Category: National and International

Bishop at forefront of initiative says racism demands church’s attention

WASHINGTON  | By creating a committee to deal with racism, the country’s Catholic bishops are standing up for the American value of equality and for a Gospel that refutes the hatred and violence the country witnessed Aug. 11 and 12 during white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, said the bishop who will lead the effort…. Read more »

Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

WASHINGTON | Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas, area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that… Read more »

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

WASHINGTON  |  In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12. A 32-year-old paralegal, Heather D. Heyer, was killed… Read more »

Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

WASHINGTON | Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Writing Aug. 10, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico,… Read more »

Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries. The pope led pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of a deadly shooting Aug. 6 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, located in Nigeria’s southern state of Anambra. He also prayed… Read more »

Catholic groups ask Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ RAISE Act

WASHINGTON | Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and… Read more »

After repeal fails, ‘task remains’ to reform health care, says bishop

WASHINGTON  |  After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a “skinny” repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, the U.S. Catholic Church’s lead spokesman on the issue said the “task of reforming the health care system still remains.” The nation’s system under… Read more »

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

WASHINGTON  |  U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure “protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

Catholic leaders mourn for victims killed, injured in trafficking tragedy

SAN ANTONIO  |  The “completely senseless deaths” of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation they suffered from being held in a tractor-trailer “is an incomprehensible tragedy,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. “There are no words to convey the sadness, despair and, yes, even anger we feel today,” he said in… Read more »

Religious order welcomes gas pipeline opponents to pray at new ‘chapel’

WASHINGTON  |  As chapels go, the simple structure on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is not much. It’s more of an arbor, really: four posts and several cross boards built near a cornfield on farmland the sisters lease. Several pewlike benches are arranged around it. Still,… Read more »