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Court’s action leaves Texas abortion law in place

A federal appeals court Jan. 17 allowed the Texas law, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, to remain in effect. The court said it was being consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to let the law stand during appeals.

Texas Catholic church aids community during synagogue’s crisis

As the tense hours of a Jan. 15 hostage standoff unfolded at Congregation Beth Israel in the suburban Dallas-Fort Worth area, so too did a manifestation of faith and community at nearby Good Shepherd Church.

Imitate Rev. King’s ‘prophetic witness’ for justice, archbishop says

Archbishop Jose Gomez, head of the U.S. bishops, urged all people to remember the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17 by recalling "not only the justice he pursued, but how he pursued it."

Two Catholic universities sued over financial aid practices

The University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University are among 16 schools sued for how they calculate financial need, potentially favoring the children of wealthy donors.

What’s in a name: Catholic farmers weigh in on ‘bioengineered’ label

While the label and logo have changed on food packaging Jan. 1, farmers know what's inside that makes a product organic or including genetically modified organisms.

Catholics invited to pray in ‘9 Days for Life’ Jan. 19-27

The 10th annual novena, sponsored by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, offers simple prayers and reflections on its "overarching intention" for "the end to abortion."

Court blocks vaccine mandate for businesses

The Supreme Court Jan. 13 denied a requirement that employees at large businesses show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or wear masks. The court also approved a vaccine mandate for health care workers.

N.J. bishops decry expansive new abortion law

In only five days and near the end of the legislative term, the New Jersey state assembly passed a bill, later signed by Gov. Murphy, that would nullify abortion restrictions if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Emphasis grows on ‘safe havens’ for abandoned newborns

Floridian Nick Silverio's 20 years of community organizing, resulting in some 300 newborn babies saved from abandonment, is gaining attention amidst a high-profile case in New Mexico.

Trauma, alienation keys to synod prep, panelists say

Reaching out to Catholics who have grown estranged from the church and being in touch with one's own trauma can help dispel cynicism and mistrust of the synod.