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Catholic headlines for July 29, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Catholic peace activist Jerry Berrigan was remembered and celebrated at his funeral Mass in Syracuse.

Catholic peace activist Jerry Berrigan remembered, celebrated at funeral

More than 300 people gathered today at St. Lucy’s Church to bid farewell to Jerome “Jerry” Berrigan, a high-profile Catholic peace activist. “He was first and foremost a peacemaker who lived peacefully, with a hunger for peace and justice,” said longtime Jail Ministry leader Bill Cuddy in his reflection.

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Catholic headlines for July 28, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • 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 are applauding court orders to…

Presidential candidates address poverty in videos to advocacy group

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, were made public July 21…

New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability drops among Americans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Is the honeymoon with Pope Francis over for Americans? A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is now about 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014 and close to the 58 percent rating Americans gave him when…

In Japan, U.S. bishop says USCCB will push for nuclear disarmament

HIROSHIMA, Japan (CNS) — For a long minute on a sunny morning, silence fell over the memorial park that commemorates the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city. A gong sounded repeatedly as local residents and visitors from around the world stopped to remember a similarly sunny morning 70…