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Congress urged to take multi-prong approach to religious persecution

A U.S. bishop who recently visited with refugees in Iraq told a Senate subcommittee March 11 that a multi-pronged approach is needed to combat a wide range of humanitarian problems including religious persecution.

Brookings study finds higher abortion rates among affluent women

A recent study released by the Brookings Institution in Washington finds that single women whose income is 400 percent of the federal poverty line or higher are nearly four times as likely to opt for an abortion when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

After his two years as pope, ‘Francis effect’ has taken hold

Pope Francis provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according to a panel of U.S. Catholic leaders March 10. He is "reimagining how the church presents itself to the world," said one speaker.

Bishops urge people to pray for those who face religious persecution

Leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference invited people to pray for "those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere."

Investors convince PNC to stop financing mountaintop removal mining

Faith-based investors lauded PNC Financial Services' decision to no longer finance coal-mining firms' major mountaintop removal ventures in Appalachia.

Cardinal Egan’s ‘pearl of great price’ described as his faith in Jesus

At his funeral Mass March 10 in New York's splendid St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Edward M. Egan was remembered as a churchman whose faith in Jesus Christ outshone even his considerable temporal qualities.

Catholic officials denounce video, actions of alum of Dallas school

Dallas Catholic officials quickly denounced the now infamous viral video that captured University of Oklahoma fraternity members in a racist chant, saying that the action of a recent Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduate seen in the video was "vile and repulsive."

Templeton winner hopes L’Arche communities ‘may become sign of peace’

Jean Vanier, a Catholic author and theologian who founded L'Arche, an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize.

Vanier cites St. Therese of Lisieux, Gandhi as spiritual role models

In 1964, when Jean Vanier quietly began what would become an international network, he had "no idea that this would be a revolutionary reality ... that it would grow," he remarked joyfully.

Measures aim to protect religious liberty of child welfare providers

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, have introduced companion bills titled the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015.