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Dingell, longest serving member in Congress, recalled at funeral as ‘doer’

At a funeral Mass in Washington for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, former President Bill Clinton said the Democratic congressman should be remembered as "a world-class doer."

With political unrest as backdrop, Venezuelan mission parish keeps focus

Throughout his 20-plus years in Venezuela, Father Greg Schaffer has made a concerted effort to keep his distance from the country’s often volatile political scene. He’s avoided marches and rallies, steers clear of partisan debates on social media, and keeps his homilies focused on personal rather than political issues.

Legislature considers counseling ban that could affect faith-based therapy

The Minnesota Catholic Conference opposes the bill, in part because it could impact settings far beyond professional counseling, said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director.

Hardships, encounters with Christ abound at World Youth Day

Christine Lam went to Panama in January for World Youth Day to “light that fire” within her heart.

Catholic bishops, groups speak against president’s national emergency

Catholic bishops near the U.S.-Mexico border, joined by other U.S. prelates, voiced opposition just after President Donald Trump's Feb. 15 declaration of a national emergency so he can order construction of a barrier along parts of the border between the two countries.

‘Faith’ at core of growth of law firm that helps immigrants, says founder

Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed: It begins as "the smallest of all seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches."

Religious rights group deplores ‘anti-Christian hostility’ in France

A church-backed religious rights organization has warned of growing "anti-Christian hostility" in France, identifying a spate of assaults on churches and Christian monuments.

Catholic Charities expects healthy housing to ease chronic homelessness

Catholic Charities USA is partnering with five diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, local hospitals, housing developers and funders in a plan aiming to reduce chronic homelessness 20 percent by 2024.

French police investigate sexual assault claim against Vatican nuncio

Italian Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 74, a Vatican diplomat who once served in Canada, Chile and western Africa, is under investigation by police in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants.