Category: National and International

Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

BALTIMORE | At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they opened their fall general assembly Nov. 12 in Baltimore… Read more »

U.S. appeals court: Trump can’t end DACA program

SAN FRANCISCO | A federal appeals court ruled Nov. 8 in favor of keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, rejecting the Trump administration’s efforts to end it. The decision, made by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco, upheld a lower court’s… Read more »

Voters in two states OK anti-abortion measures, but Oregon funding stays

WASHINGTON | An Oregon measure that would have banned state funding for elective and late-term abortions was defeated by voters Nov. 6, while an amendment to the West Virginia constitution stating that women do not have a right to an abortion was passed by a narrow margin. Alabamans also approved a measure that makes it… Read more »

All Souls feast is time to remember, to hope, pope says

ROME | The Mass for the feast of All Souls is “realistic, concrete” in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said. Celebrating an outdoor Mass Nov. 2,… Read more »

Special delivery: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate’s art

VATICAN CITY | As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence. The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced Oct. 30 that its 2018 Christmas stamps will feature images of the Annunciation and of… Read more »

Nations are built by migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said. And migrants often choose to travel to a new land in a group, like those currently traveling through Central America and heading to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, he added, in off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 29 to… Read more »

Pakistan court sets aside death sentence for woman convicted of blasphemy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan | Pakistan’s Supreme Court has set aside the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Catholic convicted of blasphemy, and ordered her release from prison. A three-member court bench announced the verdict Oct. 31. The apex court ruled that Bibi be released from death row immediately if she had no other case registered against… Read more »

‘Keep us in mind,’ says DACA recipient in urging people to vote

WASHINGTON | A group of Catholic high school seniors lobbying on Capitol Hill Nov. 5 knows there is a lot at stake in the midterm elections. They feel strongly about current issues, especially immigration and more specifically, DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects these students and other young people who… Read more »

Government seeks to survey church property for border wall

WASHINGTON | Federal officials sought entry to two properties belonging to the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, seeking to survey the land for construction of a border wall on it, but in an Oct. 29 statement, Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores said he did not consent to such use because such a structure “would limit freedom… Read more »

Chilean court says no verdict in survivors’ lawsuit against archdiocese

VATICAN CITY | Survivors of abuse in Chile believed they had won a major victory when they heard a Chilean court recognized that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo… Read more »