Category: National and International

Dozens of Catholics arrested as they ask Congress to help ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON | Dozens of Catholics, including men and women religious, were arrested near the U.S. Capitol Feb. 27 in the rotunda of a Senate building in Washington as they called on lawmakers to help young undocumented adults brought to the U.S. as minors obtain some sort of permanent legal status. Some of them sang and… Read more »

Chicago priest fasting to support ‘Dreamers’ plans to march at White House

CHICAGO (CNS) — A Chicago pastor who has been on a strict fast for weeks to show solidarity for DACA recipients and push for humane immigration laws plans to take his protest to Washington March 4 and 5. Congress must vote to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5. That is… Read more »

Catholics urged to join pope in prayers for South Sudan, Congo Feb. 23

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops encouraged Catholics across the nation to join with Pope Francis Feb. 23 for a special day of prayer and fasting for peace, with special prayers for Congo and South Sudan. “Tragically, violent conflict rages in both nations” and “innocent families suffer” in both countries,… Read more »

Mideast Christian leaders shut Church of Holy Sepulcher to protest taxes

JERUSALEM | Protesting several recent actions they described as a “systematic campaign … against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land,” the heads of Christian churches announced Feb. 25 they were closing of the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for an undisclosed period of time. Bewildered pilgrims milled around… Read more »

Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors. On Feb. 26, the court declined to hear and rule on whether the administration has the right to shut down the… Read more »

#TBT — Annual campaign shines light on farmworker issues

The Florida Catholic has written stories about our Long Sleeve Relief campaign for the past 13 years. Here is one from last year’s campaign. ORLANDO | As Catholics embark on the season of fasting and abstinence, it might be the best time to think about the question: “Who provided the food on my table?” Farmworkers… Read more »

Prayer for peace in Congo, South Sudan a call to action, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said. In an article for L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect… Read more »

As DACA deadline nears, Catholic voices speak up to fix immigration woes

WASHINGTON | Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that would help some 800,000 young adults living the U.S. who were brought into the country without legal permission as… Read more »

U.S. bishops who’ve seen gun violence up close call for end to ‘madness’

WASHINGTON | Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput knows all too well the pain left behind after incidents like the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting that has so far taken 17 lives at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. As archbishop in Denver, he took part in the funerals of Catholic high school students killed… Read more »

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

WASHINGTON | After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26. “We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together… Read more »