Articles by Katherine Long

Supreme Court blocks lower court’s ruling that lifted Trump travel ban

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) —The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked part of a lower court ruling that would have allowed certain refugees into the country even though they had been banned by a presidential executive order. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn part of…



Cathedral joyfully rededicated following restoration

By Katherine Long, Editor On a Sunday in 1904, St. Mary’s Church in Syracuse was dedicated as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Mother Church of the Diocese of Syracuse. More than a century later, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the newly restored…


In TV interview, Steve Bannon slams church, bishops over immigration

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an interview set to air Sept. 10 on the CBS TV program “60 Minutes,” former White House strategist Steve Bannon criticized the Catholic Church and U.S. bishops for their views on immigration, saying “they need illegal aliens to fill the…


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State Court of Appeals rejects assisted suicide

Assisted suicide remains prohibited in New York following a Sept. 7 decision from the state’s Court of Appeals rejecting arguments for a constitutional right to “aid-in-dying.” “Although New York has long recognized a competent adult’s right to forgo life-saving medical care, we reject plaintiffs’ argument that an individual has a fundamental…


Bishop Cunningham: Action to curtail DACA ‘extremely disappointing’

The Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it was announced Sept. 5. The rescission “places an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom were brought to the United States as young children and have known no other home, under threat of deportation and losing…


Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump’s decision to end DACA

By Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic church leaders, immigration officials and university presidents were swift and unanimous in their condemnation of President Donald Trump’s Sept. 5 decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA. “In the past, the president stated that the…


Catholic Charities USA gives $2 million for hurricane relief

By Catholic News Service SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to immediate and…


Grimes collecting, making rosaries for Texas

From Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School:   The priests in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are in need of large quantities of rosaries as they continue to console and minister to the people of Houston, specifically many in the George R. Brown convention center where they are taking refuge. If you…


NYS Catholic Conference Statement on DACA

The New York State Catholic Conference released the following statement Sept. 5:   Following is a statement by Richard E. Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference regarding DACA:   “Today’s announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Obama-era Executive…