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Nuns among those arrested in D.C. protesting for ‘Dreamers’

February 27th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — Dozens of Catholics, including men and women religious, were arrested in the rotunda of a Senate office building in Washington Feb. 27 as they called on lawmakers to help young adults brought to the U.S. as minors without documents obtain some sort of permanent legal status.

Many of the arrested included Sisters of Mercy, who recalled the arrival of their religious order to the U.S. and their contributions to the country, and asked that the young adults they called “Dreamers,” a reference to a legislative proposal, be allowed to do the same.

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Coping with school shootings: surreal part of students’ routine

February 27th, 2018 Posted in Education and Careers, Featured, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — Students in schools across the country have to navigate their way around classes, exams, relationships, cliques, cafeteria food and crowded hallways.

They also have to think about what they would do if someone with a gun came into their school, which seems all the more possible after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

February 27th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors.

On Feb. 26, the court declined to hear and rule on whether the administration has the right to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.

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Bon Secours Health System, Mercy Health announce plan to merge

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in National News

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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health, with headquarters in Ohio, plan to merge by the end of the year, forming one of the country’s largest health systems.

The merger of the two Catholic health care systems will create a network of 43 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and care sites, and housing ministries that spans seven states from Ohio to the East Coast.

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Following Florida school shooting, Jesuit calls for legislation on guns

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — The head of an organization representing Jesuit middle and high schools in the U.S. and Canada is calling for stricter gun legislation, following the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead and many injured.

In a Feb. 21 letter addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump and to high-ranking members of Congress, Jesuit Father William Muller, executive director of Jesuit Schools Network of North America, said that those who survived the Feb. 14 shooting are “burdened now with the loss of classmates and peers senselessly murdered,” and said the Jesuit network stands “with so many voices against the proliferation of guns in our country.”

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Rev. Graham recalled for deep faith, invitation to all to know Christ

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WASHINGTON — The Rev. Billy Graham was “a preacher of God’s word not only in his sermons, but also in the very life he lived,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Today, we pray for the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to his family,” the cardinal said in a statement about the Feb. 21 death of the world famous Baptist preacher.

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Late Billy Graham admired by most Americans, polls showed

February 21st, 2018 Posted in National News

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MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years, although he continued to lead crusades until 2005, when he held his last one in New York. In recent years, he also suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

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Parkland students arrive in Florida capital, urge action on gun reform

February 21st, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — About 100 students from Parkland arrived in Tallahassee the evening of Feb. 20, highly motivated to press their state lawmakers in person to reform gun laws after the deadly shooting rampage at their high school.

The afternoon shooting spree Feb. 14 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County left at 17 people dead and at least 14 injured. Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is being held without bond on 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the attack.

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Christian minister Billy Graham, evangelical pioneer, dies at 99

February 21st, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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Longtime Christian preacher Billy Graham, spiritual advisor to multiple U.S. presidents and among the first evangelicals to make his mark with television broadcasts, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 99.

“Today, we pray for the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to his family,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Billy Graham was a preacher of God’s word not only in his sermons, but also in the very life he lived. His faith and integrity invited countless thousands around the world into a closer relationship with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the ministry of Billy Graham.”

In a career spanning more than 60 years, according to CharlotteObserver.com, Graham took his simple Christian message to more than 84 million people in almost 60 countries – including multitudes of spiritually starved believers behind the communist Iron Curtain. Add those who heard him live, via satellite, and the numbers jump to 210 million people in 185 countries.

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U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

February 19th, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers,” the USCCB officials said in a joint statement Feb. 19.

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