Bishop Mark J. Seitz and Father Fabian Marquez, both of El Paso, Texas, lead prayers Sept. 26, 2019, for Antonio Basco, who lost his wife, Margie Reckard, during the Aug. 3 Walmart mass shooting in El Paso.

El Paso bishop opens up about pain of parishioners behind letter on mass shooting

El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz said he wanted the letter to be a "conversation starter" and also one that would explore the underlying causes of the mass shooting.
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Heidi Campbell, a communications professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, speaks Oct. 18, 2019, during a conference titled "Religion Beyond Memes" at the University of Notre Dame's Ansari Institute for Global Engagement in Washington.

The dark side of memes: spreading untruths about religion

The image seems inoffensive on the surface: a figure of a gray-haired man, presumably God, with text that says: “I gave you free will so use it exactly as I command you to.” It was one example of an image known as a meme offered by Heidi Campbell, a communications professor at Texas A&M University,...
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El Paso bishop calls out racism but urges accused shooter’s life be spared

It's a pastoral letter that pulls no punches, goes far into the past and continues up to the recent present of racism at the U.S.-Mexico border.  
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Newark’s Cardinal Tobin joins Catholics protesting immigration detention

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, blessed and then prayed near a group of Catholics who blocked a crosswalk, arranging themselves in the shape of a cross in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark Sept. 4, to protest the detention of children and families in immigration facilities.
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Pennsylvania authorities arrest priest accused of stealing more than $98,000

Authorities have arrested a 56-year-old priest from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who is facing accusations that he stole more than $98,000 from a parish and used some of it to finance what the archdiocese says were "personal expenses of an inappropriate nature."
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El Paso bishop meets with victims of mass shooting, family members

The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and wounded during the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart in the city where he serves, and in a statement following the meeting said his heart "was breaking," after seeing up-close the human aftermath of the crime.
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Pope Francis joins prayers for victims of bloody weekend in U.S.

Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 29 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.
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Texas, New Mexico dioceses unite in prayer after El Paso shooting

The Catholic dioceses of El Paso, Texas, and neighboring Las Cruces, New Mexico, have joined in prayer after an August 3 mass shooting in a mall left several dead and many injured.
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Pope issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican -- including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass -- against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last year under a cloud of allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.
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Jesuits at Indianapolis school, archbishop at odds over gay employee

The Archbishop of Indianapolis issued a decree June 21 against a Jesuit school that refused to dismiss a gay employee, saying that "with great sadness" the archdiocese no longer recognizes it as a Catholic institution.
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Bishops urged to do more for immigrants, spiritually and otherwise

Catholic bishops urged their fellow prelates to do more to support the suffering of immigrant families, to be with them spiritually as pastors and to voice support for legal measures to help them.
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Head of USCCB questions story about how he handled abuse case

Texas Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, denies a characterization of how he handled an accusation by a woman who said she was manipulated into a sexual relationship with his former deputy, a priest.
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