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High levels of 'forever chemicals' in children's school uniforms, study finds

Clothing items typical of school uniforms in Catholic schools could be sources of high levels of toxic "forever chemicals" and pose potentially serious health risks for the millions of students, according to a new study.

Prayers, support needed for those with Alzheimer's disease, pope says

Marking World Alzheimer's Day Sept. 21, Pope Francis asked people to pray for all those affected by the illness, including families and caregivers.

Strong education will build a 'better world,' cardinal tells U.N. summit

During a U.N. education summit, the Vatican's secretary of state reiterated Pope Francis' pre-pandemic call that education is "one of the most effective ways of making our work and history more human."

Pope calls for increased assistance to those hit by Hurricane Fiona

As Hurricane Fiona swept across the Caribbean, leaving behind numerous victims and material destruction, Pope Francis called for greater solidarity in assisting all those affected.

Pope praises Kazakhstan's support of nuclear weapons ban, peace

Kazakhstan's efforts to be a nation of encounter deserve to be encouraged and supported, Pope Francis said.

Catholic agencies near Martha's Vineyard are caring for transported migrants

Catholic groups are among state social service agencies, attorneys and others working to provide legal services, medical care, clothes, food and shelter for 48 migrants sent to Martha's Vineyard with no advance warning.

Celebrating the Season of Creation as a family

NCR Connections: To try and step our family's Season of Creation game, I've come up with three ways for our family — and possibly yours — to connect with God's creation during this month-plus celebration.

Catholic teaching on the human person points a way forward in US politics

Catholics in the U.S. are ensnared in a political binary, but as Cardinal Michael Czerny of the Vatican dicastery for integral human development explains, church teaching about the human person can show a way forward.

Omaha Archdiocese's new school policy alienates LGBTQ+ Catholics

Commentary: A new "Policy on Human Sexuality" ignores the synodal message of welcome and supports discrimination against students, parents, employees and volunteers at Catholic schools in Omaha, Nebraska.