Category: National and International

Bishops say they face angry questions over mishandling of abuse reports

BALTIMORE | U.S. bishops admitted during a wide-ranging discussion during their fall general assembly that parishioners are angry and continually ask how a charismatic clergyman was able to rise through church ranks despite widespread knowledge of allegations that he sexually abused seminarians and boys. The predicament in which the church finds itself stemming from the… Read more »

Protesters gather outside U.S. bishops’ meeting, call for change

BALTIMORE | As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened a Day of Prayer at the Fall Bishops General Assembly Nov. 12, John McKeon was the first to walk a path along Aliceanna Street outside the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, just after 9 a.m. Along with his wife, Karen Greklek, he made the journey from New… Read more »

Spanish bishop urges solidarity among nations to resolve migrant crisis

MADRID | The deaths of up to 35 migrants in the Strait of Gibraltar in a single day prompted a Spanish bishop to call for greater solidarity among the nations of the region to resolve the crisis. Bishop Juan Menendez Fernandez of Astorga, president of the Spanish bishops’ commission on migration, said the 18 confirmed… Read more »

Melkite Catholic bishops criticize deteriorating Palestinian situation

BEIRUT | Melkite Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting for their synod, criticized the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories and rejected Israel’s Nation State Law. In a final statement following their Nov. 5-10 synod in Rabweh, Lebanon, the bishops underscored “the seriousness of the oppression and the violation of the rights of innocent… Read more »

World has not learned lessons from Great War, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means… Read more »

Archbishop Gomez: ‘Pray hard’ for all affected by Calif. shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez urged those attending a prayer vigil Nov. 8 to honor the memory of the victims killed in a shooting spree the evening before “by living our lives with greater intensity and purpose and with greater love for one another.” “May our Lord in his mercy… Read more »

Catholic agencies closely monitor giving after clergy sex abuse shock

WASHINGTON | Leaders and fundraisers at Catholic organizations are cautiously monitoring the level of donations and gifts as the end-of-the-year giving season approaches, hoping that the clergy sexual abuse scandal won’t negatively affect their bottom line. While most of the professionals contacted by Catholic News Service said it is too early yet to see what… Read more »

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a ‘bump in the road’

BALTIMORE | A Vatican-requested delay in adopting practices that are expected to boost accountability among U.S. bishops in their response to clergy sex abuse is a “bump in the road,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told reporters Nov. 12 that the Congregation for Bishops… Read more »

Asia Bibi’s acquittal of blasphemy challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

MANCHESTER, England | The acquittal of a Pakistani Catholic woman sentenced to hang for blasphemy is to be challenged in the country’s Supreme Court, according to her husband. Three judges of the court ordered Oct. 31 that the death sentence against Asia Bibi, a mother of five, was to be set aside and she was… Read more »

Caravan heads to Mexico City; Guadalupe basilica opens for migrants

CORDOBA, Mexico | The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico has started arriving in Mexico City, where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine, has opened its shelter for pilgrims to weary Central American migrants. At least 1,000 migrants departed Nov. 5 from Cordoba, 190 miles southeast of… Read more »