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Make persecution ‘difficult for others to ignore,’ cardinal says

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — With religious persecution against Christians on the rise worldwide, it is important for other Christians to stand in solidarity with them, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. Christians in the United States and elsewhere must raise their voices on behalf of “the millions who are suffering,”…

Immigrants aren’t getting health care, so parish brings it to them

By Gina Christian Catholic News Service NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CNS) — For immigrants in the country without legal permission, a routine doctor’s visit can be an occasion for panic. Without papers, immigrants fear deportation when they enter the waiting room. Unwilling to take such a risk, they avoid seeking medical attention even in life-threatening cases. Language…

Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service Vatican City — Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. “The pope’s trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled,” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The pope is scheduled to meet…

Pro-lifers cheer administration move to defund U.N. Population Fund

WASHINGTON – Prominent pro-life advocates cheered the announcement April 3 from the U.S. State Department that it would no longer contribute to the U.N. Population Fund because of the agency’s involvement in China’s Population and Family Planning Law, long known as the “one-child policy.” “In China, government officials continue to subject women and their families…