Supreme Court divided about religious schools in scholarship program

During oral arguments Jan. 22 about the constitutionality of excluding religious schools from a scholarship aid program, a divided Supreme Court seemed like it might lean toward finding a way to allow religious schools to participate.
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President Trump issues new guidance on prayer in public schools

President Donald Trump announced his administration's new guidance on prayer in public schools during a Jan. 16 event in the Oval Office on National Religious Freedom Day.
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Supreme Court to hear cases of fired Catholic school religion teachers

The Supreme Court will take a deeper dive into laws governing church and state next year when it examines two Catholic school teacher firings.
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In health scare, Jeannie Gaffigan relied on combined dose of faith, humor

The book recounts the unexpected discovery of a pear-sized tumor in Gaffigan's brain in 2017, her three-day journey from learning about its existence (almost by accident) to surgery and a complicated recovery where she was unable to eat or even drink water for six months.
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Catholic leaders thank Rodney Reed supporters, pray for justice

Five days before the scheduled execution of death-row inmate Rodney Reed -- who gained attention of Catholic leaders and celebrities alike -- the top criminal appeals court in Texas granted an indefinite stay of his execution and said they were sending his case back to trial court for further review.
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Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron speaks during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore Nov. 11, 2019.

Bishop Barron urges bishops to help bring people back to the church

Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles said Catholic leaders need to make it a priority to bring back young people who have left the church.
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U.S. bishops examine challenges faced by church, society

During their Nov. 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops elected new officers and discussed challenges in the church and the nation. They spoke of their renewed efforts to help immigrants, youth and young adults, pregnant women and the poor as well their steps to combat gun violence and racism.
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In final presidential address, Cardinal DiNardo urges new beginning

In his final address as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told his fellow bishops that it has been "an honor to serve you, even in the difficult times."
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Firefighters battle a wind-driven wildfire Oct. 25, 2019, in Canyon Country near Los Angeles.

Getty Fire impacts Catholic university, schools, retired sisters

The Getty Fire that began whipping through mountain communities west of Los Angeles during the early hours of Oct. 28 caused the closure of several local Catholic schools, the evacuation of students and staff at Mount St. Mary's University and a call for the retired sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet to shelter in place.
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In death penalty discussion, U.S. bishops emphasize human dignity, mercy

The Catholic Church's opposition to the death penalty stems from its view on the sacredness of human life and the value of mercy, said U.S. bishops in a roundtable discussion about capital punishment Oct. 10.
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Little Sisters of the Poor again seek Supreme Court’s help

The Little Sisters of the Poor filed a petition with the Supreme Court Oct. 1 asking the court to once again protect them from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
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