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Archbishop calls ‘unrealistic’ limits on public worship ‘willful discrimination’

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said that city's COVID restrictions put Catholics "at the end of the line," as hundreds of faithful demonstrated Sept. 20 to "Free the Mass."

Two Catholic women judges top short list as possible Supreme Court nominees

Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa, both of whom have publicly spoken about the importance of their faith, are among the potential replacements for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18.

House passage of Pregnant Workers Fairness Act called ‘huge win for women’

The Sept. 17 vote advances a bill that ensures expectant employees have reasonable accommodation, opportunities and protection from on-the-job retaliation.

Global biotech company ends use of aborted fetal cell lines for vaccines

Sanofi Pasteur will now use animals cell lines to produce its polio vaccines, a move applauded by the U.S. bishops as researchers fast-track COVID immunization.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is remembered as ‘jurist of historic stature’

The second woman named to the U.S. Supreme Court, who died Sept. 18 at 87, was "a tireless and resolute champion of justice," said Chief Justice John Roberts.

Religious voters’ support for 2020 nominees mirrors past elections

A Pew poll shows support for Trump and Biden consistent with earlier patterns. Abortion trailed the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign policy, immigration and climate change as top election issues.

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Bevard of Virgin Islands

Bishop Herbert Bevard, 74, previously a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, reportedly fell ill several weeks ago and sought treatment in North Carolina.

Bishop Malesic points to the cross during Cleveland installation

"The cross is more than a decoration" said Bishop Edward Malesic. "In the cross, Jesus teaches us how to face our challenges with courage and hope. And, boy, do we have challenges these days."

Bishop Burbidge calls effective communication ‘integral’ to church

At a time when people are yearning for a message of hope, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington wants the church to use and support all media to proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Vandalism at El Paso cathedral destroys statue of Jesus

The attack in the Texas border city Sept. 15 destroyed a 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A day earlier, a similar act took place in Utah.