Category: National and International

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

WASHINGTON | A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants. McAllen city commissioners voted Feb. 11 to vacate within 90 days the… Read more »

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis

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Vatican City | Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered this week the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, and a once powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and political circles in the U.S. and around the world. The decision followed an administrative penal process… Read more »

Florida Catholic school’s prayer service marks school shooting anniversary

PARKLAND | One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims. The event was attended by teachers, staff, students, parents and invited guests, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and the parents, family… Read more »

Cardinal warns against being silent, in error about Catholic faith

VATICAN CITY | To keep silent about the truths of the Catholic faith or to teach the contrary is a form of religious deception that comes from the anti-Christ, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller. The purpose of the church and its members, he said, is to lead people to Jesus, so all Catholics, but especially priests… Read more »

Weeklong observance in U.S. celebrates ‘beauty and gift of marriage’

WASHINGTON | National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities for “building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. The archbishop, who is chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S…. Read more »

Mexican shelters strain with arrival of asylum-seekers at U.S. border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico | Gangs in Honduras first threated Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully. In his absence, the gangs threatened Garcia, sending her on the migrant path with her children, ages 2 and 5…. Read more »

Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions

VATICAN CITY | That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing. Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, a leading authority for many Sunni Muslims, stepped into the debate Feb. 4 when they… Read more »

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a ‘crime against humanity’

Washington D.C.  |  Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared a blockade stopping food and medical aid from entering the country to a war crime. The senator said leaders of the country’s security forces must choose between their orders and the needs of their families, neighbors and… Read more »

To ignore trafficking is to be complicit in the crime, pope says

VATICAN CITY  |  To be indifferent to or ignore human trafficking and modern-day slavery would be to become an accomplice to those crimes, Pope Francis said. “Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times,” he said in a video explaining his prayer intention for the month of February. “We cannot… Read more »

Trump defends rights of faith-based adoption agencies at prayer breakfast

WASHINGTON | Touting efforts to protect religious freedom, President Donald Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast that his administration would defend the right of faith-based adoption agencies to place children in families based on firmly held religious beliefs. “We will always protect our country’s proud tradition of faith-based adoption,” Trump said. “My administration is working… Read more »