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Court orders North Carolina, West Virginia to fund sex changes in state health care plans

Apr 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement that this decision “cannot stand” and he intends to appeal... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington, D.C.

U.S. bishops reflect on ‘rallying cry’ of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Archbishop Timothy Broglio said that the renowned civil rights leader taught that “we must confront the evils of racism and... Read more


Catholic bishops take issue with Biden administration’s proposed LGBT discrimination rules

Sep 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The bishops warned that within the operation of Catholic charities, an HHS rule would “create conflicts between the [rule’s] requirements... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Religious freedom conflicts ahead after Michigan Supreme Court redefines sex

Aug 2, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Michigan Supreme Court decision that state civil rights law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation may conflict... Read more

We March with Selma. Via Flickr CC BY NC 2.0.

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

Jan 17, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Sister Mary Antona Ebo was the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.... Read more

D.C. skyline.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

Jan 18, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Mar 28, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

Dec 3, 2015

By Matt Hadro

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bishops offer encouragement on anniversary of civil rights march

Aug 14, 2013

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

Jul 4, 2013

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Archbishop praises MLK's letter from jail as prophetic

Apr 16, 2013

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

Jan 21, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Jan 20, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

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

May 10, 2012

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