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  • Polls reveal declining support for abortion in U.S.

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Jan. 21 report from the National Right to Life Committee and new poll results show that abortion is increasingly unpopular in the United States, but also that the number of abortions performed in the United States is at its lowest point since 1975.

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  • Increase in sex trafficking expected during gridiron, golf tournaments

    PHOENIX (CNS) -- Catholic Charities of Arizona is preparing to serve an increased number of sex-trafficking victims arrested by local police in the days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday. "People who are controlling sex-trafficked women are opportunistic," said Jon McCaine, a clinical psychologist and consultant for Catholic Charities' Dignity program for victims of sex trafficking. "The Super Bowl is a perfect time for these people to make money by selling sex," he said in a January statement from the Catholic agency.

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  • State of the Union speech hits on numerous social justice themes

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama hit on numerous themes that resonated with Catholic advocates for social justice issues. Among the items included in Obama's policy agenda in the president's annual speech before a joint session of Congress were what Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, called the "bold ideas" of proposals to enable students to have two years of community college education without paying tuition; to expand paid leave to working parents and to make home ownership more accessible.

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  • Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage cases this term

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 16 agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

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  • U.S. House passes measure to restrict taxpayer funding of abortion

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After members of the U.S. House scuttled plans Jan. 22 to vote on a measure to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks, they passed a bill to restrict taxpayer funding of abortion. Called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, or H.R. 7, it applies the principles of the Hyde Amendment to federal health programs, including the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Missouri girl comes to Washington to march, visit lawmakers on Hill

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Being the youngest member of the Missouri Life Caravan at age 10 brings certain advantages, Meghan Meehan learned. For starters, lots of people wanted to take her picture. U.S. Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri high-fived her. Fellow Missourian and Republican Congressman Billy Long gave her one of his official medallions. And she got a free T-shirt.

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  • Everyone must help create culture of life, says head of March for Life

    WASHINGTON, (CNS) -- Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, March for Life president, answered matter-of-factly when asked why she marches each year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. "I can't not march. I march for women who have made that wrong decision and suffered greatly; most of all I march for the unborn," she said. "It is the worst human rights abuse happening out there right now, so I can't not march."

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  • Lawmakers say Congress needs to protect institutional conscience

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Speakers at a policy summit in Washington Jan. 13 addressed the issue of protecting institutional conscience as it pertains to adoption, marriage and abortion. U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, discussed conscience protections for religious and other adoption agencies, which is the aim of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, known as H.R. 5825.

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  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    Washington (ZENIT) -- The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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  • Pope's canonization announcement surprises even Serra's promoters

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Surprising even the people who have been promoting the sainthood cause of Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis announced Jan. 15 that in September, he hopes to canonize the 18th-century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California.

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  • Dominican sister chosen to lead Catholic Charities USA

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNS) -- Dominican Sister Donna Markham has been chosen to succeed Father Larry Snyder as the new president of Catholic Charities USA. The announcement was made Jan. 12 at Catholic Charities headquarters in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington.

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  • Catholics in Congress: What makes them eager to serve -- and electable?

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The numbers don't lie. Once again, there are more Catholics in Congress than members of any other religious denomination. And the numbers stay strong term after term. Even though Catholics account for only about 22 percent of the U.S. population -- admittedly the largest body of religious belief in the country -- they make up 31 percent of the House and the Senate.

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  • Winners of 'The Amazing Race' say their aim was to inspire others

    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Bryan Kasten, an English and practical arts teacher at Rosati-Kain High School, warmly greeted former student Maya Warren, winner of "The Amazing Race" reality TV show. "So cool to see a celebrity," Kasten told her as she arrived Jan. 5 at the Catholic school for girls for a talk and question-and-answer with students and faculty.

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  • 'Biggest human rights rally' returns for March for Life

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- "The biggest human rights rally in the world," as one regular participant described it, will return to the nation's capital for the annual March for Life Jan. 22. The 42nd rally on the National Mall and march to the U.S. Supreme Court marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade that invalidated state and federal restrictions on abortions, legalizing abortion virtually on demand.

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  • Florida bishops speak out about state's same-sex ruling

    MIAMI (CNS) -- A day after a federal judge's Jan. 5 ruling struck down the state's ban of same-sex marriage, Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski sent a letter to archdiocesan employees stressing that they need to "understand the church's position" on this issue.

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  • Indiana poet seeks healing from clergy sexual abuse through his works

    INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Norbert Krapf, 71, still loves the wooded hills of his southern Indiana boyhood home near Jasper and the Catholic faith that formed his beliefs from infancy. Such feelings are remarkable not for their longevity, but that they exist despite Krapf being the victim of clergy sexual abuse six decades ago at his small hometown parish tucked away in the Jasper hills.

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  • Bishop Hying installed as fourth bishop of Diocese of Gary, Indiana

    GARY, Ind. (CNS) -- Before a packed Holy Angels Cathedral and a television and online audience, Bishop Donald J. Hying was installed as the Diocese of Gary's fourth bishop. In what Bishop Hying called "a glorious adventure in faith together," the 51-year-old bishop formally accepted the apostolic mandate from Pope Francis naming the former auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee as the new spiritual shepherd for 185,000 Roman Catholics in Northwest Indiana.

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  • Pope Francis' renewed emphasis on the poor focus of Phoenix forum

    PHOENIX (CNS) -- Leaders in the realm of social and economic justice pointed to Pope Francis as kick-starting a renewed focus on the poor, praising his approach and message. The pope's emphasis on Jesus' mission of bringing "good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and to set the downtrodden free" can guide people today, John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, told an audience of nearly 500 during a Jan. 6 forum on economic justice.

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  • Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

    LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) -- The figures vary slightly from one study to another, but it's clear that millions of Americans who had no health insurance in 2013 now have at least some coverage. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, the percentage of uninsured non-elderly adults -- age 18 to 64 -- in the U.S. has dropped by 30.1 percent, from 17.7 percent in September 2013 to 12.1 percent in September 2014, according to a report released Dec. 3 by the Urban Institute Health Monitoring Center -- a total of 10.6 million people.

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  • Lawsuits on health care law's mandate, subsidies wind through courts

    LEVITTOWN, Pa. (CNS) -- Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy. Most directly affecting Catholic institutions is the requirement that all employee health insurance policies cover contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if employers morally oppose such coverage.

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  • Pope Francis continues to take 'the world by storm'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina. A Pew Research Center study released Dec. 11 showed that the pope has broad support across much of the world. Sixty percent of the 43 nations polled had a positive view of the pontiff.

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  • Study suggests faith influences opinion about space exploration

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- How people value space exploration may just depend on someone's particular faith. An analysis of the results of several national surveys by a University of Dayton political science professor found that Catholics are more supportive of the U.S. maintaining a leading role in probing the depths of space and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence than people of other faiths.

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