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Papal abuse commission member suggests changes to group expected in fall

NCR Today Rome

Rome: The composition of the advisory body may change at some point this fall, as the original three-year terms granted to individuals in the group expire.

Editorial: Empty gestures won't fix health care

We say: If Congress truly wanted to become a body that talks and listens, right now at this time, there is no better issue to open for discussion than health care reform.

U.K. pharmacy regulator abandons proposal to strip conscience protections

Manchester, England

Britain's pharmacy regulator has declared that Catholic pharmacists should not be forced to dispense lethal drugs against their consciences.

Appointment not about career, but service, cardinal-designate says

Vatican City

Cardinal-designate Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, said his appointment isn't a job promotion but a call to be more like Jesus, who came to serve the poor and marginalized.

Islamic State followers said to desecrate Catholic chapel in Mindanao

Cotabato, Philippines

About 300 gunmen of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, attacked the Pigcawayan village of Malagakit, resulting in the displacement of hundreds of residents.

Pope's quotes: Language of gestures

The Francis Chronicles

Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.

Judge blocks deportation of Chaldeans and other Iraqis


A federal judge ruled Thursday that the 114 Iraqi immigrants facing deportation can stay in the U.S. for at least two more weeks as he sorts out whether the court has jurisdiction.

Retired Archbishop Quinn of San Francisco dies at 88

San Francisco

"I have served as a bishop for almost 30 years," he said in his retirement in 1995. "In these turbulent times no corporate CEO or university president remains under the pressure of office anywhere near that time."

The immoral Senate health care bill

Distinctly Catholic

Distinctly Catholic: The Senate's "repeal and replace Obamacare" legislation, finally unveiled, is especially harmful to the young and elderly. It is a plague upon the U.S. people.

New Knights of Malta leader genuflects before Francis in Vatican meeting

NCR Today Vatican City

Vatican City -- Dalla Torre told Francis he was particularly moved by the encounter and had been following his papacy closely.