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  • Which state pro-life laws could arrive at the Supreme Court

    Washington D.C. (CNA) -- Earlier this week, the state of Alabama passed legislation to make abortion a felony. The measure is the nation's strongest prohibition on abortion. It directly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is intended as a challenge to the Supreme Court case that established a nationwide "right to abortion" in 1973.

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  • 'Abortion saves lives'? Catholic doctor responds to NYT op-ed

    New York City, N.Y., May 22, 2019 CNA.- Following an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that all pregnancies are life-threatening, a Catholic doctor emphasized that pregnancy is a natural and healthy condition, and that complications which may arise can be treated without abortion.

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  • Burns: 'Sensational' raid on Dallas chancery was 'traumatic' and unnecessary

    Dallas, Texas, May 21, 2019 CNA.- The Bishop of Dallas says that a May 15 police raid on diocesan offices was sensationalism, traumatic, and a waste of resources. “This event was most traumatic for those who were present in the building at the time, as some of the approximate 40 law enforcement agents approached employees in ski masks and SWAT gear,” Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said in a statement.

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  • Analysis: Which state pro-life laws could arrive at the Supreme Court

    Washington D.C., May 16, 2019 CNA.- Earlier this week, the state of Alabama passed legislation to make abortion a felony. The measure is the nation’s strongest prohibition on abortion. It directly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is intended as a challenge to the Supreme Court case that established a nationwide “right to abortion” in 1973.

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  • Virginia woman makes whimsical wigs for children experiencing hair loss

    VIENNA, Va. (CNS) -- When her friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Holly Christensen, an Alaskan mother and oncology nurse, decided to make the little girl something pretty to wear. She created a Rapunzel-style wig made of soft yellow yarn with flowers strewn throughout the long braid. The gift was a hit.

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  • Regarding Pope Francis's Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following Q and A May 9 -- Editor. Q. What does the new Motu Proprio do? A. The new Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi is a significant move forward for the universal Church, one that echoes many of the practices established in the U.S. Bishops' Essential Norms and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that have been in force in the United States since 2002. For example, it affirms the existing:

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  • Police search Dallas diocesan sites for files on alleged abusers

    DALLAS (CNS) -- Dallas police executed search warrants at three sites in the Diocese of Dallas May 15, saying the process was an extension of their ongoing investigation of sexual abuse allegations into five current or former priests, including one accused of sexually abusing at least three minors and who is believed to have fled the country to his native Philippines.

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  • Rhode Island pro-lifers hail abortion bill's defeat in Senate committee

    PROVIDENCE (CNS) -- A bill that pro-life legal analysts said would have turned Rhode Island into an "abortion haven" failed to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee May 14. Hundreds of pro-life activists who gathered at the Statehouse erupted into cheers as news spread that the committee voted 5-4 against the Senate version of the bill that supporters claimed would have enshrined Roe v. Wade -- the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide -- into state law.

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  • Alabama Senate outlaws abortion, setting up Supreme Court Roe v. Wade challenge

    Montgomery, Ala., May 14, 2019 CNA.- The Alabama Senate approved a bill Thursday that will outlaw nearly all abortion in the state. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, is intended to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional state measures prohibiting abortion.

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  • Alaska thrift shop raises $1 million for a Catholic school

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNS) -- Of all the designer clothes, quirky conversation pieces and valuable antiques that have rotated through the thrift shop, Archangel Attic, maybe the greatest treasure to come from this modest Anchorage shop is the $1 million it has made for Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage.

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  • Faith leaders call for an end to solitary confinement

    Albany, N.Y., May 8, 2019 CNA.- New York’s faith leaders gathered in protest of solitary confinement this week, pushing for a bill that seeks more humane ways to treat prisoners. “We believe solitary confinement is a form of torture, and it has been vastly overused historically in New York State. Even with some recent reforms, not enough has been done,” Dennis Poust, communications director for the New York State Catholic Conference, told CNA.

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  • In Washington meeting, U.S. bishops dialogue with abuse victims

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During the last days of April, a section of the student hub on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington displayed a gallery of tales of pain but also of recovery and healing featuring Catholics from around the country who had experienced sex abuse by clergy. They were men and women, younger and older, of various ethnicities -- profiles of Catholics who had survived torment by trusted members of the church but who also were helped to recover by Catholic communities of faith.

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  • Film on Austrian priest killed by Nazis gets Iowa world premiere

    DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- The film "Otto Neururer: Hope through Darkness," based on the life of the first Austrian priest killed in a Nazi concentration camp, had its world premiere recently in Iowa. The film, which recounts the true story of Blessed Neururer, was screened April 24-26 at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Dubuque. Austrian filmmaker Hermann Weiskopf, who produced and directed the work with German co-producer Ottfried Fischer, was on hand for the first screenings.

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  • New Orleans priest founded first Catholic AIDS hospice

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- In 1985, when the HIV-AIDS tsunami was crashing ashore in every American city, Father Paul Desrosiers was burying one more person at Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans. Burying the dead during an epidemic is about as tough as it gets among the corporal works of mercy, but Father Desrosiers had another, perhaps even more difficult, challenge: counseling surviving family members in their grief, some of whom were angry, confused, unreachable and intransigent.

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  • A bishop testifies on immigration as president seeks to change asylum

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a memo released late on April 29, President Donald Trump ordered changes for how refugees may apply for asylum to the U.S., requesting an application fee from asylum-seekers and denying them permission to work depending on how the applicant entered the country. Though the changes are not immediate, he gave administration officials 90 days to work on new regulations.

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  • Catholic Sri Lankans in New York continue mourning Easter deaths

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- The anguished phone calls started arriving shortly after 1 a.m. on Easter Sunday morning. Sri Lankan immigrants on Staten Island and Long Island spent the rest of the day anxiously waiting for news of family and friends after terrorists linked to the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for bombing three churches and three luxury hotels.

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  • No 'Hesburgh' picture without 'Catholics vs. Convicts,' filmmaker says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Patrick Creadon, who made the new documentary "Hesburgh" about Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, said that film wouldn't have been possible had it not been for a feature he made three years earlier for ESPN, "Catholics vs. Convicts."

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  • National Shrine hosts organ concert to benefit Notre Dame Cathedral

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 2,000 people attended an April 26 organ concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington to benefit restoration and rebuilding efforts of Notre Dame de Paris, the famous French cathedral severely damaged in the April 15 fire.

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  • Self-evident truths now require 'air quotes' senator warns

    Washington D.C., Apr 27, 2019 CNA.- The founding principles of American politics are at risk, Utah’s Senator Mike Lee told CNA April 26. “There's the problem of people's reluctance these days to recognize truth--when it's not accompanied by air quotes,” the senator told CNA.

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  • Hackers infiltrate Ohio parish's email system, steal $1.75 million

    CLEVELAND (CNS) -- A carefully orchestrated plan netted email hackers $1.75 million from a Diocese of Cleveland parish. Father Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in suburban Brunswick, told parishioners in an April 27 letter distributed at weekend Masses that the theft was discovered April 17 when a construction company working on church renovations inquired why it had not received the two most recent monthly payments for the project.

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