Category: National and International

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with — like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when… Read more »

Pope says there is no quick fix for priest shortage in Amazon region

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue. In his apostolic exhortation, “Querida Amazonia” (“Beloved Amazonia”), which was released by the Vatican Feb. 12, the pope said that confronting the priest shortage simply… Read more »

Pope shares his ‘dreams’ for Amazon region, its Catholic community

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church is present and active with “Amazonian features.” In his apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia” (Beloved Amazonia), Pope Francis made no mention of the… Read more »

Human Rights Watch says deportees killed after return to El Salvador

MORELIA, Mexico | At least 138 Salvadorans have been murdered after being sent back to their violent Central American country from the United States, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. The report, released Feb. 5, also documented “more than 70 others, who were beaten, sexually assaulted, extorted or assaulted” by perpetrators ranging from… Read more »

Pope: Money from human trafficking stained with blood

VATICAN CITY | The hands of those who engage in human trafficking are stained with the blood of countless victims whose lives and dignity were sacrificed, Pope Francis said. In a video message released by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the pope offered his prayer intention for the month of February, which is titled, “Listen… Read more »

Bishops called to lead, serve with love, NC bishop says, at ad limina

ROME | Just as Christ spent his ministry healing and comforting the sick and the needy, bishops also must be a sign of charity in their dioceses, said Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina. Celebrating an early morning Mass Feb. 10 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Bishop Jugis said,… Read more »

Bishops applaud administration’s support for school choice proposal

WASHINGTON | The right of parents “to exercise freedom of choice in education is firmly rooted in the teachings of our Catholic faith,” two U.S. Catholic bishops said Feb. 5 in a joint statement on a federal proposal to expand parental choice for their children’s schooling. Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland, California, who is… Read more »

God’s word brings light to life’s dark corners, pope says at Mass

VATICAN CITY | God’s saving word doesn’t seek pristine and safe places to reside but instead goes in search of the dark corners of people’s lives that it can brighten, Pope Francis said. By taking his ministry to the “periphery” of Galilee, Jesus proves that God “wants to visit the very places we think he… Read more »

President tells March for Life attendees he welcomes their commitment to life

WASHINGTON |President Donald Trump credited attendees at the 47th annual March for Life for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children. President Donald Trump credited attendees at the 47th annual March for Life for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children. “Together we are the voice for… Read more »

Still healing island reels from series of earthquakes

‘Puerto Ricans are very strong, refuse to be defeated’ says Orlando Judicial Vicar ORLANDO | In the last three years, islands of the Caribbean have witnessed their majestic beauty compromised by several natural disasters. Puerto Rico, in particular, is still recovering from the monumental damage made from 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria. While 2019’s hurricane… Read more »