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Recent articles by Carol:

Comedy writer Jeannie Gaffigan sees urgent need to help Catholic teens

The mother of five and wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan said she has a charism and a vocation to work with post-confirmation teens → Read More

Pastoral letter against racism is starting conversations and healing, bishops told

The document, titled "Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love—A Pastoral Letter Against Racism," sold out its first 2,000 copies eight months after it was printed and was recently sent out for a second printing. → Read More

Highlights from the U.S. bishops’ meeting: politics, evangelization, racism, immigrants and more

At the start of their meeting Nov. 11, the bishops raised pressing issues that included the priesthood shortage, gun violence and the need to provide support services for pregnant women. → Read More

Supreme Court divided over future of DACA

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said more explanation was needed about ending DACA because she said it was "a choice to destroy lives." → Read More

Bishop Barron urges bishops to help bring people back to the church

In a news conference after the presentation, Bishop Barron said he wasn't surprised by the lengthy conversation about bringing people back to church → Read More

Award for Flannery O’Connor film brings new attention to Catholic writer

It's not every day that a documentary film director gets a congratulatory phone call from legendary filmmaker Ken Burns. But that's what happened in mid-October for Elizabeth Coffman, an associate professor of film and digital media at Loyola University Chicago, who got a call from a New Hampshire area code while she was teaching class. → Read More

Washington Nationals’ Catholic chaplain calls the World Series team his parish

Msgr. Rossetti had been riding his bike to catch games of the newly named Nationals (previously the Montreal Expos) when they came to the city in 2005 and played at RFK Stadium, three years before Nationals Park opened, so he jumped at the chance to be part of this ministry. → Read More

Cardinal Newman’s canonization is a chance for campus groups to ‘reclaim’ name

The upcoming canonization ceremonies for John Henry Cardinal Newman has become an occasion for Catholic colleges to re-examine the life and purpose of the newest saint for students everywhere. → Read More

Court order temporarily allows Trump administration to block Central American migrants

The nonprofit group Hope Border Institute, based in El Paso, Texas, said the court's decision reflects "a disturbing pattern that emerges when the Supreme Court starts using its power, however temporarily, to greenlight Trump's anti-immigrant agenda." → Read More

‘You have to have faith,’ Bahamian resident says of Dorian recovery

"We are extremely mindful of the dire need faced by the community in the Bahamas so devastated by this catastrophic storm." → Read More

El Paso priest after shooting: Faith was there ‘in darkest moments’

He first went to the local hospital and then to the reunification center where he stayed from 1 p.m. Aug. 3 until about 5:30 p.m. the next day. Some slept during the night in the school building, but mostly they just waited, anxious to hear about friends or family members. → Read More

70 Catholics arrested in D.C. protesting U.S. border policy

A few hundred Catholic activists, including dozens of women religious, gathered outside at the foot of the U.S. Capitol July 18 urging politicians to stop its "inhumane treatment" of immigrant children at the border. → Read More

Court overturns conviction of death-row inmate for jury selection bias

The Supreme Court, citing racial bias in the prosecutor's jury selection, overturned the death sentence of a Mississippi African American man who had been tried six times for a quadruple murder charge. → Read More

U.S. bishops may revise catechism to reflect capital punishment stance

The bishops' proposed draft about the death penalty states that "today it is no longer just nor reasonable to apply the death penalty," stressing that it is not needed to protect society and its application is "inequitable and flawed." → Read More

Supreme Court justices defend divergent death penalty views

Although the Supreme Court justices chose not to take up two petitions for review submitted by death-row inmates from Alabama and Tennessee May 13, they didn't do so with a simple one-sentence rejection. → Read More

Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded. → Read More

Supreme Court’s recent actions reveal its death penalty divide

In two recent actions, the U.S. Supreme Court revealed its death penalty decisions are hardly cut and dried. → Read More

Covington Catholic student sues Washington Post for $250 million

The Catholic high school student at the center of an encounter with a Native American tribal leader in Washington filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit Feb. 19 against The Washington Post claiming the newspaper's coverage of the incident was biased. → Read More

Report finds no evidence of racist statements from Covington students

The investigation, conducted by Greater Cincinnati Investigation Inc., which has no connection with the high school or diocese, "demonstrated that our students did not instigate the incident that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial," the bishop said. → Read More

During Arctic blast, Catholic service agencies extend services and hours

In Chicago, temperatures dipped to nearly a record low Jan. 31 at minus 21, with a wind chill of minus 41. → Read More