Category: National and International

Caritas Syria: Air strikes reopened wounds, but agency still able to help

AMMAN, Jordan | Caritas Syria said the recent massive missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France, intended to weaken Syria’s chemical weapons capability, have not hindered its assistance to the country’s poor and internally displaced. “We have enough pain in our lives, we don’t need any more,” said Sandra Awad, communications director for… Read more »

As economic crisis drags on, Venezuelan nuns forced to turn away elderly

CARACAS, Venezuela | The most dreaded part of Sister Emilia Rivero’s day comes each morning. When she opens the door to the nursing home she runs in downtown Caracas, she almost always finds six to eight senior citizens, sometimes with their families, waiting outside, hoping she has space. Sister Rivero usually must turn them away…. Read more »

Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

VATICAN CITY | Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England. “If Your Holiness helps our child, Your Holiness will be potentially saving the future for our children in the… Read more »

Philippines to deport Australian nun, 71, who advocated for farmers

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine authorities have arrested, detained and intend to deport a 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. Ucanews.com reported immigration officers arrested Sister Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City April 16. Although the prosecutor in charge “found… Read more »

In Henan, Chinese Catholics warned to follow rules on religious affairs

HONG KONG | Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs. Ucanews.com reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run… Read more »

‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope

ROME | After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How… Read more »

USCCB migration chair shares concerns prompted by border troops

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration committee said April 11 he agrees with concerns raised issued by U.S. bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump’s call to deploy National Guard troops to the region. “Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country… Read more »

Rwanda genocide’s lesson: Don’t be defined by the past

American witness to 1994 massacres spreads good news of healing that followed MIAMI | When Gabriela Latimer was in eighth grade, her teacher advised her not to pursue a history project on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, deeming it too graphic. Over 800,000 people were killed in about 100 days, so the teacher had a… Read more »

To honor Rev. King, work harder for justice, U.S. bishops urge

WASHINGTON  |  Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, “we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee said March 28. On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray gunned… Read more »

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

VATICAN CITY | Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. “I am deeply disturbed by the current world situation, in which, despite the instruments available to international community, it struggles to… Read more »