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The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King

Last year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day marked the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun... Read more

D.C. skyline.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

A new division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work to ensure the protection of... Read more

Alveda King meets with Pope Francis in Vatican City on Dec. 13, 2017.

MLK's niece: Pro-life work continues my uncle's legacy

Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and longtime pro-life advocate, has it in her blood to... Read more

Statue of justice.

New HHS official has strong background in religious freedom, civil rights

A new high-ranking official at the Department of Health and Human Services could give the agency a significant shift in... Read more

Rosa Parks, with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background, c. 1955.

Fighting injustice 'is going to hurt' – the legacy of Rosa Parks

The legacy of Rosa Parks, 60 years after her arrest for civil disobedience, is that Catholics must fight injustice even... Read more

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Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Half a century after the famous civil rights march in Washington, D.C., significant progress towards justice has been made, but... Read more


Bishops stress need to secure voting rights

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S.... Read more

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Archbishop praises MLK's letter from jail as prophetic

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was “direct and prophetic” in its call for justice and... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. speaks during a press conference in the Vatican Press Office.

Cardinal says MLK's witness shows need for cultural conscience

The momentous life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., indicate the important role of faith as the conscience... Read more

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MLK was Christ-inspired, says head Knight of Peter Claver

Martin Luther King Day is a time to promote racial harmony in America and honor the slain civil rights leader... Read more

Archbishop Thomas Wenski at the Pontifical North American College, May 10, 2012.

MLK should inspire response to 'gay marriage,' Miami archbishop says

The legacy of Martin Luther King and the American civil rights movement of the 1960s should inspire Catholics in their... Read more