Category: National and International

China makes preaching patriotism compulsory to reopen churches

BEIJING | Catholics are upset about a directive from China’s communist government asking priests to “preach on patriotism” as a condition for reopening liturgical services, suspended earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. reported the Catholic Patriotic Association and the Chinese Catholic educational administration committee of Zhejiang province jointly issued a notice May… Read more »

Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

VATICAN CITY | Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion. Addressing all “dear brothers and sisters in the United States” during his livestreamed general audience June… Read more »

Knights ‘praying for years’ for founder’s beatification, says Anderson

WASHINGTON | Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, may be an ideal prospective saint for the current age, said Carl L. Anderson, supreme knight of the international fraternal order. “We’ve been praying for years for this to occur, and finally this day has arrived,” he told Catholic News Service May 27…. Read more »

USCCB head: Killing of Floyd is a ‘sin that cries out to heaven for justice’

WASHINGTON | The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis “was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice,” and protests taking place nationwide “reflect the justified frustration and anger” of millions of Americans who today suffer because of racism, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “But the… Read more »

Faith leaders call for ‘Day of Mourning and Lament’ for victims of virus

SILVER SPRING, Md. | The Leadership Conference of Women Religious said May 27 it will join a group of over 100 national faith leaders — from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions — who have called for a National Day of Mourning and Lament June 1 for those who have died from COVID-19. The group is… Read more »

Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with those who agree on a certain interpretation of Christian teaching, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 31 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope… Read more »

USCCB chairmen release statement in wake of death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.   Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the… Read more »

St. Augustine bishop writes letter promoting importance of human life

ORLANDO  |  Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine is quite familiar with upholding the Church’s moral stance to protect all human life. In his fifth pastoral letter that covers the negative consequences of the death penalty, Bishop Estévez  uses Scripture, various quotes from popes and other advocates against capital punishment to display… Read more »

Legendary coach: Winner in football and faith

Dolphins fans knew Don Shula for his success on the field. But those blessed to see Shula off the field knew that he was every bit as successful in his Catholic faith. He just wouldn’t show it. “What impressed me the most was that he did not lord it over people,” said Father Juan Sosa,… Read more »