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U.S. bishops plan to launch a postcard campaign in 2010 to urge Congress to make comprehensive immigration reform its next legislative priority. •Advent services at St. Cecilia Parish in Detroit, Mich., will include “Thug Sundays,” a gun buy-back and outreach program targeting Detroit’s gang members. • President Barack Obama has established a new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and named Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, and James W. Wagner, president of Emory University in Atlanta, to be its top officials. • Suggestions for daily prayer, reading, reflection and action throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons can be found at www.usccb.org/advent. • After resisting their release all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Diocese of Bridgeport on Dec. 1 delivered thousands of pages of court documents related to sexual abuse by clergy to the attorneys for the four newspapers that had sued to obtain the material. • The Israeli Supreme Court is reviewing the case of 21-year-old Berlanty Azzam, a Bethlehem University student deported from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, and a decision is expected in mid-December.

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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.