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Catholics mourn for victims killed, injured in Texas trafficking tragedy

The "senseless deaths" of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation while being held in a tractor-trailer along with 29 others was a "monstrous form of modern slavery," said the bishop of San Antonio.

Doing well and doing good: Charities wary of Trump tax plan

President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan would place a cap on total itemized deductions, including those for charitable giving. By raising the standard deduction and eliminating the estate tax, experts say that this plan would reduce incentives that often prompt donations to charities.

Learning from natural family planning instructor said better than app

"Women ought to be careful and do some research on any app claiming to help track the biomarkers for use in natural family planning," advised Theresa Notare, assistant director of natural family planning in the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate to fix problems with the ACA in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement.

Advocates urge more awareness about natural family planning options

There are plenty of myths that surround natural family planning, but advocates say the Catholic Church can help dispel those myths and raise an awareness of which fertility-awareness options exist for married couples that embrace church teaching.

Land O’ Lakes statement on Catholic higher education turns 50

The document's official name is "Statement on the Nature of the Contemporary Catholic University," but its catchier title did not give it widespread acceptance. Ever since it was signed July 23, 1967, the text has been both revered and criticized.

U.S. Supreme Court says travel ban exemption can include grandparents

Refugees from six majority-Muslim countries may be banned from entering the U.S. unless those refugees had "bona fide" relationships. President Trump also set a 50,000 refugee cap for 2017, down from 110,000.

Dewane: Budget ‘moral document’; House bill puts poor in ‘real jeopardy’

The U.S. House budget resolution "will place millions of poor and vulnerable people in real jeopardy" because it reduces deficits "through cuts for human needs" and by trying to slash taxes at the same time, said Bishop Frank J. Dewane.

U.S. bishops call for permanent protection for young migrants

UPDATED - The chair of the migration committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the Trump administration to "ensure permanent protection" for youth who were brought to the U.S. as minors without legal documentation.

Migrant advocates show support for border bishop’s call for solidarity

Migrant advocates from around the U.S. got behind a July 18 pastoral letter issued by the bishop of the Diocese of El Paso calling for a stop to militarization along the border with Mexico and showing compassion for migrants.