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Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration said the country’s Catholic bishops are “deeply concerned” about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the…



New pastoral appointments announced

The Diocese of Syracuse released the following June 24:   Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is pleased to announce the latest pastoral appointments. They are: • Father Clifford H. Auth, pastor of St. Ann Church in Manlius, has been appointed pastor of the linked parishes of St. Mary Church and St….


Early reviews negative on Senate Republicans’ health care bill

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Initial reaction from religious leaders was negative to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate’s health care reform measure that was unveiled June 22 in “discussion draft” form by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. One feature of the bill is…


Islamic State followers said to desecrate Catholic chapel in Mindanao

By Catholic News Service COTABATO, Philippines (CNS) — Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato has condemned “in the strongest terms possible” the reported desecration of a Catholic chapel by terrorist gunmen in the southern Philippines. The June 21 incident, in the village of Malagakit, occurred when about 300 gunmen of the…



Scorsese says a boyhood of church and movies continues to inspire him

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Faith and films have been lifelong obsessions for director Martin Scorsese, obsessions that he said have given him moments of peace amid turmoil, but also challenges and frustrations that, in hindsight, he will accept as lessons in humility. “For me,…


In lieu of visit, pope makes major donation to South Sudan charities

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his…



Bishops urge renewed dedication to efforts to protect religious liberty

By Josephine von Dohlen, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In launching this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom. “Freedom for Mission” is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place June 21 to July…