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‘9 Days for Life’ campaign urges prayer, action to build culture of life

"We're praying for a lot of things this month, including racial harmony, Christian unity and the protection of all human life," Cardinal Dolan said in a Jan. 19 statement inviting Catholics and others to take part in "9 Days for Life."

Faith groups urge Trump to embrace duty to protect environment

Catholic groups were among dozens mobilizing to prevent any rollback of laws and international agreements protecting the environment in response to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises to undo directives that he believes hinder business development.

Speakers: Aim for truth with love to help those with same-sex attraction

Sponsored by the Diocese of Phoenix and Courage International, more than 200 clergy, religious and laypeople heard practical and pastoral advice on sharing the Catholic Church's teaching to men and women with same-sex attraction at the three-day conference.

Orange diocesan priest to take USCCB ecumenical-interreligious post

Father Alfred Baca, a priest of the Diocese of Orange, California, has been named the new executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Theologian: Christian unity possible but not a ‘call to ignore realities’

Disagreements among Christians have existed from the beginning, but there is a way to live in unity until disagreements can be resolved, said Michael Root, a member of the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue.

U.S. abortion rate at its lowest since 1973 Supreme Court ruling

The percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion is down to 18.8 percent, a decline of nearly two-fifths below is 1983 peak of 30.3 percent.

Church leaders say Kentucky’s new pro-life laws protect unborn and women

Louisville church leaders welcomed two state laws that place tighter restrictions on abortions, hailing the measures as lifesavers that will help parents and their children.

On eve of Trump inauguration, Catholic communities will pray for immigrants

The Ignatian Solidarity Network said in a news release that it asked its partner universities, high schools and parishes to organize events "recognizing the experiences of marginalization that immigrant members of communities throughout the country are experiencing."

Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

"Important gains brought about by the Affordable Care Act must be preserved," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida. At the same time, he said, any replacement measure also must safeguard human life from conception to natural death, protect conscience rights and provide adequate health care for immigrants, the poor and others on society's margins.

After Baltimore fire claims six lives, archdiocese grieves and gives

Katie and William Malone lost six of their nine children in the Jan. 12 fire. Katie is a member of the Class of 1994 at the Institute of Notre Dame, a Catholic all-girls high school in Baltimore.