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Venerable Solanus Casey had local ties

On a hot July morning in 1987, Holy Names Sister Anne Herkenrath stood by the grave of her great-uncle Father Solanus Casey, who had been buried 30 years previously. The cause for his canonization had recently begun, and Sister Anne was one of two family members invited to witness the exhumation of his body at the Capuchin Monastery in Detroit, Mich.

Abortion bill a threat to religious liberty, federal funds

Bishops support spending for farmworker housing, toxic chemicals ban, parental notification for abortions.

The Washington State House of Representatives’ Health and Wellness Committee held a hearing on Jan. 31 regarding legislation that would make Washington the first state to require insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Life issues, safety-net top legislative agenda

With a $2 billion deficit looming, the state’s bishops advocate for the poor, vulnerable and unborn

Defeating legislation that would mandate abortion coverage in health insurance plans and preserving funding for safety-net services will be top priorities for the bishops of Washington state during the 105-day state legislative session, which began Jan. 14.