Toni Morrison, author baptized Catholic as child, dies at age 88

She originally named Chloe Ardelia Wofford. Her first name change is directly linked to when she became Catholic at age 12 and chose the name Anthony, after St. Anthony of Padua as her confirmation name.
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Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

The Justice Department's reinstatement of the federal death penalty was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment. 
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Catholics put focus on immigrant children with rally, civil disobedience 

Many of the speakers were women religious who stressed the need to end the current practice of placing children in detention centers at the border.
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Justice Stevens changed death penalty views during three decades on court

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the court for nearly 35 years, died July 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 99 after suffering complications from a stroke the previous day.
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Supreme Court stops citizenship question in census, for now

The Supreme Court, for now, blocked the Trump administration's added citizenship question to the 2020 census, sending the case back to a lower court.
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Historic cross on public property can stay, Supreme Court rules

In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland saying the cross did not endorse religion.
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Bishops’ actions at spring meeting called a ‘work in progress’

The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
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Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.
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Catholic Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

Although the U.S. bishops' spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or "nones," particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.
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Bishops may revise U.S. catechism to update capital punishment stance

During their June 11-13 meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops are looking at what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty and they will vote about adding a revised passage to the U.S. Catechism for Adults about this.
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Supreme Court allows fetal burials, rejects abortion limits in Indiana

The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two different aspects of Indiana abortion laws May 28.
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College graduates urged, implored to change the world

College graduations often include an encouraging push by commencement speakers for graduates to go out and make a difference in the world. This year's ceremonies at Catholic colleges and universities around the country were no different, but there may have been a little more urgency in the advice.
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