Category: National and International

Gomez: Nation has ‘moral obligation’ to keep promise to DACA recipients

LOS ANGELES | The “failures” of the nation’s leaders in Washington to make “comprehensive reforms to immigration policy “cut across party lines, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles. These failures date back to 1986, he said, which was the last time Congress passed immigration reform. Ahead of the oral arguments on the Deferred… Read more »

Getty Fire impacts Catholic university, schools, retired sisters

WASHINGTON | The Getty Fire that began whipping through mountain communities west of Los Angeles during the early hours of Oct. 28 caused the closure of several local Catholic schools, the evacuation of students and staff at Mount St. Mary’s University and a call for the retired sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet to shelter… Read more »

Nationals’ Catholic chaplain calls World Series team his parish

WASHINGTON | After the Washington Nationals won the World Series Oct. 30, the team’s chaplain said the players’ example carried a spiritual message that goes beyond baseball. “Their witness is an inspiration not only to others in baseball but to all of us: ‘Stay in the fight,’ he said, referring to the team’s rallying cry…. Read more »

Siblings born two minutes apart continue strong bond as religious sisters

INDIANAPOLIS | Benedictine Sisters Jill and Susan Reuber have often shared the same path in life, but their roads to their religious vocations took different turns. They were born within two minutes of each other, part of triplets with their brother Eric. Growing up, the sisters shared a bedroom and a car, became best friends… Read more »

Biden denied Communion at Mass during campaign stop in South Carolina

FLORENCE, S.C. | Former Vice President Joe Biden attended the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church Oct. 27 and when he presented himself to receive the Eucharist was refused by the pastor. “Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Father Robert Morey wrote in a… Read more »

U.S. bishop supports synod call to study diaconate for women

VATICAN CITY | Most of the proposals of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, including the idea of ordaining some married men, are deliberately specific suggestions that would apply only to the Amazon region, said Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego. However, he said, the proposal to continue to study the possibility of… Read more »

Hong Kong bishop reminds people that all involved in protests are human

HONG KONG |As demonstrations pitting pro-government groups against pro-democracy protesters continue, a bishop urged Catholics to pray for the realization that all are humans and not “cockroaches or dogs.” Ucanews.org reported Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong addressed a prayer gathering of some 300 people Oct. 26 at Chater Garden in the Chinese-administered… Read more »

Synod: Caring for common home requires deep ecological conversion

VATICAN CITY | The “unprecedented” environmental and social crisis in the Amazon calls for “a deep personal, social and structural conversion” that leads to new ways of caring for “our common home,” according to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. In seeking new forms of development that are just and promote solidarity, the church… Read more »

‘Pro-lifers should follow example of Mary’

ST. AUGUSTINE  |  In today’s polarized world where the word outrage is used often, Florida’s newest bishop urged pro-life advocates to follow the example of Mary, mother of Jesus, “by pondering, by reflecting, by quieting ourselves” to hear God’s voice.  “When God speaks to us, it is a voice that speaks of peace,” said Bishop… Read more »

Florida’s capital punishment reform major topic in Church

ORLANDO   |  Death row executions across America have been dropping each year. But is that reason enough to rejoice?  Currently, 29 of the 50 states still have an active death penalty system. The Sunshine State is one of them. Many Catholic Floridians would like to see their state rid itself of the ultimate punishment… Read more »