Category: National and International

Pope Francis promotes Florida priest as new Texas bishop

Bishop-elect Toups to Florida faith family: ‘Thank you for loving me.’ ORLANDO | With bittersweet joy, June 9, 2020 will be remembered as a monumental day in the career of Mgsr. David L. Toups, rector and president of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. Because on June 9 Pope Francis made the announcement… Read more »

More Catholic bishops, laity join in ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

WASHINGTON | The streets in front of the White House of late have been filled with thousands of youthful faces carrying signs or wearing T-shirts calling for racial justice, with fists raised in the air, or posing for selfies with a large “Black Lives Matters” sign. That sign now hangs on a tall piece of… Read more »

Knights ask Catholics to pray novena for national unity, end to racism

NEW HAVEN, Conn. | The Knights of Columbus called on the nation’s Catholics to participate in a novena beginning June 7 to pray for national unity and an end to racism amid the unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. “We ask all people to come together… Read more »

China makes preaching patriotism compulsory to reopen churches

BEIJING | Catholics are upset about a directive from China’s communist government asking priests to “preach on patriotism” as a condition for reopening liturgical services, suspended earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ucanews.com reported the Catholic Patriotic Association and the Chinese Catholic educational administration committee of Zhejiang province jointly issued a notice May… Read more »

Online forum examines racism being as much a pro-life issue as abortion

CLEVELAND | There have been times, said Father Bryan Massingale, who is black, when he has been invited to a parish or school to speak about racism and is asked how to enter such a conversation “in a way that doesn’t make white people uncomfortable.” “When they asked that question, I say ‘Let’s pause …… Read more »

Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

VATICAN CITY | Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion. Addressing all “dear brothers and sisters in the United States” during his livestreamed general audience June… Read more »

Knights ‘praying for years’ for founder’s beatification, says Anderson

WASHINGTON | Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, may be an ideal prospective saint for the current age, said Carl L. Anderson, supreme knight of the international fraternal order. “We’ve been praying for years for this to occur, and finally this day has arrived,” he told Catholic News Service May 27…. Read more »

USCCB head: Killing of Floyd is a ‘sin that cries out to heaven for justice’

WASHINGTON | The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis “was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice,” and protests taking place nationwide “reflect the justified frustration and anger” of millions of Americans who today suffer because of racism, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “But the… Read more »

Faith leaders call for ‘Day of Mourning and Lament’ for victims of virus

SILVER SPRING, Md. | The Leadership Conference of Women Religious said May 27 it will join a group of over 100 national faith leaders — from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions — who have called for a National Day of Mourning and Lament June 1 for those who have died from COVID-19. The group is… Read more »

Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with those who agree on a certain interpretation of Christian teaching, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 31 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope… Read more »