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People illustrate the importance of affordable health care in New York City July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure "protects poor and vulnerable people," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

A man waves a Colombian flag in Bogota, Colombia, in this 2015 file photo. Pope Francis will beatify Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Ramirez Ramos in the South American country Sept. 8. (CNS photo/John Vizcaino, Reuters)

Colombian martyrs: witnesses to the point of death

Pope Francis' decree to beatify two Colombian martyrs from two troubled eras in the South American country's history underscores his call for courageous witness amid violence and persecution.

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People walk toward Matamoros, Mexico, from Brownsville, Texas, May 4, 2016. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Bishops disappointed in Texas official seeking to end immigration policy

After a Texas attorney general gave the Trump administration an ultimatum to end a policy protecting young migrants or face a lawsuit in September, the Catholic bishops of Texas expressed disappointment in a letter to the state official and blamed Congress for the uncertain future the migrants are facing.

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People in need are served a free Thanksgiving Day meal in Anaheim, Calif., Nov. 24, 2016. Charity organizations are wary of President Donald Trump's tax plan. (CNS photo/Eugene Garcia, EPA)

Doing well and doing good: Charities wary of Trump tax plan

While Capitol Hill and much of the nation have been following the roller coaster of debate surrounding what will come of GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some are focused on what President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan might mean for charitable giving.

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People are seen at the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing July 14. A Chinese communist party official indicated July 19 that Beijing intends to retain tight grip on the Catholic Church. (CNS photo/Damir Sagolj, Reuters)

Chinese official indicates Beijing to retain tight grip on church

The Chinese Communist Party's top leader in charge of religion has made it clear that Beijing intends to retain a tight grip on the Catholic Church.

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Dr. Anne Nolte, right, a family physician with the National Gianna Center for Women's Health and Fertility in New York, is pictured with a patient in 2009. Among other services, the center offers women various fertility-awareness methods for natural family planning. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Advocates urge more awareness about natural family planning options

There are plenty of myths that surround natural family planning, but advocates say the Catholic Church can help dispel those myths and raise an awareness of which fertility-awareness options exist for married couples that embrace church teaching.

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Passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., July 14. (CNS photo/James Lawler Duggan, Reuters)

U.S. Supreme Court says travel ban exemption can include grandparents

The U.S. Supreme Court said grandparents can be included among those who have a "bona fide" relationship with refugees seeking to enter the United States from six majority-Muslim countries under the Trump administration's temporary travel ban.

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, touches the hands of people in Mexico through a border fence following Mass in Sunland Park, N.M., in this 2014 file photo. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Migrant advocates show support for border bishop’s call for solidarity

Following a conversation involving a border bishop and Catholic leaders, migrant advocates from around the U.S. got behind a July 18 pastoral letter issued by the bishop of the Diocese of El Paso calling for a stop to militarization along the border with Mexico and showing compassion for migrants.

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An opioid Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program is seen July 19 at a conference in Arlington, Mass. The application maps various types of opioid overdose responses entered by first responders and is being used by the police department there. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Opioid addiction, overdoses an epidemic, say public health officials

Over the past 18 years, the use of opioid drugs -- both legal and illicit -- has surged throughout the United States.

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Health care activists protest the Republican health care bill at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington July 17. The bill collapsed in the Senate later that day after two more GOP senators said they couldn't support it. (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters)

Health care prescription? Regroup, cooperate, Catholic health leaders say

After efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed late July 17 in the U.S. Senate, Catholic health care leaders said they hope Congress will work together, in small steps, to fix flaws in the current legislation.

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