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Release of Guantanamo detainees appears to be on upswing

The recent releases of several men from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is seen as a sign that other transfers are in the works by advocates for the more than 140 men still being held.

Addressing Ferguson verdict, bishop urges new push to end racism

The smashed windows, lootings, car and building fires when the grand jury's decision was announced were "part of a cycle of violence that is going to continue spiraling," said Bishop John H. Ricard, president of the National Black Catholic Congress.

Education, parish programs aim to address issues of justice, race

St. Frances Cabrini Academy students are from all economic levels, ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions. Because of support from throughout the community, the school in south St. Louis is able to enroll students whose families need help to meet tuition costs.

U.S.-Mexico border Mass marked by painful reunion through the fence

The 18-car Union Pacific train blew its horn about 50 feet from the U.S.-Mexico divide. There, in a dusty one-acre lot, an American road ends -- literally. And it was where 12-year-old Yoryet Lara hoped to get a glimpse of her mother.

Immigration changes will take months, at least, to take effect

It will be several months, at least, before anyone can apply to take advantage of immigration policy changes announced by President Barack Obama Nov. 20.

Obama immigration plan largely welcomed; critics challenge its legality

President Barack Obama's package of actions affecting millions of people without legal immigration status received support from Catholic organizations, labor unions and immigration advocates even as critics contended that the steps he announced violated the Constitution.

Heavy snow moves Buffalo bishop to make Mass optional

Catholics in communities of western New York socked by up to seven feet of snow will not have to attend Mass the weekend of Nov. 22-23. Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo granted dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation.

Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

In a new plan announced last night, the president called for reprioritizing who the government will target for deportation. About 40 percent of the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. could be temporarily protected from deportation to their home countries.

St. Louis Catholic schools prepare for Ferguson grand jury verdict

While the timing of the grand jury decision involving the Michael Brown shooting remained uncertain, Catholic schools in the Ferguson area were already prepared in case the ruling comes down with classes in session.

Mixing faith, social time a needed respite for Ferguson community

Earlier this year, Jeanne Baer, a pastoral associate at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and members of the Ferguson parish's Engaged Church Committee had been brainstorming ideas to help engage the Catholic community beyond church walls. And then Ferguson happened.