Category: National and International

Blessed Rother ‘an authentic light’ for church and world, says cardinal

OKLAHOMA CITY  |  If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother “fills us with sadness,” it also “gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City. The 13 years Blessed Rother… Read more »

Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

CUERNAVACA, Mexico  |  Donations from Caritas chapters across Mexico started streaming into affected areas after an earthquake rocked central Mexico Sept. 19, claiming more than 300 lives, leveling homes and churches and leaving thousands homeless. Some of those donations being trucked into Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, were stopped, however, and diverted to… Read more »

Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage

WASHINGTON | The latest version of a Republican measure in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act must be amended to protect poor and vulnerable Americans, said the chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees. “As you consider the Graham-Cassidy legislation as a possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act, we urge you to think… Read more »

Bishop calls on U.S. to provide aid, act to resolve Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON | A prominent bishop has called on the U.S. government to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar while under attack. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, urged the administration Sept. 22 to aid… Read more »

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

WASHINGTON | Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20. When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings,… Read more »

Bishop, Caritas staffer say situation in Mexico serious, much aid needed

MEXICO CITY  |  A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed. “The situation is complicated, because the first earthquake (Sept. 7) had already affected thousands of people in Chiapas and Oaxaca,” Alberto Arciniega, head of communications for… Read more »

Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of “zero tolerance” toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults. Having listened to abuse survivors and having made what he described as a mistake in approving a more lenient set of sanctions against an Italian priest abuser, the pope… Read more »

Workers see humanitarian crisis as Rohingya flee Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh | Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, fleeing violence in which at least 1,000 were killed in just two weeks. The roadside and areas along the… Read more »

Priest recounts tale of capture, liberation

VATICAN CITY | Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location — one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment — when he received some unexpected news. “Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), ‘I bring you good news. We are sending… Read more »

Pope says he hopes Trump reconsiders DACA decision

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA  |  Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said. Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred… Read more »