Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration's family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
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Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible.
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Ryan, Brownback, archbishop address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

"No government has the right to infringe upon a God-given right. No government has the right to do that," Brownback said to applause.
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States bordering Gulf of Mexico rank at, near bottom of new index

An area called the "Gulf South" -- the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico -- rank at or near the bottom of the JustSouth Index issued by the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans.
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Ken Burns: Christophers ‘generous’ to give him Life Achievement Award

Burns is behind many well-received documentaries over the past 30 years such as "The War", "The Civil War", "Baseball", and "Prohibition."
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No phantom threads in ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibit in New York

The sectarian will meet the secular in an unusual way with the May 10 debut of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" in New York City.
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Nibbles or bites, tax policy fights eating away at church exemptions

For generations, religious denominations in the United States have been largely exempt from paying taxes. However, some cracks are beginning to show in that armor.
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Catholic, other groups voice misgivings over 2018 farm bill

With the 2018 version of the farm bill having been voted out of committee for consideration by the full House, Catholic groups and other rural advocates are voicing their misgivings about many of its provisions.
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Circuitous route led to director’s second film on exorcism

So it was for William Friedkin, who directed "The Exorcist" 45 years ago and thought he was through with the subgenre he helped create. Then came his documentary on exorcism, "The Devil and Father Amorth."
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What’s the buzz? A live version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ on Easter

Television viewers on Easter weekend will be pulled from the Old Testament on Holy Saturday to the New Testament on Easter.
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U.S. Catholics’ political leanings affect their approval ratings of pope

A Pew survey was conducted Jan. 10-15 among 1,503 adults. Results show how political leanings affect perception of Pope Francis.
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Florida man puts his stamp on ‘Offering of Letters’ campaign

In a world of instantaneous communications, using pen and paper may seem quaint, but it works. "A lot of people have not sat down to write a letter in decades. We find that has the greatest impact," England said. That's the way we do it. There's no pre-written letter."
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