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Undeterred by the police detention of three senior Catholic bishops and hundreds of church activists, thousands of Christians took part in a rally on March 5 to mark the end of a monthlong protest campaign for equal rights by dalit Christians in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. • New evidence of brain activity in patients judged to be in a persistent vegetative state should make physicians and neurologists more cautious in arriving at such assessments, said the Catholic bio-ethicist Edward Furton on March 1. • The Diocese of Burlington, Vt., is preparing to sell its headquarters building and a now-closed camp to help pay for claims and judgments stemming from clerical sexual abuse. • Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien has decided to consolidate 13 schools—12 elementary and one secondary—after a yearlong scrutiny of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s educational system. • U.S. bishops have called on the Senate to support the extension of favorable trade status for Haitian-made garments in a letter to senators on Feb. 19. • Polish church leaders reacted angrily to an appeals court ruling upholding an earlier judgment that their country’s top-selling Catholic newspaper libeled a single mother who sought an abortion by comparing her to Nazi war criminals.

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“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017