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Founder of Project Rachel named recipient of 2020 Evangelium Vitae Medal

UPDATED - The University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture will award its 2020 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Vicki Thorn, founder of the post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel.

Acting DHS head shouted down by protesters at immigration conference

UPDATED - Kevin McAleenan was the keynote speaker but was shouted off the stage by protesters. The daylong conference brought together immigration and civil rights attorneys, policy experts, immigration reporters and activists.

Impeachment? Add it to the list of reasons bills are sidetracked

Advocates for several Catholic organizations interviewed by Catholic News Service said the impeachment inquiry is but one of many factors making movement on bills as slow as molasses in January.

Canonization is chance for campus groups to ‘reclaim’ name

The upcoming canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman begs the question: Do Catholic college students today even know who Cardinal Newman is?

Church, government partner to help more inmates get college education

So-called "Second Chance" Pell Grants, an experimental program to fund college educations for inmates and in which two Catholic institutions have been participating, are getting an expanded boost toward permanence.

Catholics more motivated to donate if ethical investing is assured

The survey for Boston-based Catholic Investment Services found that about 87% of respondents would be more likely to donate to Catholic institutions if they knew the money would be invested in ways consistent with church teaching and values.

Fetal remains found in rural Illinois have been returned home to Indiana

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Oct. 3 he has overseen the return of the remains of 2,246 aborted fetuses back home to Indiana after they were discovered in September at the Illinois home of the late Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer.

Indiana bishops want decision to resume federal death penalty rescinded

In an Oct. 4 statement, the Catholic bishops of Indiana said the federal government's decision this past summer to end a 16-year moratorium on executing federal inmates is "regrettable, unnecessary and morally unjustified."

Supreme Court agrees to take up Louisiana abortion case this term

It is the first abortion case the court is taking up since Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joined the bench and also without the swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in 2018.

Court urged to hear Louisiana, Indiana abortion cases and overturn Roe

UPDATED - A group of national pro-life leaders gathered outside the Supreme Court Oct. 2 to release a petition with 250,000 signatures calling for the overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion virtually on demand nationwide.