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CATHOLIC FOSTER CARE A federal appeals court ruled that the City of Philadelphia is allowed to bar Catholic Social Services from finding families for foster children because the organization would not renounce its religious beliefs about marriage and family.  READ
TRANSGENDER CASE The Supreme Court announced that it will hear three cases on whether federal law against discrimination applies to sexual orientation and gender identity. One case involves an employee at Harris Funeral Homes who began dressing as a women after disclosing that he was ‘transitioning’ to a woman.  READ
IMMIGRATION VISAS  President Trump has signed a memo giving the State and Homeland Security departments 120 days to come up with proposals to deal with people who overstay their visas. The Trump administration noted that 415,000 individuals were believed to have remained in the U.S. after overstaying their nonimmigrant visas during fiscal year 2018.  READ 
PORN RESTRICTIONS The United Kingdom has again delayed the launch of restrictions on online porn. A planned online verification system, meant to prevent people under 18 years old from viewing pornography, is now scheduled to launch mid-summer.  READ 
HERMAN CAIN OUT  Herman Cain has asked President Trump to withdraw his nomination for the Federal Reserve Board of Directors.  READ 
TIME TO ORGANIZE Social conservatives need to get to work, not give up, says Jennifer Roback Morse. “Let’s mobilize the victims and survivors of the sexual revolution into a force for social change.”  READ 
SRI LANKA  Critics have panned Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for refusing to use the word “Christians” to describe the slaughter in Sri Lanka, instead referring to those slaughtered as “Easter worshippers.”  READ 
IGNORANCE OF RELIGION  From the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the bombings in New Dehli on Easter Sunday, the mainstream media has displayed an incredible ignorance of religion.  READ 
SAINT OF THE DAY  Slayer of dragons, rescuer of a king’s daughter, and other legends seem to cling to Saint George. What we do know for sure is that he was willing to shed his blood for the faith. Even though the details may be sparse, the fact of his courage and holiness is enough.  READ 
DAILY READINGS  “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps 33:4) READ 

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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

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