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Catholic college leaders reach out to DACA students in uncertain times

Catholic college leaders have heightened their resolve to do more for DACA students and have expressed cautious belief that federal legislation to give these students more permanent help could be at hand.

Cardinal says Irma collection can help meet material, pastoral needs

"While emergency outreach was immediate, we know that the road to recovery and the rebuilding of communities will be long and additional support will be needed," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston in a statement issued late Sept. 14.

Fallen Houston police sergeant ‘lived’ beatitudes, Texas cardinal says

Sgt. Steve A. Perez died after driving into high water during Hurricane Harvey. The 35-year veteran officer was trying to find his way to work as Harvey's record rainfall flooded hundreds of streets in the fourth largest city in the nation.

Church facilities in Miami Archdiocese spared major damage during Irma

Even the initial reports from the hardest hit portion of the archdiocese -- the lower Keys, where the Category 4 storm made landfall Sept. 10 -- were cautiously optimistic.

Priest in constant recovery mode for parishioners who ‘lost everything’

Three weeks after Hurricane Harvey ripped through the Texas Gulf, where it first made landfall and flattened or tore apart homes and businesses in its path, residents were still picking up the pieces, literally, while dealing with no running water or electricity and limited cellphone service.

Wuerl: Pope sees ‘journeying together’ as essential to life of church

The process of "journeying together" reflects not only the pontiff's pastoral approach, but also offers a template for how priests and laypeople can accompany others to help them understand and live the faith, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said.

Helping, not fame from chainsaw video, brings true joy, says Carmelite

Inspired by Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin's example of contributing to the cleanup, families from Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, where she is the principal, have shown up to help clean around the perimeter.

Caravan of Louisiana parishioners takes supplies, hope to Harvey victims

The caravan left St. Catherine of Siena in Metairie, Louisiana, at 4:30 a.m., and the bus of volunteers arrived back home at midnight. In Beaumont, the first stop, volunteers first unloaded 18-wheelers already on site before unloading three of their own.

Discussion focuses on civility, tolerance as key to religious freedom

Religious freedom requires tolerance of differing viewpoints -- including the voices of nonreligious people -- in addition to the free practice of faith to assure civility in American society, speakers said during a Brookings Institution program.

Logistical problems slow outreach, facilities assessment in Florida Keys

The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys was not yet fully open, making it impossible for to get a firsthand look at the devastation to Middle and Lower Keys.