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Catholic leaders thank Rodney Reed supporters, pray for justice

UPDATED - In the hours before Supreme Court justices met in conference Nov. 15 to decide if they would take up the case of Rodney Reed, a death-row inmate scheduled for execution Nov. 20, Reed supporters kept vigil on the court steps.

Vatican’s top investigator on abuse crisis addresses Notre Dame forum

U.S. Catholics "have to be prepared for another wave of traumatic narrative" regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said Nov. 13 at the University of Notre Dame.

Nearly 40 U.S. dioceses sign up to participate in #GivingTuesday Dec. 3

Thirty-nine U.S. archdioceses and dioceses plan to participate in this year's #iGiveCatholic online giving day Dec. 3 to raise funds for 3,600 Catholic organizations.

What influence does religion have on Americans’ lives?

A new Pew poll has revealed Americans' attitudes regarding religion in civil life. One finding: Catholics polled second highest among Christians in saying churches should keep out of political matters.

CLINIC director: Government violates law by not letting in asylum-seekers

The executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as CLINIC, told U.S. Catholic bishops Nov. 13 that the government is violating international and U.S. law when it denies asylum-seekers at the border entry into the U.S.

Wenski: Being pro-immigrant is ‘living’ Christ’s call to welcome stranger

At a University of Miami Forum on Religion and Public Life, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami affirmed the rights and dignity of migrants -- from Syrian refugees to Mexican asylees -- drawing upon his 18 years of advocacy for Miami's Haitian community.

Tone somber at prayer vigil for those facing execution in weeks ahead

Nearly 100 people gathered to pray for the federal death-row inmates and all those affected by their pending executions scheduled for December and January at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute.

Pastoral against racism is starting conversations, healing

The U.S. bishops' pastoral letter against racism is not sitting on a shelf. It is the basis for listening sessions in dioceses around the country and is an educational tool for individuals, schools and parishes.

Catholic Charities USA striving to ease chronic homelessness

An experimental program of the national agency's healthy housing initiative is collaborating with diocesan Catholic Charities, parishes, local funders and others to deliver broad services for homeless people.

Women parishioners use Bible program to help church rebuild

In the wake of the sex abuse crisis, women such as those at a Connecticut parish are helping to heal the church and deepen their relationship with Christ by becoming a Walking With Purpose parish.