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Teen dedicates Scout project to unborn children, including four siblings

The Tomb of the Unborn Child is a memorial for miscarried and stillborn children located at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond.

Trajectory of hateful rhetoric led to Holocaust, say speakers

Hate speech must be stopped "in its tracks," Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in remarks during an interfaith dialogue at Loyola Academy in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette.

Archbishop Lori: Bishops must focus on poor, not seek personal gain

Archbishop Lori, who was appointed earlier this year to investigate allegations of sexual and financial improprieties made against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, said Pope Francis "warns us against using our ministry for financial gain or personal comfort."

Duluth bishop dies after heart attack; he was ‘greatly loved’ by all

UPDATED - Bishop Paul D. Sirba of Duluth, Minnesota, died at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth Dec. 1. He was 59.

Most Americans support life in prison over death penalty, says new poll

Most Americans support life imprisonment over the death penalty, according to a Gallup poll released Nov. 24, 2019, revealing a shift in the majority opinion on this issue for the first time in 34 years.

50 years since White House conference on food, hunger issues remain

Fifty years after a White House conference on food, nutrition and health, policy advocates say the overall lack of access to healthy food and good nutrition remains a major issue today in the United States.

Extension honors Louisiana man for bringing ‘light, faith’ to community

Father Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, presented the Chicago-based mission organization's 2019-2020 Lumen Christi Award to Shreveport native Mack McCarter Nov. 21.

Nicaraguans in U.S. call on world to open eyes to country’s plight

Opposition against President Ortega has been rising since April 2018, when their government announced an austerity plan to reduce pensions as a cost-cutting measure while increasing employee contributions to the social security system.

West Virginia bishop asks predecessor to repay $792,000 to diocese

Bishop Brennan outlined a series of other actions he has proposed that retired Bishop Michael J. Bransfield take including issuing apologies to the people he is alleged to have sexually abused, to the faithful of the diocese and to diocesan employees.

Bound by shared grief, staff assists families at natural burial ground

Honey Creek Woodlands is a burial ground for those who desire a simple burial in a wooden box or a shroud. Graves are marked with discreet sandstone markers. The land is owned by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, a community of more than 40 Trappist monks.