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Supreme Court upholds health care law's individual mandate

Jun 18, 2021 News
In a 7-2 decision June 17, the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, saying the states that sued over the law did not have the legal right to do so.

In virtual summer assembly, USCCB’s Archbishop Gomez calls for unity

Jun 17, 2021 News
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops urged unity in an address June 16, the first day of the prelates' three-day spring plenary assembly, held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

On DACA anniversary, bishop urges pathway to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’

Jun 16, 2021 News
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee marked the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program June 15 by urging Congress to act on creating a pathway to citizenship for its beneficiaries.

National Right to Life decries new bill aimed at codifying Roe v. Wade

Jun 15, 2021 News
The Women's Health Protection Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House June 8 "would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion," said Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for National Right to Life.

Harris’ Central America agenda features longtime concerns for the church

Jun 14, 2021 News
During her first foreign trip to Latin America as U.S. vice president June 7 and 8, Kamala Harris took on a topic that has long been on the mind of the Catholic Church in the Americas: alleviating the problems that force Central Americans, in particular, to leave their homelands and take part in a perilous journey north.

Pope denies cardinal’s request to resign; agrees ‘we have sinned’

Jun 11, 2021 News
Agreeing with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that Catholic leaders cannot adopt an "ostrich policy" in the face of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis still told the cardinal that he would not accept his resignation as head of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Canadian church pledges support for Muslims after ‘hate’ attack on family

Jun 10, 2021 News
Faith communities and politicians condemned an attack on a Muslim family in London, Ontario, that police have labeled a hate crime.

Efforts to end human trafficking takes shape in West Africa

Jun 9, 2021 News
Clergy, women religious and laypeople pledged to strengthen existing networks and build new partnerships to fight human trafficking in West Africa during a five-day conference.

Pope leads prayers for Indigenous children who died in Canadian schools

Jun 8, 2021 News
Pope Francis led hundreds of pilgrims and visitors in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer for the Indigenous children who died in Canadian residential schools and for their grieving families.