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Bishops: Loss of affordable health care with GOP plan 'simply unacceptable' 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill, said late June 26 the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance.

Bishops, Catholic groups worry about consequences of partial travel ban 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration said the country's Catholic bishops are "deeply concerned" about the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow a partial ban on foreign nationals as it reviews the constitutionality of a wider ban.

No church for old men: Cardinals called to be grandfathers, pope says 

VATICAN LETTER (CNS) -- The Catholic Church is not a "gerontocracy" ruled by old men, 80-year-old Pope Francis said; "we aren't old men, we are grandfathers."

Court says church school can't be barred from state funds for playground 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.

Vatican calls on China to let bishop exercise his ministry 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican expressed "grave concern" over the situation of a bishop in mainland China who has been in government custody for almost 10 months and moved repeatedly in an apparent attempt to prevent him from assuming leadership of his diocese.

Caring for the ill is priceless gift for society, pope says 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cancer prevention programs and campaigns need to reach everyone, Pope Francis said.

Circle of Protection mobilizes to change nation's budget priorities 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Christian faith leaders pledged anew to build a "circle of protection" around vital social programs identified for deep spending cuts under President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget, saying their action is consistent with biblical principles.

Vatican announces pope will attend reconciliation events in Colombia 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Days after rebels in Colombia announced turning in the last of their cache of weapons over to international observers, the Vatican announced June 23 details of Pope Francis' September trip to the war-torn South American country.

Bishop: 'Fundamental defects' persist in Senate's version of health bill 

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act contains "many of the fundamental defects" that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act "and even further compounds them," said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Venezuela risks becoming Caribbean 'North Korea,' former leaders say 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two former Latin American presidents said the world is running out of time to find a solution to the crisis in Venezuela as President Nicolas Maduro aims to consolidate power over the country.

Under the radar: South Sudan needs media attention, immediate action 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is first of all a shepherd who makes seeking out the lost and forgotten his top priority. But he also knows that wherever he goes, the cameras and news coverage will follow.

Scorsese says a boyhood of church and movies continues to inspire him 

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- Faith and films have been lifelong obsessions for director Martin Scorsese, obsessions that he said have given him moments of peace amid turmoil, but also challenges and frustrations that, in hindsight, he will accept as lessons in humility.

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