Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights, and the poor.

Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office.

Prayer brings light of hope in dark times, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Prayer has the power to awaken hope in men and women, even in the face of death and destruction, Pope Francis said.