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Bishops to Trump: Don’t abandon young people to deportation

Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the Trump administration, said the U.S. Catholic bishops this week. “These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. The dignity of every human being, particularly that of our children










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Charlie Gard’s family could be allowed permanent US residency

Amid the Gard family’s legal battle in the U.K. to pursue experimental treatment for their infant son, a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that could grant them permanent residency in the states. “We just passed amendment that grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical










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Pope phones trash man who lost legs in accident

Maximiliano Acuña is a garbage collector in Buenos Aires who earlier this year was injured in a serious accident that left him without legs. On Tuesday, he was surprised to receive an unexpected phone call from Pope Francis. The Pope offered words of encouragement, 33-year-old Acuña told the Argentine Morfi Television program. On March 22,










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Church leaders in China remain open to dialogue with Vatican

As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with Chinese bishops has seen vast improvement in openness and dialogue on the part of leaders, both in the patriotic and underground Churches. “That’s one very significant point, a growth in openness, a growth in the










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Archbishop Chaput: Civilta Cattolica got American Christianity wrong

A prominent Catholic journal’s critique of American religion and politics got quite a bit wrong, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said yesterday. Archbishop Chaput said the article was “an exercise in dumbing down and inadequately presenting the nature of Catholic/Evangelical cooperation on religious freedom and other key issues.” Writing in a July 18 column at










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Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

am (CNA).- Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the captives not be harmed. “Priests are men of God who devote their lives to the good of the population without a political agenda. To hurt them is to harm the community they serve,”










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