Category: National and International

India’s Sister Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

NEW DELHI | Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order. A baby born in Nirmal Hriday (Tender Heart) home in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi… Read more »

NY Times talks to men who got settlements after alleged abuse

NEW YORK | A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man. For one of the seminarians, the alleged abuse continued after he had been ordained… Read more »

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. The bishops said July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against… Read more »

Pulled from the sea, migrant’s rescue puts spotlight on Italian policy

ROME | Tweeting with hashtags that translate as “Closed ports” and “Open hearts,” Italy’s interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat. Matteo Salvini, the minister, has given strong support to Italy’s… Read more »

Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children

WASHINGTON | Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families by the government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholic organizations. About two dozen families in all were brought back together on that date with help from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic… Read more »

Journalist takes aim at fake papal news

VATICAN CITY | From the moment of his election, Pope Francis’ down-to-earth take on communicating the Gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticizing him. But his disarming and sometimes even blunt style also has meant he has become a popular target of “fake news.” In fact, there is enough of it… Read more »

USCCB head says Roe should not be litmus test for court nominees

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged U.S. senators July 6 not to support using the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion as a litmus test for confirming judicial nominees. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston wrote to members of the Senate, which will soon begin deliberations on President Donald… Read more »

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

COPAN, Honduras | Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes and has tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of… Read more »

Papers, chafing under weight of newsprint tariffs, seek relief

WASHINGTON | Newspapers of every type, Catholic papers included, are seeking relief from the U.S. government after six months of increased costs due to tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint. The Catholic Press Association, which includes English-speaking Canada, is a member of the STOPP Coalition, which has pressed the Commerce Department for relief. STOPP is an… Read more »

New cardinals see designation as mission of service

VATICAN CITY | Upon hearing the news that Pope Francis was elevating them to the College of Cardinals, many of the 14 new cardinals were shocked to hear the pope had chosen them. After the pope made the announcement May 20, Cardinal-designate Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, said he was incredulous when a parish priest… Read more »