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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Campus ministry at Towson University among those planning parties to mark Cardinal Newman’s canonization

The Catholic campus ministry at Towson University will celebrate the canonization with an Oct. 13 community festival outside the grounds of its Newman Center, 7909 York Road, Towson, MD 21204. The festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., is free and open to everyone. It will feature music, food, games and more.
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Supreme Court agrees to take up Louisiana abortion case this term

The Supreme Court announced Oct. 4, just three days before it begins its new term, that it will add an abortion case to its docket.
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Renowned journalist Cokie Roberts, lifelong Catholic, dies at age 75

Cokie Roberts, a broadcast journalist and political commentator who spoke publicly about her Catholic faith and her admiration for the Sacred Heart sisters who taught her, died Sept. 17 due to complications from breast cancer.
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Court allows Trump administration to bar asylum-seekers for now

The Supreme Court issued an unsigned order late Sept. 11 that will temporarily allow the Trump administration to enforce its new rule preventing many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal battle over this issue continues to work its way through the courts.
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