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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Kenyan bishops urge calm as opposition rejects early results 

Catholic bishops in Kenya called for calm in the East Africa nation, as pockets of violent post-election protests left at least five dead in opposition strongholds. 
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Chaplain offers Mass aboard ship for Marines killed in crash of Osprey

Just hours after a Marine aircraft crashed off the east coast of Australia, killing three Marines, a U.S. Catholic chaplain serving on the USS Bonhomme Richard offered a Mass and prayers Aug. 6 for the victims, the survivors and their families.
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Example of founder of Knights ‘etched in our hearts,’ says Archbishop Lori

ST. LOUIS — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori paid tribute Aug. 3 to deceased members of the Knights of Columbus for their lives and example of charity and also recalled the founder of the fraternal order, Father Michael J. McGivney, for his life of devotion and service. The archbishop was the main celebrant and homilist...
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Pezullo, who oversaw CRS’ move to Baltimore, dies at 91

Coming to CRS after a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Pezzullo is credited with taking the agency "to a new level of professionalism and impact"
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USCCB president urges Trump to quickly act to ease contraceptive mandate

Religious charities, schools and pro-life advocacy organizations could face millions of dollars in fines from the federal government for not complying with the mandate.
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House passes anti-trafficking bill; measure goes to Senate

The House passed a bill July 12 that puts more than $500 million over the next four years into efforts to fight labor and sex trafficking both in the United States and abroad.
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