At least four people were killed and eight injured in a shooting at Old National Bank in downtown Louisville, Ky., on April 10, local police said. The gunman was also killed. That incident followed another mass shooting where six people, including three children, were killed at a Nashville school two weeks earlier on March 27.
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Passover, Easter Offer ‘Shared Message Of Hope’: Bishops Send Holiday Greetings To Jewish Community
Several U.S. bishops are extending greetings to the Jewish community as its members celebrate Passover (Pesach), which commemorates the divine liberation of the ancient Israelites from enslavement in Egypt as recounted in the book of Exodus.
Meatless Fridays Beyond Lent? Some Catholics Have No Beef With It
The Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent is a common practice that some say should continue all year.
New Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, La., Urges Faithful to ‘Walk Together to Answer God’s Call’ to Build Up Church
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, a former auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, was installed March 29 as the fifth bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.
U.S. Church Leaders Offer Prayers for Pope Francis’ Recovery
Catholic Church leaders around the country offered prayers for Pope Francis following the Vatican’s March 29 announcement that he would be hospitalized in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital for a few days to treat a respiratory infection.
U.S. Bishops Urge Dept. of Education to Keep Rule Protecting Campus Religious Groups
In response to a proposal from the U.S. Department of Education to rescind religious freedom protection for faith-based organizations on public university campuses, deeming them unnecessary, the U.S. bishops have asked the agency to preserve the protection, which it calls “common sense.”
Catholic Immigration Advocates Protest Biden Administration’s Asylum Policies
Catholic leaders joined immigration advocates and representatives from other faiths on March 21 to protest at the U.S-Mexico border in Arizona, in front of the White House in Washington, and other locations around the country, speaking out against ongoing asylum restrictions at the U.S. border.
Medically Changing Person’s Sex Characteristics To Those of Opposite Sex ‘Not Morally Justified,’ Say Bishops
Surgical, chemical or other interventions that aim “to exchange” a person’s “sex characteristics” for those of the opposite sex “are not morally justified,” said the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee in a statement released March 20.
Biden Issues Executive Order On Guns, Calls On Congress To Reduce Gun Violence
President Joe Biden announced March 14 he would sign an executive order aiming to increase the number of background checks on prospective gun buyers, as well as measures to promote red flag laws and the secure storage of firearms.
Diocese Launches Eucharistic Revival
The Diocese of Brooklyn will be fully participating in the nationwide Eucharistic Revival, with a whole host of activities over the next three years leading up to the National Eucharistic Congress set to take place in Indianapolis in 2024.