U.S. Bishops Urge Caution On Republican-Backed Healthcare Bill

The United States bishops are urging caution on the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill that is currently scheduled for a Senate vote next week. Four bishops from pro-life, migration, religious liberty, and justice and human development committees sent on a letter on Thursday rejecting the partisan bill and its rushed timeline.

Remains of More Than 300 Individuals Given Burial in Michigan

Earlier this week, the cremated remains of over 300 individuals were laid to rest in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Michigan. Some of the unclaimed remains had been kept in hospital storage for over two decades.

Peace Prayers In St. Louis

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo., called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley, who was charged with the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

California Pastor of Immigrant Parish Honored with Lumen Christi Award

Today, Greenfield in California’s Salinas Valley looks and feels different because Father Enrique Herrera believed the Catholic Church could make life better for the city’s residents. Catholic Extension has chosen Father Herrera to receive the 2017-18 Lumen Christi Award.

Pope Francis Sends Letter for Centennial Celebration of Mother Cabrini in Chicago

As the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus gather in Chicago this week to mark the centennial of the death of their founder Mother Cabrini, Pope Francis sent them hailing Cabrini as a model for our times. “The great migrations underway today need guidance filled with love and intelligence similar to what characterizes the Cabrinian charism,” he wrote.

Backlash Over Martin’s LGBT Book Prompts Speech Cancellations

Following the publication of his book on outreach to LGBT Catholics, Jesuit priest Father James Martin has been disinvited from various speaking engagements. Most recently, an invitation to speak at Theological College at the Catholic University of America has been rescinded.

Vanessa Williams Talks Faith and Redemption at Sheen Center

New York’s newly opened Sheen Center for Thought and Culture is Cardinal Dolan’s attempt to reach people of no faith through the arts. In its opening act of its second season, Broadway star Vanessa Williams spoke about her Catholic faith in between musical performances.