Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

The U.S. government will consider in early November whether to extend for some inmigrants what's known as Temporary Protected Status or TPS.
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Catholic group will accept Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join

The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls.
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Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires

The Diocese of Santa Rosa “has been hit hard” and “is in an ongoing state of uncertainty” because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa.
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Survey shows most Americans support celebrating Columbus Day

A new survey shows that, for Americans, celebrating Columbus Day is "a good idea."
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USCCB president, pope call for prayers after ‘unspeakable terror’

The nation has experienced "yet another night filled with unspeakable terror" and "we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.
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Catholic Charities USA, Knights among agencies sending aid to Puerto Rico

Catholic Charities USA has sent $1 million in emergency aid to Caritas Puerto Rico, the Catholic Charities agency on the island, and the Knights of Columbus is including Puerto Rico in its expanded emergency relief outreach to areas hit hard by recent natural disasters.
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‘Be Not Afraid’ is theme for Respect Life Sunday and 2017-18 program

Respect Life Month is observed every October by the church in the United States, beginning with Respect Life Sunday, which takes place this year Oct. 1. These events kick off the 2017-18 Respect Life Program.
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Blessed Rother ‘an authentic light’ for church and world, says cardinal

The martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness but also gives us joy to see the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.
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London cardinal calls Tube incident ‘another cowardly attack’

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster described the attempted bombing of a rush hour Tube train in London as "yet another cowardly attack" and said he was praying for the 22 people being treated for burns and other injuries.
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African-American couple demands apology from priest for past KKK actions

A Catholic priest in the Arlington Diocese who wrote a column asking forgiveness for the time he spent as a member of the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago when he was "an impressionable young man" has never paid court-ordered restitution for cross-burning and other racist actions he pleaded guilty of doing at that time.
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Bishops form new body to address ‘sin of racism’ that ‘afflicts’ nation

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, initiated the committee Aug. 23 "to focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions."
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