June 26, 2017

Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under Senate bill ‘simply unacceptable’

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.
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My journey from Platform 9¾: How I first encountered Harry Potter

As a young newspaper reporter in Southcentral Pennsylvania back in July 1999, I was assigned to go to a bookstore on a Friday night for a book release party. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was coming out, and dozens of children were expected to attend—in costume and full of excitement. I had heard...
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Supreme Court will hear travel ban, allow some limits on immigration

The U.S. Catholic bishops have opposed the ban and its revision, particularly because of the provision that suspends entry of all refugees for at least four months.
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Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.
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Father Kevin Ewing ordained to priesthood in joyful ceremony

Father Ewing exhibited a demeanor of peace and joy as he processed down the center aisle of the cathedral toward what promises to be his greatest adventure, a lifetime as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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Tempered by faith, St. John’s Catholic Prep grad pursues greatness

“My favorite classes,” said Michael Wohlfarth, salutatorian at St. John’s Catholic Prep, “were the ones that gave me a taste of what I might want to do with my life.”
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The Least of These: Welcoming the stranger

Fleeing El Salvador and a threat to her life, a young woman found refuge and new life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She is among the many immigrants welcomed by the Catholic Church.
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Pope: True Christians are guided by God, not horoscopes, crystal balls

The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said.
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Love over hate

Evangelization doesn’t simply mean getting someone to join our faith or our church. Evangelization is helping people to have such a relationship with Jesus that love becomes the heart of our lives.
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