Report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks in key areas

The U.S. scores in five of the eight categories examined were worse than they were in 2007, the first year Pew started researching the subject.
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Report details attacks on, abuses against religious freedom worldwide

The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom shows continued attacks and abuse by governments and societies against religious minorities.
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Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a measure that would enable bishops to apply restrictions in the life and ministry of retired bishops accused of sexual abuse or who failed to take necessary measures to prevent abuse.
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Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

The U.S. bishops approved a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," June 13 during their general meeting in Baltimore in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God."
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Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

The U.S. bishops are scheduled to vote on a plan to implement the "motu proprio" "Vos Estis Lux Mundi" ("You are the light of the world") issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable.
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Bishops to consider 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God."
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Nuncio’s message to bishops: ‘Unity prevails over conflict’

Recalling "there were some expressions of 'dissent'" by some U.S. bishops when the bishops met last November over the Vatican's request that they postpone voting on agenda items related to the reemergent clergy sexual abuse crisis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican's nuncio to the United States, reminded them that "unity prevails over conflict."
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A matter of taste: One writer’s deep dive into fast-food fish sandwiches

Mark Pattison checks out fish sandwiches at fast-food restaurants this Lenten season.
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Actor Gary Sinise describes his road to the Catholic Church

Gary Sinise, the actor perhaps best known for playing Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," followed a rather unusual path to becoming a Catholic.
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International study suggests religious people are happier

The results of a wide-ranging study that surveyed the attitudes of people in as many as 35 countries suggest that happiness is tied to being religiously active.
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Survey assesses views of bishops, diaconate directors on women deacons

Should the Vatican permit the ordination of women as deacons -- a topic that has been studied by a papal commission -- a majority of U.S. bishops surveyed said they would expect the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pave the way to implement it.
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Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Two years ago, there were 168 Catholics in the House and Senate combined, a high-water mark. This year, for the 116th Congress, the number is down five, to 163.
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