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At border Mass, bishops call for immigration reform, mourn loss of life

NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) -- With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.

High court declines to give groups’ HHS appeals preliminary review

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's March 31 decision not to consider preliminary appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic groups against the federal contraceptive mandate "means that the cases will proceed, without prejudice, in the lower federal court," according to Priests for Life.

Jeremiah Denton, Navy officer who survived torture as Vietnam POW, dies

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (CNS) -- Retired Rear Adm. Jeremiah Denton, who as a young Navy flight captain was captured in 1965 during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than seven-and-a-half years, died March 28. He was 89.

Two church leaders urge Senate to pass Smarter Sentencing Act

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders.

Despite broad support, W.Va. governor surprises with veto of abortion bill

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) -- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said he was surprised at West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited nonmedical crisis abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization.

Mudslide takes couple’s home, but they worry more about others’ losses

ARLINGTON, Wash. (CNS) -- On a sunny Saturday morning, Ron and Gail Thompson headed off to Costco for a shopping trip with Gail's elderly mother. It was the last time they would see their home along the Stillaguamish River.

Ruling on Texas abortion restrictions called ‘great victory’ for life

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- Texas Right to Life said the March 27 decision by a federal appeals court upholding Texas abortion restrictions has given the state another "historic pro-life victory."

Meetings of U.S. presidents and popes: long, but not ancient, tradition

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although some details have emerged of the conversation between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama March 27, the public may never know all that was said in that 50-minute get-together behind closed doors at the Vatican.

Box Obama gave pope points to history of U.S. Catholicism, says priest

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The use of wood from Baltimore's basilica to construct a "seed chest" President Barack Obama gave to Pope Francis March 27 points to the history of American Catholicism and Baltimore's role in it, said the rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Priest’s study of universe’s origins still guides modern-day cosmology

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The work of researchers who reported detecting the signal left behind by the rapid expansion of space billions of years ago is rooted in the efforts of a Belgian priest whose mathematical computations in the 1920s laid the groundwork for the Big Bang theory.