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El Paso bishop meets with victims of mass shooting, family members

WASHINGTON – The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and wounded during the August 3 shooting at a Walmart in the city where he serves, and in a statement following the meeting said his heart “was breaking,” after seeing up-close the human…

California Catholics urged to pray for defeat of medication abortion bill

SAN FRANCISCO – Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco is urging Catholics in the archdiocese to join in a novena for the defeat of a “dangerous and unprecedented” bill requiring California State and University of California college health centers to provide medication for abortions.

Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

WASHINGTON – The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.