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While the United States has made tremendous progress in moving from a history of slavery toward racial justice, there is still much left to do, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said during the Synod of Bishops for Africa. • More than 1,000 students from the District of Columbia assembled in Washington on Sept. 30 to urge members of Congress to support an endangered federal voucher program. • Two American couples, Frank and Julie LaBoda of Cross Plain, Wis., and John S. and Claire Grabowski of Maryland, were named to the Pontifical Council for the Family. • National leaders of the Catholic Church and Lutheran World Federation gathered in Chicago to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. • Pope Benedict XVI has named J. Russell Hittinger, a professor of Catholic studies at the University of Tulsa, to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. • Eustachius Kugler, a member of the Brothers of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, was beatified on Oct. 4 at a Mass in Regensburg, Germany.

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The Affordable Care Act has changed our expectations for health care. It shifted the way we live, which may be shifting what we believe.
Michael RozierMay 25, 2017
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The U.S. bishops have raised some serious concerns about what this proposal says about our national values.
The EditorsMay 25, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Congress is asking the nation to make “immoral choices,” said Sister Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association.
Kevin ClarkeMay 25, 2017
Philippine government soldiers walk past a mosque before their May 25 assault on Maute insurgents, who have taken over large parts of the town of Marawi. Residents started to evacuate Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi on May 23.