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Church official cautiously optimistic about DACA bills before Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The executive director of the U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services gives credit to a group of moderate Republicans in Congress trying to revive interest in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation, or DACA, by their efforts to bring not just one bill, but four, to the House floor.

Mexican cardinal-designate 'very close to the people,' did not seek power

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of Xalapa, left a towering legacy when he retired in 2007. He became a bishop at age 39, led the Mexican bishops' conference for nine years and worked closely on ending the official estrangement between Mexico and the Vatican.

Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although it is not unusual for a pope to set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, Pope Francis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year.

Abuse survivor says pope told him God loves him the way he is

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An abuse survivor, who had been disparaged for being a homosexual, said that Pope Francis told him that God made him that way and loved him for who he was.

Trump/Reagan Title X Protect Life Rule

Washington D.C., May 22, 2018 CNA.- The following are excerpts of remarks delivered by Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on the House floor May 21, 2018. Published with permission:

A hospice that hurried death? Texas courts to weigh criminal charges

Dallas, Texas, May 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- In a legal case that includes allegations of death-hastening drug use and falsified do-not-resuscitate orders, a former hospice executive has admitted speeding the deaths of patients to boost the company’s profits.

Chilean bishop suspends 12 priests, apologizes for not acting sooner

Rancagua, Chile, May 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Over the weekend, Chilean Bishop Alejandro Goi? Karmeli? suspended several priests after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against them. He apologized for not following up when the accusations were first brought to his attention.

Analysis: With new appointments, Pope Francis puts his mark on the College of Cardinals

Vatican City, May 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis’ fifth consistory marks an important shift within the College of Cardinals: it is the first time in the five years of this pontificate that in a possible future conclave the number of cardinals created by Pope Francis will surpass the number of cardinals created by his predecessors.

Pope Francis: Like Mary, the Church is a mother

Vatican City, May 21, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis celebrated the first feast of Mary, Mother of the Church Monday saying that without the emphasis placed on motherhood, the Church would be isolated, composed of no more than “old bachelors.”

Archbishop: Naming Chaldean as cardinal is gift to struggling church

BEIRUT (CNS) -- Pope Francis' naming of Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako as cardinal is a gift to the Chaldean Catholic church, which has been struggling in the face of terrorism, said an Iraqi archbishop.