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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Wenski Welcome Supreme Court Decision To Review Protocols for Use of Lethal Injection

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2015)—The chairs of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on Pro-life Activities welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 23 announcement that it would review the drug protocols of lethal injection executions in the state of Oklahoma. The court will consider whether the procedures violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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News Release (USCCB): Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

USCCB Pro-Life Activities chair says House took ‘decisive step’ toward respect for unborn human life
‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ policy reflects will of the people, says Cardinal
Disclosure policy lets Americans ‘choose health coverage that reflects their values’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2015)—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said.

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News Release (USCCB): February 8 is the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 23, 2015)—The feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8, has been designated as the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration designated such date as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Later that year, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General at the Vatican, announced that the 2015 event will also be observed internationally.

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Catholic Spirit: Living ‘life’ in a throw away culture

(by Shawn Peterson)
January 15, 2015

There is an increase today in the demand for convenience, a growing disdain for anything that causes us any sort of burden or pain. Where once our culture valued and even celebrated someone facing obstacles and admired someone who endured suffering, we now find every means imaginable to avoid these at all costs, even by choosing death that masquerades as “compassion” or “love.”

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Catholic Spirit: Building bridges: Minnesota Catholic Conference expects Church-supported bills to draw support from both sides of the aisle

(by Joe Towalski)
January 14, 2015

With the state House of Representatives switching to Republican control after last fall’s elections and the Senate and governor’s office still in DFL hands, one might expect a fair amount of gridlock during the 2015 legislative session.

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Catholic Spirit: MN bill would help families of babies with chromosomal disorders

(by Jessica Trygstad)
January 14, 2015

As difficult as it was for Kelly and Justin Hodges to learn that their baby would be born with Trisomy 21, the information and support they received upon diagnosis and throughout the pregnancy was crucial. Without it, Kelly says, their family would have been unprepared to deal with the stress of the diagnosis in addition to the birth of their baby.

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Catholic Spirit: Challenges in the face of Obama’s executive action on immigration

(by Jason Adkins)
December 17, 2014

Recently, I have been fielding a lot of questions about President Barack Obama’s executive action that “defers action” for, potentially, millions of undocumented persons living in the United States. Many illegal immigrants may have, if they qualify, at least a temporary reprieve from deportation.

Most people with whom I spoke, and who were initially opposed to the president’s action, supported it when they heard what it did and did not do. As Catholics, we support keeping families together.

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News Release (JRLC): State’s Surplus Perfect Opportunity to Fund Child Care, Early Education

St. Paul, MN (December 4, 2014): A broad coalition of Minnesota religious groups says that funding for child care and early education should be a high priority and receive increased funding in the 2015 legislative session.

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News Release (USCCB): Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB President Says Papal Visit Will Be ‘Joyful Moment’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 17, 2014)—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

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Catholic Spirit: Educational options don’t always equal choices; it’s time for both

(by Shawn Peterson)
November 4, 2014

Of all the important and interesting policy areas I work on, none is more personal than education.

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