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Pew report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks in key areas

The Pew Research Center's annual report on restrictions on religion worldwide showed the United States had the worst scores in the Americas in three of the eight categories Pew surveyed.

Mother Cabrini’s ministry to immigrants called ‘more essential’ than ever

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini took to heart Jesus' greatest commandment to love God and love one's neighbor by tending to those most in need -- children, the sick, orphans and "most of all" immigrants, said New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

With love and listening, Landings guides returning Catholics back to pews

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Landings is a Paulist program that meets returning Catholics with love and guides them back into the pews.

Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes anxiety, fear

UPDATED - The threats of deportation and family separation are causing anxiety and fear within the vulnerable communities our agencies serve, endangering immigrant rights and safety. Most significant is the lasting psychological damage family separation inflicts upon children

Conference celebrates African American Catholics’ gifts to liturgy, ministry

The Archbishop Lyke Conference seeks to enrich liturgies and ministries and promote evangelization at parishes serving Black Catholics.

Subduing attacker unusual reaction for deacon but he had to protect abbey

The July 1 assault is the latest in a two-year string of incidents at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey near Lafayette.

‘Dad-vocate’ for Down syndrome children offers powerful pro-life example

Kurt Kondrich calls himself a "dad-vocate" for Down syndrome children and encourages others to join the cause. He thinks about his children and the special relationship they have.

Sister Pimentel shares stories from the border with U.S. priests

Since 2008 Sister Norma Pimentel has been executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in the Diocese of Brownsville. She is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus whose members are taking care of the thousands of families crossing into the United States.

Plan to change how inflation is measured concerns advocates for poor

If implemented, the measure would affect people's eligibility for food stamps, Head Start, school lunch programs, parts of Medicaid and Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program and other federal programs.

Census to go forward without citizenship question

After months of legal wrangling and a Supreme Court decision, President Trump conceded July 11 that the question "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" will not appear on the 2020 census.