Xaverian, Diocese Confront Teen Vaping Crisis

The danger of vaping is real. According to a Sept. 19 weekly report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people with a deadly vaping-related lung disease rose to 530 from 380 the week before (38 states and one U.S. territory report numbers). Officials have said half of those patients are under 25 years old and 16 percent are younger than 18. Nine deaths have been reported.

ICE Raids Muted, But Draw Criticism From Church

Religious leaders and immigration advocates spoke out against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after the Trump administration, sticking to his campaign promises, promised that ICE would begin roundups of undocumented immigrants this past weekend in major cities nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Former Jerusalem Patriarch: Time to Move Away From War

A retired patriarch of Jerusalem called on both Israel and Palestine to “leave war.” He urged Israel specifically to move towards peace with the Palestinians, saying that the Palestinians wanted peace as well.

Trump, Pence Call for New Action to Protect Life at Annual DC Rally

Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise appearance at the rally for the 46th March for Life, the annual protest event that draws tens of thousands of pro-life activists to the nation’s capital to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

As Caravan Moves North, Catholics Insist Seeking Asylum Not a Crime

As President Donald Trump prepares to send 5,200 troops to Mexican border to block some 4,000 Central American asylum-seekers, Catholic leaders are urging governments to address the underlying causes of migration while reminding people that seeking asylum is not a crime.

American Pastor Home After Turkish Imprisonment

The Rev. Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Presbyterian pastor who had been jailed by Turkish authorities for nearly two years, returned to U.S. soil Oct. 13 after being freed the day before by Turkey.