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(Vatican Radio) The European Commission, the EU's executive, has opened an inquiry into whether new Polish laws break European Union democracy rules. The procedure comes amid EU concerns that recently adopted legislation limits press freedom and reduces the power of the country's top court.Listen to the report by Stefan Bos:  European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced Wednesday that his executive will carry out a preliminary assessment of the state of democracy in Poland amid wider worries that eastern Europe is slipping back into its authoritarian past. This is the first step in what is known as the EU's rule of law mechanism, an extensive procedure that could ultimately lead to suspending Poland's voting rights in the 28 nation-EU. The procedure comes shortly after Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved controversial laws enabling the recently elected right-wing Law and Justice party-led government to appoint and dismiss th...
 WASHINGTON-In light of recent enforcement actions conducted by the Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of deporting 121 individuals, primarily mothers with children, the bishops who chair the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network called for an end to such practices.In a letter sent to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, January 11, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration and Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, chairman of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC), urged the administration to end such practices that began in early January and have targeted individuals in Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.  "We find such targeting of immigrant women and children - most of whom fled violence and persecution in their home countries - to be inhumane and a grave misuse of limited enforcement resources," the bi...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest on President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address. All times EST:...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lamenting the nation's persistently deep divides, President Barack Obama will declare Tuesday night that opportunity and security for American families "will only happen if we fix our politics."...
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HOUSTON (AP) -- An NFL committee exploring moving teams to Los Angeles has recommended the combined stadium proposal involving Oakland and San Diego over St. Louis owner Stan Kroenke's ambitious plan for another venue, a person with knowledge of the vote said Tuesday....
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans and Democrats joined together Tuesday to overwhelmingly approve legislation that aims to punish North Korea for conducting its latest nuclear test....
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Deep inside the Grand Canyon, on river trips that stretch for weeks, National Park Service workers have preyed on their female colleagues, demanding sex and retaliating against women who refused, a federal investigation found....
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman followed the most intensive manhunt in modern Mexican history, with at least 2,500 security and intelligence agents dedicated to getting a man whose escape had personally embarrassed the nation's president....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Dale GavlakBy Dale GavlakAMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- Withcrises in Syria and Iraq deepening, Catholic bishops on a solidarity visit withthe "forgotten" Christians of the Middle East are urging stepped-uppeace efforts to resolve conflicts tearing apart the troubled region. Highlighting the ongoing plightof Iraqi Christian refugees who face another winter of displacement, 18 monthsafter fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants, is also their topconcern. "They want a future whichis full of peace," Bishop Declan Lang of Bristol, England, said of theIraqi Christians who attended a packed, solemn Mass at Our Lady of Peace Centeron the hilly, tree-lined outskirts of the Jordanian capital. "These people are oftremendous faith, and that's where they find their identity. What we are tryingto say to them is that you are not forgotten," Bishop Lang told CatholicNews Service.Bishop Lang has been leading 12bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America on the third and fin...
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