Category: National and International

Four Catholics die in latest Burkina Faso church attack

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (CNS) — Suspected Muslim extremists attacked another Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing four people and raising the death toll among Christians to 20 in wave of violence in the West Africa nation. The worshippers were killed when armed assailants broke into Our Lady of All Joy Church in the village of… Read more »

Bishops approve third-party reporting system; to be in place by May 31

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A nationwide third-party system for receiving confidential reports of “certain complaints” against bishops took a step closer to being implemented during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a series of three votes June 12, the bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize the implementation of a system that… Read more »

‘God has some pretty big plans’ for Mooney grad

SARASOTA  |  Sometimes even the harshest moments in life can bring new hope. For 18-year-old Jaelen Childs of Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, his near-death encounter from a terrible car accident has jumpstarted a new and promising phase in his young life. On the evening of Jan. 31, Childs was in the process of… Read more »

DeSantis approves death warrant for Jacksonville inmate

Orlando  |  Florida State Prison death row inmate Gary Ray Bowles faces an Aug. 22 execution. On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Bowles death warrant after serving 25 years in prison for the conviction of several murders. Serving life sentences for the 1994 murders of Albert Morris in Nassau County and John Roberts in Volusia… Read more »

Group protests outside Baltimore hotel, objects to proposals on abuse

BALTIMORE (CNS) — As has been the case for years now, a small group of protesters dismissive of the U.S. bishops’ efforts to enact reforms in their handling of sexual abuse cases gather outside the Baltimore hotel where they conduct their general meeting. This spring is no different, save for the far more pleasant weather… Read more »

Cesareo repeats call for greater lay involvement as church tackles abuse

BALTIMORE | National Review Board chairman Francesco Cesareo offered the U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore a series of recommendations that he said will strengthen the church’s response to the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis. The recommendations made June 11 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly in Baltimore included a call for… Read more »

Holy Spirit ‘brings order to our frenzy,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY | In a world of conflict and division and a culture of insult, people need to live filled with the Holy Spirit, who is the only one capable of bringing harmony and unity to diversity, Pope Francis said. “Those who live by the Spirit … bring peace where there is discord, concord where… Read more »

New challenges await grad who tacked Model U.N., served in Immokalee

ORLANDO  |  If high schoolers had resumes, Graham Kupsaw would have a couple of interesting, if not diverse, entries. • Represented the African nation of Djibouti, and chaired a committee in a mock Roman Senate. • Built bridges with first and second graders in Immokalee. • Explored relationship with God during Live Jesus retreat. •… Read more »

Bishop bars Illinois Catholic lawmakers who back abortion from Communion

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Springfield Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki issued a decree June 6 stating that Catholic lawmakers in the Illinois Legislature “who promoted or voted for extreme abortion legislation” cannot receive Communion in churches in his diocese. He specifically named House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, “due to their leadership roles in… Read more »

Bishops take another try at addressing abuse, accountability among their own

WASHINGTON | When the bishops gather in Baltimore June 11-14, their meeting will be anything but pro forma. Instead, they will have some major decisions to make that may determine how quickly they are able to rebuild trust with their fellow Catholics following a series of recent exposes, allegations and scandals regarding bishops themselves. “This… Read more »