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March 13, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Sorting Through the Latest on the Coronavirus

As news, updates, and reactions on COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, continues to dominate media everywhere, there are several updates on the Catholic front to note.

March 13, 2020 News, News

WASHINGTON - Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.

March 6, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Physician-Assisted Suicide Supporters Push for Expansion

As they usually do soon after getting laws passed, supporters of physician-assisted suicide are looking for ways to make it easier for more people to end their life with the aid of a doctor.

February 28, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

U.S. Senate Rejects Pro-Life Bills

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate failed to advance two pro-life bills – the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). The Pain-Capable bill would protect unborn children from late-term abortions. The Born-Alive bill would prohibit infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve their life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

February 21, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

Governor Focuses on Homelessness in State of the State


Breaking tradition, Governor Gavin Newsom spent almost his entire State of the State address this week focusing on the homeless epidemic in California and urging the Legislature to find a solution.

In his speech, the Governor called the current environment a ‘disgrace’ and asked the Legislature to pass laws that would roll back regulations that stall progress on new housing for the homeless and give authorities more leeway in insisting on treatment for the mentally ill.

February 18, 2020 News, News

Every year, around 40,000 Catholics gather in southern California for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Religious Education Congress.  Workshops and worships services lead by prominent Catholic leaders and writers create a collective atmosphere of prayer, learning and discernment.

February 7, 2020 News, News

California’s 2020 Primary Election is less than a month away, and the California Catholic Conference (CCC) has several resources available to become an informed voter.

February 7, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

USCCB Voices Opposition to Further Restrictions to Immigration and Family Reunification

The President issued a proclamation last week restricting the issuance of immigrant visas to people from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria. People from Sudan and Tanzania will no longer be eligible for certain visas to come to the United States, commonly called “Diversity Visas.”

January 31, 2020 News, Public Policy Insights

CA Bishops Meet with Pope Francis for ‘Ad Limina’ Visit

Thirty-three bishops, auxiliary bishops and retired bishops from California, Nevada, and Hawaii met Pope Francis for more than two-and-a-half hours last Sunday for the “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) visit. An "ad limina" visit is a papal meeting required for every diocesan bishop in the world to provide an update on the state of his diocese.

January 30, 2020 News, News

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed the Trump Administration to broaden the benefit programs that would deem a migrant ineligible for admission to the United States.

For decades, if a migrant was likely to need General Assistance, long-term institutionalization at the government’s expense or disability income, he or she was not allowed to immigrate.