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Migrants United States

Texas suing ministries serving migrants and refugees

The Texas Attorney-General is suing a network of Church-related ministries to migrants and refugees after one of them – Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas – refused to surrender records about the people it serves. Source: The Tablet.

United States

Alabama court rules frozen embryos are ‘children’

An Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos qualify as children under state law has raised complex legal questions about artificial reproductive practices in the United States opposed by the Church. Source: NCR Online.

United States Vatican

Vatican’s decision on blessings a sign of Church ‘decentralisation’ 

The Vatican’s decision to allow varying implementations of its recent document on blessings for people in irregular and same-sex unions is part of a “great move toward decentralisation” in the Church, a US cardinal has told an education congress. Source: Angelus News.

United States

New York cathedral holds Mass of Reparation after ‘scandalous’ behaviour at funeral

A Mass of Reparation was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on Saturday, after the New York Archdiocese claimed mourners at a funeral service for transgender activist Cecilia Gentili last week engaged in “scandalous behaviour”. Source: New York Daily News.

United States

Local bishops offer prayers for victims in Kansas City shooting

Two local bishops offered prayers for victims after a shooting left one person dead and more than 20 people injured at the conclusion of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory parade on Ash Wednesday. Source: NCR Online.

Prayer Sport United States

Catholic prayer app hopes to kick goal at Super Bowl

The Catholic prayer app Hallow announced that its first-ever NFL Super Bowl commercial will air in the United States during the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers today. Source: CNA.

United States

US bishop says border security shouldn’t come at expense of humanity

A Texas bishop has told US lawmakers that the “right and responsibility” to manage the border should not come at the expense of humanitarian protection. Source: Crux.

Arts and Entertainment United States

Catholic University to auction Wizard of Oz dress

The Catholic University of America is set to auction the legendary blue gingham checkered dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, after a court ruling greenlit the auction. Source: OSV News.

United States

Bishops urge US to cut military spending 

A group of 18 bishops has signed a letter calling for the United States to cut military spending and instead invest in ending poverty. Source: NCR Online.