Category: National and International

Groups propose Amazonian rite, new ministries for women

VATICAN CITY  |  Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. Such proposals, one group said, would increase as well as transform the Catholic Church’s presence in the Amazon, turning… Read more »

Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

WASHINGTON | The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as significant today” as they were in 1997 and 2005, when the council earlier analyzed the harms of such laws. “NCD’s concerns, then and now, stem from… Read more »

Florida Marian shrine elevated to national status

Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine honors devotion to the nursing mother of Jesus ST. AUGUSTINE | America’s oldest Marian Shrine, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, has been elevated to a National Shrine by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. St. Augustine Bishop Felipe J. Estévez made… Read more »

Mind your own business each day to grow in holiness, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Too often Catholics know what is going on in their neighbor’s house but pay little or no attention to the normal spiritual struggles going on in their own hearts and souls, Pope Francis said. Life involves a continuing battle “between grace and sin, between the Lord who wants to save us and… Read more »

Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

LONDON | The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal hemorrhage at the intercession of St. John Henry Newman has described his canonization as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes.” Melissa Villalobos attended the Oct. 13 ceremony at the Vatican with her husband and their seven children, and together they carried the offertory gifts to… Read more »

They come at night: Syrians flee to Iraq as cease-fire set to expire

AMMAN, Jordan | When Rifaa, her husband and three daughters escaped into Iraq in the dead of night, “there were dead bodies on the street” in Qamishli, Syria. “We found a smuggler to bring us to Kurdistan, and we gave them the amount of money they asked to save ourselves. We paid $2,000 for five… Read more »

For Houston priest, a longtime Astros fan, baseball is contemplative sport

HOUSTON |Two World Series game losses were the last thing Father T.J. Dolce wanted for his birthday. When his beloved Houston Astros earned their trip to the 2019 World Series to take on the Washington Nationals in the Fall Classic, Father Dolce knew his Oct. 23 birthday would coincide with Game 2 of World Series…. Read more »

Synod document: New ministries can serve evangelization in Amazon

VATICAN CITY | To proclaim the Gospel message of hope, the Catholic Church in the Amazon must open new paths of evangelization in the region, including by instituting new ministries for lay men and women, the Synod of Bishops said. The final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon looked at ways the… Read more »

Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

AMMAN, Jordan | Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them. “There are big concerns about what is going on in northeastern Syria with the Turkish military aerial assaults and ground operations,” Father Emanuel… Read more »

Ex-inmate hopes awareness will defeat capital punishment

ST. AUGUSTINE  |  Ralph “Ron” Wright Jr. never thought he would ever end up on death row. And it’s a blessing he found he way out of prison at all. After three years of incarceration in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, in 2017, Wright became the 27th inmate to be released from Florida’s Death Row…. Read more »