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The suffering deserve our prayers, not our analysis, pope says

Those who suffer are brothers and sisters Catholics must pray for, not cases to be analyzed or examples to be used in debates, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

When temperatures rise

It looks like we're entering a long stretch of high triple-digit temperatures. Area agencies that serve the homeless and working poor could always use a boost from donors who grab an extra case of bottled water on their next shopping trip and donors who organize a water drive.

Pope calls human trafficking ‘despicable, a disgrace’

Human trafficking is "a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilized," Pope Francis said. Refugees, displaced and stateless people are particularly vulnerable to "the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts," the pope said May 24.

Ripple effect continues five years after immigration raid on Iowa plant

Carrying red flowers representing the 389 workers arrested during a 2008 raid, hundreds of people participated in a Walk for Justice and interfaith prayer service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the immigration raid on the Agriprocessors Plant in Postville.

Gosnell’s conviction shows ‘ugliness of abortion,’ archbishop says

Dr. Kermit Gosnell may have been convicted May 13 of murder at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, but "nothing can bring back the innocent children he killed, or make up for the vulnerable women he exploited," said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Foster care crucial for unaccompanied minors

GLENDALE — As a child, Johnson Toe spent 12 hours a day farming okra, rice, tomatoes and peppers on his grandmother’s farm in Liberia. The...

Weekend calendar: April 26-28

Whether it's on stage, in concert, at Mass or at church, there are a few Catholic happenings this weekend. Calendar includes three original productions, a CD release concert and more.

Advocates working to keep needs of poor foremost in U.S. budget debate

Republicans and Democrats set spending parameters for fiscal year 2014 by adopting two starkly different budget plans before recessing a week before Easter. What's expected when Congress returns April 8 is a lengthy debate over whether austerity and lower taxes or modest adjustments in government spending supplemented with selected tax law changes to boost revenues is the way to go.

‘Between life and death’: Central Americans still heading north

Twenty-four-year-old Danilo Coronado left Guatemala with four companions. Only Coronado and his cousin were left when he arrived at a Jesuit-run outreach for migrants just south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Multilevel approaches put Jesuits in the thick of immigration issues

While politicians and advocacy organizations work at coming up with legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system, the Jesuits are tackling some of its problems head-on at the Mexican border, in higher education institutions and in parishes.