• Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

    Oregon approves measure requiring insurers to cover abortion

    • Jul 6, 2017

    As the federal government and other states are seeking restrictions on abortion, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.

  • Syrian refugee finds his place at Ohio shoe repair shop

    Syrian refugee finds his place at Ohio shoe repair shop

    • Jul 5, 2017

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides $1,075 for individual refugees to use upon their arrival in the United States. Catholic Charities administers that money to help families set up a household. The following is a story of how that small amount of aid is paying off for one refugee family.

  • Some fear parish consolidation could affect soup kitchens

    Some fear parish consolidation could affect soup kitchens

    • Jul 5, 2017

    The Archdiocese of Hartford has implemented a plan to consolidate 212 parishes into 127 new entities. The community at the parish of St. Anne – which did not survive the process – is questioning what will become of the parish’s flagship ministry, a soup kitchen. Parish staff, volunteers and soup kitchen guests say they have been told the soup kitchen will remain at the church “for the foreseeable future,” but that there are no guarantees as the planning process moves forward at the local level.

  • Philippines’ top court upholds Duterte’s martial law

    Philippines’ top court upholds Duterte’s martial law

    • Jul 5, 2017

    Martial law will continue in the south of the Philippines as the government battles militants, after a Supreme Court decision. Meanwhile, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on Christians and Muslims in the Philippines to stand together against extremism.

  • Netflix series on abuse prompts calls for priest’s files

    Netflix series on abuse prompts calls for priest’s files

    • Jul 2, 2017

    Netflix has been airing what some consider very controversial series of late. The one now taking fire is called “The Keepers” and is about a nun, Cathy Cesnik, who was killed. The crime remains unsolved, but the series indicates a priest may have been her killer.

  • German Parliament approves same-sex marriage

    German Parliament approves same-sex marriage

    • Jul 1, 2017

    Bishops in Germany will now intensify their efforts to promote “the vitality of the Catholic understanding of marriage” after Germany’s parliament approved same-sex marriage in a snap vote on Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against it.