Healing racial divide starts with dialogue, black bishops say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The threat of being pulled over by police and arrested for something that even "hinted of going beyond the status quo," was very real to retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, when he was growing up in segregated Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Pope calls Bastille Day attacks an act of 'blind violence'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the attack on Bastille Day Celebrations in France, calling it an act of "blind violence."

U.S. House members in bipartisan vote pass Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a bipartisan 245-182 vote, House members July 13 passed the Conscience Protection Act, which would provide legal protection to doctors, nurses, hospitals, and all health care providers who choose not to perform abortions as part of their health care practice.