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Catholic leaders urge Congress to adopt budget that protects the poor

Two Catholic leaders have urged Congress to adopt a budget bill that protects programs that serve the country's poor people, prevents the deportation of young immigrants and upholds environmental stewardship.

Security expert says wall would be costly symbol of exclusion, bigotry

A scholar at a Washington think tank says the Trump administration doesn't understand the financial, social, environmental and other implications of building a bigger border wall with Mexico.

Ritual, consistency lead to better participation at Mass, study suggests

A recent study by two Detroit-area Catholic sociologists suggests participation rates during parts of the Mass may increase when Massgoers are more familiar with the songs or rituals.

Head of March for Life calls abortion ‘social justice cause of our time’

Charlie Camosy, associate professor in the theology department at Jesuit-run Fordham University, spoke to Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, in advance of this year's annual march in Washington Jan. 19.

Poll shows a strong majority of Americans want restrictions on abortion

The annual poll of Americans' views on abortion sponsored by the Knights of Columbus indicates that more than three-fourths continue to want "significant restrictions" on abortion access, even though a slim majority describe themselves as "pro-choice."

Alert prompts Hawaii bishop to give general absolution to deacon group

The absolution of sins given to a group of people at one time is allowed only in grave circumstances, such as situations of great danger or imminent death, or for soldiers going into battle, when private confessions are logistically impossible.

Young adults want to be heard by the church, study finds

A new study by St. Mary's Press looks at the reasons for religious disaffiliation, asking teenagers and young adults ages 15 to 25 a basic question: Why did you leave the church?

March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in ‘9 Days’ urged

In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised "the tens of thousands" of participants for their witness to the "value of every human life" and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death.

President Trump to address March for Life crowd live via satellite

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced at her daily press briefing Jan. 17 that President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite.

Archbishop brings ‘God’s love’ to mudslide victims with special Mass

One of the hardest things in the world is to keep believing in God's love when we see tragedy," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said.