Category: National and International

Cardinal Tobin joins Catholics protesting detention

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, blessed and then prayed near a group of Catholics who blocked a crosswalk, arranging themselves in the shape of a cross in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark Sept. 4, to protest the detention of children and families in immigration facilities. About 400… Read more »

Resident: Death toll in Bahamas likely higher than reported

MIAMI | The Bahamanian government’s estimated death toll from Hurricane Dorian is likely to rise if and when members of the Haitian immigrant community are accounted for and when search and rescue operations begin in earnest, said an attorney in the Bahamas. Geoffrey Farquharson, who lives in Nassau where he practices private law, said two… Read more »

Century-old ‘Bishops’ Program’ highlights Labor Day statement

WASHINGTON | The 1919 “Bishops’ Program for Social Reconstruction” was showcased in this year’s Labor Day statement to demonstrate how so many of the issues the bishops touched upon a century ago in the wake of World War I’s end still resonate in improving the conditions of workers today. “It is worth revisiting the ‘Bishops’… Read more »

‘You have to have faith,’ Bahamian resident says of Dorian recovery

WASHINGTON | Cathy Nottage, a resident of Elbow Cay — an 8-mile-long stretch in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas — has had to take a lot of things by faith in the days since Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas and left much of the islands in rubble or underwater. She and her husband… Read more »

Why should Catholics care about the Hong Kong protests?

Hong Kong, China | The people of Hong Kong are no strangers to political protest. Large-scale demonstrations have rocked the island territory since early June, when an estimated 1 million marchers took to the streets, chanting and singing. The protests began as a response to a controversial bill, put forth in February by the government… Read more »

Pope in Mozambique talks peace and politics

MAPUTO, Mozambique | With a courtesy and solemnity seldom seen at a gathering of opposing political leaders, Mozambican politicians came together a month before their general election to welcome Pope Francis and pledge to work for peace and the common good. The elections Oct. 15 will see the current president, Filipe Nyusi, leader of the… Read more »

Laicized cardinal, in interview, continues to deny abuse allegations

WASHINGTON | Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington who was laicized last February following a Vatican trial on sexual abuse charges leveled against him, continued to deny he had abused anyone in an August interview with the online journal Slate. “I’m not as bad as they paint me,” McCarrick told Slate, which… Read more »

Parkland survivors, U.S. bishops have much in common on gun violence

WASHINGTON | After the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018 — this century’s Valentine’s Day Massacre — students who survived the attack have made the case for stricter gun laws, organizing under the banner March for Our Lives. On Aug. 21, March for… Read more »

Pope, bishops urge action to save burning rainforest

VATICAN CITY | Describing the Amazon rainforest as “vital for our planet,” Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. “We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon,” the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus… Read more »

Bishop: Wildfires point to urgency of Amazon synod

LIMA, Peru | Wildfires raging in Bolivia and Brazil underscore the urgency of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon that Pope Francis has called for October, said Bishop Eugenio Coter of the apostolic vicariate of Pando in northern Bolivia. Fires in the Bolivian Amazon have burned an area about the size of Connecticut and… Read more »