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Statue of Margaret Sanger at the Old South Meeting House museum in Boston

Pro-life advocates: Planned Parenthood can’t just wish away Margaret Sanger’s racism, eugenics

After the head of Planned Parenthood promised to “reckon with” founder Margaret Sanger’s connections to racism and eugenics, pro-life advocates... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks at the San Francisco for Unity prayer service against racism.

Archbishop Cordileone calls for ‘inoculation against racism’

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco last week condemned violence against Asian people in the United States, drawing comparisons between... Read more

Loyola Chicago's 1963 championship basketball team

‘Heroes’ and ‘villains’: The history of Catholic college basketball and race relations

In the history of Catholic college basketball and race, there are both “heroes” and “villains,” said one author of a... Read more

Bishop Oscar Solis

‘Give them hope’: How parishes can be a light amid violence and racism

Transforming communities to become more inclusive and accepting places must begin at the parish level, Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt... Read more

Mar 21, 2021: Demonstrators in Portland denounce violence against Asian Americans after the Atlanta spa shootings. Credit: Tada Images/Shutterstock

USCCB condemns racist violence, prays for victims, after Atlanta shootings

The U.S. bishops’ conference denounced racism and violence following last week’s shootings in Atlanta that killed six Asian women.  Read more

Thea Bowman, as a postulant   Credit: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

The hidden history of Black Catholic nuns in the U.S.

Black Catholic nuns have made manifold contributions to the Church in the United States, and theirs is a story that... Read more

Philadelphia archdiocese addresses race and Catholicism in Zoom event

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted a Zoom conference on “Race and Catholicism” for more than 200 Catholics last week. Read more

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Credit: Julian Fong via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Pope Francis praises Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘timely’ message of peace

Pope Francis said on Monday that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream “of harmony and equality for all people” is still relevant today.  Read more

Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, who has praised the 'Open Wide Our Hearts' online exhibit from the Green Bay diocese.

Virtual photo exhibit seeks to tell diverse Catholics' stories

The U.S. bishops on Tuesday praised a virtual exhibit created by the Diocese of Green Bay, which features portraits of... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland speaks during the USCCB Fall Assembly 2020.

US bishops denounce racist violence and 'fringe ideology'

After a summer of mass protests and civil unrest, bishops from around the U.S. shared stories of confronting racism in... Read more

Everyone Belongs, Loyola Press, 2019.

Catholic bishops' anti-racism book wins prize for children's literature

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recently-released children’s book “Everyone Belongs” has won a gold medal in the Religion/Spirituality... Read more

Diocese of Arlington announces Bishop’s Advisory Council on Racism  

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, has formed an advisory council on racism, the diocese announced this week.  Read more

Black Catholic leader says Black Lives Matter organization 'ill-equipped to lead'

A Black Catholic leader said Friday that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is the wrong organization to lead... Read more

Bishops preach against racism on feast of St. Peter Claver

On the feast of St. Peter Claver, bishops in the U.S. preached on overcoming the sin of racism through God’s... Read more

A stained glass image of St. Peter Claver in St. Aloysius church, Glasgow.

Who was St. Peter Claver?

September 9 marks the Feast of St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit priest who ministered to African slaves in Colombia in... Read more

Photos of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery on a side altar at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. Courtesy photo.

New York parish anti-racism pledge prompts controversy

A New York priest said his parish added a “pledge for racial justice” to Masses as part of its anti-racism... Read more

Activists and directors of Planned Parenthood, NYC, gathered in Foley Square.

Black leaders blast 'systemic racism' of abortion in letter to Planned Parenthood

A coalition of Black leaders is calling out Planned Parenthood for “targeting” Black communities for abortions while professing to support... Read more

Archbishop Wilton Gregory at a Mass celebrated at the Capital One Arena before the 2020 March for Life.

On ‘March on Washington’ anniversary, DC archbishop calls for beatitudes

The Beatitudes provide a way forward in a time of suffering, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. said at a Mass... Read more

Demonstrators sit in the street, in front of law enforcement, Aug. 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wis. A third night of civil unrest occurred after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Kenosha Catholics praying for peace after third night of violence

Catholics in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are praying for peace after a third night of violence following the police shooting of Jacob... Read more

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Milwaukee archbishop prays for peace after Kenosha shooting

“The Church stands as a beacon of hope,” said Archbishop Jerome Listecki. “The sins of violence, injustice, racism and hatred must be... Read more