Category: National and International

Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON | The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as significant today” as they were in 1997 and 2005, when the council earlier analyzed the harms of such laws. “NCD’s concerns, then and now, stem from… Read more »

Florida Marian shrine elevated to national status

Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine honors devotion to the nursing mother of Jesus ST. AUGUSTINE | America’s oldest Marian Shrine, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, has been elevated to a National Shrine by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estévez made… Read more »

Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

LONDON | The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal hemorrhage at the intercession of St. John Henry Newman has described his canonization as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes.” Melissa Villalobos attended the Oct. 13 ceremony at the Vatican with her husband and their seven children, and together they carried the offertory gifts to… Read more »

Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

AMMAN, Jordan | Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them. “There are big concerns about what is going on in northeastern Syria with the Turkish military aerial assaults and ground operations,” Father Emanuel… Read more »

Pope criticizes cruelty of world marked by hunger, obesity, food waste

VATICAN CITY | Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said. “We are, in fact, witnessing how food is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal… Read more »

Catholics arrested with other faith groups protesting low cap for refugees

WASHINGTON | Catholics joined an array of faith communities, human rights groups, clergy, refugees and refugee resettlement agencies gathered outside the U.S. Capitol Oct. 15 protesting deep cuts to the refugee admissions program. Some shouted “Jesus was a refugee” toward the Capitol as others, including a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for population, refugees… Read more »

U.S. cardinal: Synod is not a “referendum” on priestly celibacy

VATICAN CITY | The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not a “referendum” on priestly celibacy; it is looking for ways to provide for the sacramental life and formation of the people there, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston said. “Because one of the themes is the terrible shortage of priests in the… Read more »

Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY | Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said. “The culmination of the journey of faith is to live a life of continual thanksgiving. Let us ask ourselves: Do we,… Read more »

In death penalty discussion, U.S. bishops emphasize human dignity, mercy

WASHINGTON | The Catholic Church’s opposition to the death penalty stems from its view on the sacredness of human life and the value of mercy, said U.S. bishops in a roundtable discussion about capital punishment Oct. 10. The discussion, which was livestreamed by Catholic News Service, took place on the World Day Against the Death… Read more »

Lawyer witnesses humanity beyond death sentence

TAMPA  |  The first time Brenna Egan met her client Bobby Joe Long in person was also the last time he saw him alive.  After speaking with him over the phone for a month, the lawyer with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Tampa visited him at Florida State Prison in Starke May 22, a… Read more »