Category: National and International

Vatican official urges reconsidering ‘pontifical secret’ in abuse cases

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church should re-examine how “pontifical secret” is applied in clerical sex abuse cases so there is greater transparency in the cases and it is not invoked “to hide problems,” said a canon lawyer and Vatican official. Linda Ghisoni is a canon lawyer who serves as a consultant for the Congregation… Read more »

Knights of Columbus novena underway to pray for success of Vatican summit

WASHINGTON | When they aren’t bagging lunches, serving soup at shelters or preparing pancakes after morning Mass, you can often find members of the Knights of Columbus in prayer. And now Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain, have given the Knights a prayer mission worthy of the organization’s perpetual… Read more »

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick laicized by Pope Francis

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Vatican City | Pope Francis and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered this week the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop emeritus of Washington, and a once powerful figure in ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and political circles in the U.S. and around the world. The decision followed an administrative penal process… Read more »

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

WASHINGTON | A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants. McAllen city commissioners voted Feb. 11 to vacate within 90 days the… Read more »

Florida Catholic school’s prayer service marks school shooting anniversary

PARKLAND | One day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, neighboring Mary Help of Christians School held a prayer service to pay tribute to the victims. The event was attended by teachers, staff, students, parents and invited guests, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and the parents, family… Read more »

Cardinal warns against being silent, in error about Catholic faith

VATICAN CITY | To keep silent about the truths of the Catholic faith or to teach the contrary is a form of religious deception that comes from the anti-Christ, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller. The purpose of the church and its members, he said, is to lead people to Jesus, so all Catholics, but especially priests… Read more »

Weeklong observance in U.S. celebrates ‘beauty and gift of marriage’

WASHINGTON | National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day are opportunities for “building a culture of life and love that begins with promoting and defending marriage and the family,” said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. The archbishop, who is chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth of the U.S…. Read more »

Mexican shelters strain with arrival of asylum-seekers at U.S. border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico | Gangs in Honduras first threated Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully. In his absence, the gangs threatened Garcia, sending her on the migrant path with her children, ages 2 and 5…. Read more »

Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions

VATICAN CITY | That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing. Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, a leading authority for many Sunni Muslims, stepped into the debate Feb. 4 when they… Read more »

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a ‘crime against humanity’

Washington D.C.  |  Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared a blockade stopping food and medical aid from entering the country to a war crime. The senator said leaders of the country’s security forces must choose between their orders and the needs of their families, neighbors and… Read more »