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Nearly 40 U.S. dioceses sign up to participate in #GivingTuesday Dec. 3

Thirty-nine U.S. archdioceses and dioceses plan to participate in this year's #iGiveCatholic online giving day Dec. 3 to raise funds for 3,600 Catholic organizations.
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Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

Religion "helps promote moral discipline within society" and "helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good," U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
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Results released from independent investigation of Diocese of Bridgeport

The report found that Bishop Lori took “immediate and strong steps,” removing abusive priests, instituting organizational procedures for preventing and responding to abuse and beginning “meaningful outreach efforts to survivors for the first time in the diocese’s history.”
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Bishops urged to pass ‘effective’ policies on accountability, transparency

When the bishops gather in Baltimore starting June 11, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City, Missouri, said he's "hopeful we will have some progress made in moving the football" on the church's response to the abuse crisis by approving several proposals to hold the bishops accountable.
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Abuse audit report released; bishops urged to renew vigilance ‘each day’

The 16th annual report on diocesan compliance with the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" shows a significant increase in the number of abuse allegations over last year's report because of additional claims received in five New York dioceses after implementation of their Independent Reconciliation and Compensation programs in the...
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Washington’s archbishop plans to get ‘out in field’ to meet people, listen

The "first and most important thing" is "getting out in the field and meeting the people," Archbishop Gregory told Catholic News Service in a May 17 interview.
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Measure to protect babies who survive abortion fails in Senate 53-44

The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, to require that babies born alive after an abortion be given medical attention and "the same protection of law as any newborn."
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Archbishop Naumann urges Senate to OK bill to protect babies who survive abortion

It is "unconscionable" that the U.S. Senate failed to "unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
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Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect ‘vulnerable’ groups

President Donald Trump and Congress "must come together" to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and "recognizes the economic struggle" now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops.
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Marchers urged to stand strong, fight for life with ‘compassion, hope’

Those who stand up for the dignity of life in all its stages and want to see this respect for all life enshrined once again in U.S. law have a friend in the Pence family and the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence told the March for Life crowd
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Abuse report’s claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called ‘misleading’

The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state's Catholic dioceses acted "in virtual lockstep" to cover up abuse allegations and dismiss alleged victims over a 70-year period starting in 1947 is "inaccurate," "unfair" and "misleading," said a veteran journalist in an in-depth article for Commonweal magazine.
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U.S. bishops, others mourn death of Guatemalan girl near border

Three U.S. Catholic bishops Dec. 18 joined their voices in mourning the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl shortly after she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father and they turned themselves in to U.S. Customs and Border Protection seeking asylum.
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