Despite facing possible defeat by federal lawmakers, the nation's capital has joined six states in the country in allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.
Updated with video: The U.S. regional meeting's final statement called all faith communities to declare themselves sanctuaries for the discriminated.
World Meeting of Popular Movements: Pope Francis hails the nearly 700 participants in his message to the gathering in Modesto. "You must become a Samaritan," he tells them.
Fr. Chuong Hoai Nguyen has offered to surrender his American citizenship so that Trump could confer it on a refugee who would be barred under the president's controversial travel ban.
Oakland Bishop Michael Barber said the closures are needed to stop financial "hemorrhaging." Five schools will close in June, affecting about 640 students and 90 employees.
Denying a former employee's charges of a "kickback" scheme, leaders of the group for clergy abuse survivors say David Clohessy's resignation was in place months before SNAP was sued.
More than 500 engaged in the struggle for human rights are expected at the February regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a project embraced by Pope Francis.
On the ballot: Voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control.
Working groups offer "a promising model for healing and bridge-building ... and the American church needs this desperately," says one adviser to the diocesan family synod.
Legalizing Marijuana: Catholic leaders are urging voters to reject propositions to allow recreational marijuana