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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…



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,…


Holiness means being open to God, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire…


Pope, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis. The pope and his friend…




9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds injunction on Trump’s travel ban

By Catholic News Service SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a White House request to overturn an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court ruled June 12 that the administration failed…


Poverty requires action, not empty words, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People cannot sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates “ostentatious wealth,” Pope Francis said. “God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers,…