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Archbishop Gomez unveils mobile app to help pregnant women in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has launched a digital app intended to offer resources, support and prayers for women and girls facing crisis pregnancies.

Two types of HHS mandate cases are at different points in legal process

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court is involved in two types of issues related to claims by employers who say they should not have to provide coverage of contraceptives in their workers' health insurance plans because this violates the employers' faith-based moral objections.

Cardinal says bill stops taxes from ‘subsidizing violence’ of abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act "will help save lives and will reduce abortions," U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said Jan. 28.

Homily should show how God’s word touches Catholics’ lives, says bishop

MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- For Bishop Richard J. Sklba, "Fire Starters" is a compilation of the study, prayer, reflection and pastoral creativity that have been part of his more than 54 years of priesthood.

Virginia bishops vow to defend voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Virginia Catholic bishops said they are disappointed that Attorney General Mark Herring will not defend Virginia's constitutional amendment defining marriage as "the union of one man and one woman" in upcoming lawsuits at federal district courts.

‘Positive feedback’ reported in bid to curb Super Bowl sex trafficking

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A lot of "positive feedback" has been reported from hotels expecting an influx of visitors for the Feb. 2 Super Bowl with regard to efforts to curb human trafficking -- primarily sex trafficking -- surrounding the event.

New Jersey Catholic high school leads fight against human trafficking

TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) -- With the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics approaching, those seeking to exploit others via human trafficking will have opportunities beyond the everyday. But others are using the events to raise awareness and combat the abuse of fellow human beings.

Annual day of prayer celebrates African-American, African families

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The 25th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family will be celebrated Feb. 2, the first Sunday of Black History Month.

Financial aid, peer support drawing veterans to Catholic universities

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) -- Catholic colleges and universities across the United States are attracting military veterans of recent wars with a combination of financial aid, individualized assistance and opportunities for peer support.

Brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas removed from life support

FORT WORTH, Texas (CNS) -- Following a Jan. 24 court order, a Fort Worth hospital two days later removed a 33-year-old brain-dead pregnant woman from life support.