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Demonstrators try to obstruct a police vehicle as police use water cannons to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Nairobi June 25, 2024, against Kenya's proposed finance bill to raise taxes. After Parliament passed the measure, it was sent to Kenyan President William Ruto for his signature or other action. In the face of chaos, Ruto rejected the bill June 26. (OSV News photo/Monicah Mwang, Reuters)

Kenyan bishops urge protesting youth to accept dialogue amid violence

Catholic bishops in Kenya are urging protesting youth to accept dialogue, while reminding them that remaining intolerant could push the country into anarchy.
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People march as they protest against Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump, during his hush money trial, near the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City April 25, 2024. The Supreme Court heard arguments April 25 over whether Trump is immune from prosecution in a separate case charging him with plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. (OSV News photo/Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

Healthy dialogue despite political differences needed, says USCCB president

Political discourse in the United States has devolved into people shouting at and not listening to each other, showing a need to promote respectful dialogue despite political differences, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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U.S President Joe Biden delivers an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 14, 2024, the evening after Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump survived what law enforcement called an assassination attempt. President Biden condemned political violence and urged Americans to "lower the temperature in our politics." In a briefing July 14, FBI officials told reporters they had yet to determine what motivated the shooter to open fire from a nearby rooftop, killing one spectator and critically injuring two others before he was shot dead by the Secret Service. (OSV News photo/Erin Schaff, pool via Reuters)

Biden condemns political violence in wake of shooting at Trump rally

President Joe Biden condemned political violence and urged Americans to "lower the temperature in our politics."
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A statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized, is seen at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville, N.Y., March 25, 2021. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Native Americans gather in North Carolina to celebrate Catholic faith, culture

The Tekakwitha Conference "is the world's largest gathering of Catholic, Native Americans," said Jody Roy of Chicago, who was in Raleigh to attend the 85th annual conference.
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Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures, with blood on his face, is assisted by guards after shots were fired during a campaign rally at the Butler Farm Show in Butler, Pa., July 13, 2024. A local prosecutor says the suspected gunman and at least one attendee are dead. (OSV News photo/Brendan McDermid, Reuters)

Trump ‘fine’ after bullet graze but alleged shooter, rally spectator dead

Former President Donald Trump was rushed offstage by Secret Service agents as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was campaigning in Butler, Pennsylvania, after shots were fired July 13.
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A mosaic by Father Marko Rupnik illustrating the Gospel story of Jesus' encounter with the woman caught in adultery is pictured in a file photo at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington. The Knights of Columbus announced July 11, 2024, it will cover mosaics by ex-Jesuit Father Mark Rupnik at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington and the Holy Family Chapel at the Knights' headquarters in New Haven, Conn.

Knights of Columbus order Rupnik icons covered until Vatican investigation ends

The Knights of Columbus has announced the Catholic fraternal organization will cover mosaics by ex-Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington and the Holy Family Chapel at the Knights' headquarters in New Haven, ...
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A contractor surveys a Dallas-based client's home for structure damage after Hurricane Beryl moved through the area in Galveston, Texas, July 8, 2024. Beryl slammed into Texas early that morning, knocking out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses, unleashing heavy rain and causing multiple deaths as it moved east and later weakened to a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said.

Texas Catholic groups struggle to provide aid after Beryl cuts power to millions

Catholic aid organizations in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese confirmed they cannot get to work just yet because of the power outage that left about 2.5 million people in the dark following Hurricane Beryl's landfall July 8 that cut a damaging path through ...
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