Category: National and International

Hindus threaten missioners; bishop seeks protection for Christians

SAGAR, India | A Catholic bishop has sought protection for the Christian community in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh after Hindu nationalists marched through the streets waving burning torches and denouncing missionaries. The marchers on Nov. 10 accused Sagar district authorities of not acting upon complaints they filed against missionaries for violating a… Read more »

Detroit Catholics at ‘fever pitch’ over beatification of Father Casey

 DETROIT | For decades during the Great Depression and afterward, Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey was the “go-to” guy for those who were sick, poor, afflicted or discouraged in their faith. Standing at the doors of St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side, the holy friar would welcome dozens — if not hundreds — of… Read more »

Pope sends condolences after quake kills hundreds in Iran, Iraq

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis sent messages of condolence to people in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed more than 400 people, mostly in Iran. The pope “assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity,” said the nearly identical messages, released Nov. 13. “In expressing his sorrow to all who… Read more »

Nation’s leaders urged to ‘engage in real debate’ on curbing gun violence

WASHINGTON | The nation’s leaders “must engage in a real debate about needed measures to save lives and make our communities safer,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Such debate is essential because “violence in our society will not be solved by a single piece of legislation, and many factors contribute… Read more »

Tax bill called ‘unacceptable,’ some provisions ‘unconscionable’

WASHINGTON | The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 “is unacceptable” as currently written and it “contains many fundamental structural flaws that must be corrected,” said the chairmen of three committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a Nov. 9 letter to U.S. House members, the three bishops called for amendments to… Read more »

Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, Pope Francis said. That is why people need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass, he said. When the priest celebrating Mass says, “Let us lift up… Read more »

Black Catholic History Month called chance to learn, share rich history

CHARLESTON, S.C. | Sister Roberta Fulton, principal of St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia, gets excited every year about National Black Catholic History Month. She said that during the November celebration, she looks for ways to share how black Catholics have helped make the church what it is today. The principal, a member of… Read more »

Civility must guide debate on social challenges, USCCB president says

BALTIMORE | Acknowledging wide divisions in the country over issues such as health care, immigration reform, taxes and abortion, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for civility to return to the public debate. Contemporary challenges are great, but that they can be addressed without anger and with love Cardinal Daniel N…. Read more »

Advocates decry Homeland Security’s TPS decision for Nicaraguans

WASHINGTON | Immigration advocates decried a Department of Homeland Security decision to end Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans who have been living in the United States for nearly 20 years. They also lamented during a call with reporters Nov. 7 that Elaine Duke, acting secretary of Homeland Security, put off a decision on TPS… Read more »

USCCB president decries massive shooting at Baptist church in Texas town

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic Church stands “in unity” with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 25 people and injured several more. A 14-year-old girl, Annabelle Pomeroy, was among the dead. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor… Read more »