Category: National and International

El Paso priest: ‘So many funerals,’

WASHINGTON | Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of… Read more »

Archbishop: ‘You cannot be a Catholic and sit on the sidelines’

WASHINGTON | In a crowded bar, bustling with young adult Catholics from the Washington area for the monthly Theology on Tap, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory shared his pain over what this archdiocese suffered in the past year due to priestly abuse scandals, and encouraged the young adults to turn to the Eucharist as a source… Read more »

Bishops: New green card rule undermines family unity

Washington D.C., | The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has voiced opposition to a new “public charge” policy that could deny visas and green cards to immigrants who use, or are deemed likely to use, various public welfare programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, or housing assistance. The rule was announced on August 12… Read more »

4 Mississippi bishops condemn roundup of workers

JACKSON, Miss. | Mississippi’s Catholic bishops joined with the state’s Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran bishops in condemning the Trump administration’s Aug. 7 raid on seven food processing plants in the state to round up workers in the country illegally. Such raids “only serve to … cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their… Read more »

Pope calls on nations to protect lives, dignity of victims

VATICAN CITY | Marking the anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, Pope Francis urged nations to recall the need to protect the life and dignity of the victims of war and armed conflict. “Everyone is required to observe the limits imposed by international humanitarian law, protecting unarmed populations and civil structures, especially hospitals, schools, places of… Read more »

Catholic Extension announces aid for families of deported breadwinners

CHICAGO | Catholic Extension will be helping families left without their main financial supporter in Mississippi, where families lost their breadwinner after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement carried out massive raids Aug. 7. Federal authorities said they arrested 680 people at various food processing plants in the Southern state, in what may be one of… Read more »

Florida’s abortion rights head back to court for reevaluation

Orlando  |  A recent ruling in the Florida courts might serve as another incremental step in witnessing a changing in the tide of legal abortions in the Sunshine State. Although passing in 2015, Florida’s 24-hour abortion law only saw its effects for a brief moment in 2016. The ACLU argued the law had negative consequences… Read more »

Parish priest near shooting: ‘Let’s take care of each other’

WASHINGTON | When Father Michael Lewis, parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in El Paso, Texas, first heard about the shooting that took place a mile and a half from his parish, he said he would do whatever was needed. Right away, that turned out to be providing a place for prayer. So, the… Read more »

With Venezuela in a free fall, its bishops call out the government

WASHINGTON | Bishop Jose Trinidad Fernandez has seen up close the downward spiral of his native Venezuela. The capital city of Caracas, where he has worked for the last two decades, has in recent years seen tear gas attacks, physical assaults on citizens by government forces, and hungry and malnourished crowds asking for help in… Read more »

Pope explains aim of synod, warns against nationalism

VATICAN CITY | The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an “urgent” gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization, Pope Francis said in a new interview. However, the importance of the Amazon region’s biodiversity and current threats it faces also will be… Read more »