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Cardinal William Keeler, retired archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 86

A product of St. Charles Seminary and formerly the bishop of Harrisburg before going to Baltimore in 1989, he was made a cardinal in 1994. He became known for his vital role in ecumenical and interreligious relations.

Texas history trots through town; trail riders visit Catholic school

They were bound for the world's largest livestock show and rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held March 7-26 this year.

U.S. Catholics asked ‘to accompany’ migrants, refugees seeking better life

UPDATED - Titled "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," the reflection was issued "in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands."

Eritrean Catholic bishop visits diaspora, says too many migrants perish

Bishop Tsalim, 46, was at St. John Chrysostom Parish in Columbus, Ohio, in early March visiting the Eritrean Catholic diaspora who have been worshipping with the Byzantine Catholic community since 2014.

Justice Department to appeal decision blocking temporary travel ban

An appeal of the March 16 decision by U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland sends the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Virginia.

South Dakota priest named to head Diocese of Cheyenne

Ordained by Archbishop Chaput in 1993, Bishop-designate Steven Biegler will apply his pastoral experience and theology training in Rome to his leadership of the statewide church in Wyoming and its 55,000 Catholics.

House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said Bishop Frank J. Dewane.

Advocates seek more on anniversary of ISIS genocide declaration

Nadia Mourad, a Yezidi woman now living in Germany who had been kidnapped, raped and brutalized by Islamic State militants, said, "A year has passed, and not a single ISIS fighter has been brought to justice."

School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead

Although there is currently more talk than action on school vouchers, the conversation about them has moved from education circles to the highest levels of government as they are discussed by President Donald Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and members of Congress.

High-tech robotic device allows ailing student to stay connected to class

In January, the school and parish community rallied together to raise more than $8,000 to buy the robot to enable Tyler to connect virtually with his class and interact in real time while he remains at home for medical treatment.