jesuit Father Leo O'Donovan will offer prayers at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden Jan. 20. The priest, a former president of Georgetown University, is a friend of the Biden family who was the main celebrant at the funeral Mass for Biden's son Beau.

Federal appeals court blocks Trump order on refugee resettlement

The ruling means that resettlement agencies no longer must approach each individual government jurisdiction in which they help refugees put down roots. Overall, 42 governors and more than 100 local authorities had agreed to continue refugee resettlement.

In wake of Capitol attack, leaders urge rejection of divisions that lead to violence

Reaction to the violent invasion of the House and Senate chambers by supporters of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 paralleled initial public response to the horror of 9/11.