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  • The Holy See has renewed its call for international cooperation to bring to an end the conflicts in the Middle East and help care for the millions of refugees from Iraq and the Syrian war.

    In a speech to the United Nations Security Council during an open debate on July 30 regarding “the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian, question,” Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said the “dramatic...

  • When Samar Shalhoub and some friends wanted to better protect children in Lebanon from abuse and violence, they turned their dream into a nonprofit organization. They registered with the government and got to work holding workshops on bullying and ways that children could protect themselves against abduction, sexual abuse and violence. But, Shalhoub readily admits, they knew little about how to organize their organization.

  • Pro-life advocates from across the Salt Lake Valley rallied peacefully in front of Planned Parenthood on July 28, calling for state and federal officials to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood. The crowd joined pro-lifers across the nation in holding a "Women Betrayed" rally, an effort organized by Students for Life of America and its partner organization, Pro-Life Future. Rallies took place in about 65 cities across the nation.

    "Defund...

  • Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, Ph.D., in a letter to Congress, on July 27. Echoing Pope Francis’ repeated calls for an economy of inclusion, Archbishop Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S.

  • A Los Angeles Superior Court temporary restraining order issued on July 28 prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing video of three high-ranking officials of StemExpress—a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers—taken at a restaurant in May. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 19. 

  • In an op-ed piece published on July 29 in the New York Daily News, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York took issue with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump without explicitly naming him.

    He recalled teaching college students about nativism—the policy of protecting the interests of native-born inhabitants against those of immigrants—and telling students it was "a continual virulent strain in the American psyche, which would probably sadly show...

  • In being a minister of God's mercy and a guide on the path to holiness, the Catholic Church must develop better ways to "accompany" people in their family life and not simply condemn those who fail, said a diverse group of theologians, including the former theologian of the papal household.

    Cardinal Georges Cottier, who served as the papal theologian from 1989 to 2005, said, "In rigorism, there is an innate brutality that is contrary to the delicacy with which God guides each person...

  • A Ukrainian bishop said a Russian-backed separatist rebellion has plunged his country into its worst humanitarian crisis since World War II and warned that "millions of refugees" could soon head for Europe to escape starvation.

    "Huge numbers are now caught between hammer and anvil; the separatists aren't looking after them, and the Ukrainian government won't care for them because they haven't declared which side they're on," said Auxiliary Bishop Jan Sobilo of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia....

  • People with ties to the California mission system see the canonization of its founder as a moment for reflection and reconciliation with native people.

    "The canonization of (Blessed Junipero) Serra has really encouraged us, as well as the diocesan bishops, to seriously look at the place of the California mission Indians and our history and heritage," said Franciscan Father Ken Laverone, co-postulator in Blessed Serra's cause. He's a California-born descendant of Spanish colonizers.

  • A federal judge ruled July 24 that the government's immigrant family detention system violates a settlement agreement dating to 1997 over how juveniles in the custody of the immigration agency are treated.

    Advocates for the thousands of families being held in compounds run by for-profit prison companies hailed the ruling and said it should mean the end of the policy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to lock up families while they pursue asylum and other types of protection from...