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No more Sunday games for Detroit Catholic sports teams

To encourage Catholics in the Detroit Archdiocese to keep Sunday as a day of holiness, Archbishop Allen Vigneron is requiring Catholic parishes and schools to stop scheduling athletics on Sundays.

Immigration advocates express concerns about Trump immigration plan

Catholic immigration advocates raised concerns about a proposal from President Donald Trump that would reshape U.S. immigration policy to incorporate a "merit-based" system that prioritizes high-skilled workers over those with family already in the country.

Gomez: ‘Every abuse case one too many,’ but confession bill no solution

Saying that "confession is sacred to every priest and every Catholic," Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez is calling on Catholics to tell their state senators to vote "no" on a bill that "would order priests to disclose information they might hear in confession concerning the sexual abuse of minors."

Rhode Island pro-lifers hail abortion bill’s defeat in Senate committee

Hundreds of activists who gathered at the Statehouse erupted into cheers as news spread that the committee voted 5-4 against the measure, which supporters said would have enshrined Roe v. Wade into state law.

Calif. bishops hope program gives survivors chance to heal, seek redress

The Los Angeles Archdiocese and five other California dioceses May 14 announced a new private compensation program that will be available to any person who has been sexually abused as a minor by diocesan priests.

California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to choose between violating the law or violating the seal of the confessional.

Shareholders push U.S. telecom firms to tackle online child sexual abuse

The effort involves a widening campaign designed to push leading U.S. telecoms to take strong action to block explicit images from their growing communication networks and information platforms.

Police conduct search at Dallas diocesan sites for files on alleged abusers

Dallas police, probing sexual abuse allegations into six current or former priests, raided diocesan offices, a records-storage site and a parish where one priest under investigation last resided.

Pro-life leaders applaud passage of bill to ban most abortions in Alabama

UPDATED - The state Senate passed the measure late May 14 in a 25-6 vote. It includes exceptions for when the life or health of the mother is seriously threatened and when the child has a fatal disease. It bans abortion in all other circumstances, including rape and incest.

Jesuit astronomer works to unravel the mysteries of galactic evolution

An astronomer on the Vatican Observatory staff, Father Richard D'Souza studies halos of stars that have fallen into one galaxy from another during collisions and mergers can provide clues to a galaxy's multibillion-year history.