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Prayers offered for victims of Ukraine war, calls for peace renewed

Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia joined Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory of Washington Sept. 21 for an ecumenical prayer service to remember those killed in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and to heal the war-ravaged nation.

San Juan archbishop struggles with slow communications following Fiona

The hurricane hit Puerto Rico Sept. 18, knocking out power to the island and leaving millions without "electricity or internet or water," said Archbishop Roberto González Nieves.

Bishops speak against transport of migrants; it ‘offends God,’ says one

Sending migrants to out-of-state cities, as two governors have so far done, "destroys society and shows how low individuals can (stoop) for personal gains," said San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller.

Study: Christianity may lose majority, plurality status in U.S. by 2070

If current trends continue, more and more Americans will forego any kind of religious affiliation due to "a wide range of reasons," reports Pew Research Center.

House and Senate leaders announce federal abortion bill bans

Congressional leaders announced proposed legislation Sept. 13 to place a federal ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Diocese of Phoenix creates Office of Mental Health Ministry

Amid rising numbers of suicides, the diocese is the latest in the U.S. to focus efforts on providing education, accompaniment and advocacy for those suffering from mental illness.

Michigan Supreme Court says voters should decide abortion law

Michigan's Catholic bishops and pro-life advocates are urging voters to vote "no" on the "Reproductive Freedom for All" amendment slated for the November ballot.

History can foster understanding of present racial unrest, scholars say

A detailed knowledge of slavery in the U.S. makes it possible to envision healing and equality, say scholars.

Indiana court sides with archdiocese over teacher firing

The ruling sided with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in supporting Cathedral High School's 2019 decision to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, on the grounds of religious freedom rights.

Bishops urge listening to the call of the earth during Season of Creation

The Sept. 1-Oct. 4 observance is a time to reflect on the beauty of the natural world, and Christian responsibility to steward it justly, said Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and Bishop David J. Malloy.