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Recent articles by Mark:

Critics denounce Attorney General Barr’s decision to set execution dates for death row inmates

Attorney General William Barr has set execution dates for four federal prisoners on death row. → Read More

It will be a palmless Sunday at most U.S. parishes

The coronavirus crisis is changing many religious observances, including Palm Sunday. → Read More

Panel assesses Dorothy Day’s impact on church and their own lives

"Dorothy taught me to pay attention and feel the sufferings of others," said Martha Hennessy, one of Day's granddaughters. → Read More

Former cardinal McCarrick moves from Kansas friary to new location

The former prelate had stayed a little over one year at St. Fidelis Friary, run by the Capuchin Franciscan order in Victoria, Kansas. While his new residence has not been publicly disclosed, one diocese vociferously declared that McCarrick was not within its territory. → Read More

Prayer vigil pushes for peaceful solution in Iran crisis

Five Catholic groups co-sponsored the vigil: the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Franciscan Action Network, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Pax Christi USA, and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team. → Read More

March for Life theme borrows page from suffragist centennial

The March for Life, the annual march in Washington to protest legalized abortion in the United States, is tying itself in 2020 to the women's suffrage movement for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. → Read More

Issue of selling slaves ‘bigger than Georgetown,’ says descendant

"There was an apology, but for us, we needed more and we continue to seek more." → Read More

Catholics join other religious groups endorsing ‘Faithful Democracy’ statement

Six Catholic organizations have endorsed a wide-ranging platform calling for urgent attention to the nation's democratic principles. → Read More

Impeachment? Add it to the list of reasons bills are sidetracked in Congress

The impeachment inquiry is but one of many factors making movement on bills as slow as molasses in January. → Read More

Can Elizabeth Warren’s child care proposal be considered pro-life?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has a plan for universal child care-and it is being scrutinized through a "pro-life" perspective. → Read More

Former Cardinal McCarrick defends himself amid numerous sex abuse allegations

"I'm not as bad as they paint me," McCarrick told Slate, which posted interview comments in an article Sept. 3. "I do not believe that I did the things that they accused me of." → Read More

Parkland survivors and U.S. bishops share same views on gun violence

The Catholic Church in the United States and the survivors of the Parkland school shooting both want to achieve the same goal: ending gun violence in this country. → Read More

One year after a devastating grand jury report, Pennsylvania bishops reflect on abuse crisis

The grand jury report, released Aug. 14, 2018, was based on a monthslong investigation into alleged abuse in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg and Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It covered a 70-year period starting in 1947. → Read More

On abortion, Hispanic and white Catholics differ in their views

According to the survey, which was released Aug. 13, 54 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 40 percent believe it should be illegal in most or all cases—numbers essentially unchanged since 2014. → Read More

Central African Republic bishop negotiates peace deals in government’s absence

For a population that has seen growing displacement, poverty, fighting and chaos over much of the past six years, it is a relief, Bishop Nongo-Aziagbia told Catholic News Service. → Read More

Group protests outside U.S. bishops’ meeting, objects to proposals on abuse

As has been the case for years now, a small group of protesters dismissive of the U.S. bishops' efforts to enact reforms in their handling of sexual abuse cases gather outside the Baltimore hotel where they conduct their general meeting. This spring is no different. → Read More

Likelihood of two-state solution in Middle East dimming, say two clergy

According to Father Elias Mallon, a Franciscan Friar who is the external affairs officer of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, the likelihood of a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears ever unlikely. → Read More

Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

Tomatoes and animals are one thing. Humans, though, are another. → Read More

Ultranationalism threatens religious freedom, says report from Aid to the Church in Need

“Religious Freedom in the World 2018” found worsening conditions for religious freedom in 17 nations, citing attacks on Christians in India and Iraq. → Read More

Anti-Semitism of past generations flared anew in Pittsburgh shooting

In some quarters, people thought anti-Semitism had been swept under the rug. But hiding it didn't mean getting rid of it, as was painfully evident in the murder of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue Oct. 27. → Read More