Category: National and International

Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN CITY | Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries — Italy, El Salvador, Spain and Germany — were joined by… Read more »

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop of Washington

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as archbishop of Washington but did not name a successor. When the pope’s decision was announced Oct. 12, the Archdiocese of Washington released a letter from Pope Francis to the cardinal, making clear his support for Cardinal Wuerl’s ministry and leadership, but… Read more »

Australian priest: Asia Bibi decision sets legal precedent in Pakistan

SYDNEY | Asia Bibi has been released from death row and prison in Pakistan and is now under heavy protective guard in a secret location with her family, reported a longtime Catholic missionary involved with negotiations in Pakistan about her case. “She’s not incarcerated, not in jail. The decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan… Read more »

Anti-Semitism of past generations flared anew in Pittsburgh shooting

WASHINGTON | In some quarters, people thought anti-Semitism had been swept under the rug. But hiding it didn’t mean getting rid of it, as was painfully evident in the murder of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue Oct. 27. “There have always been people who are prejudiced anti-Semites, racists, but what we’re seeing is that… Read more »

New York bishop removed from ministry pending review of abuse claim

WASHINGTON | A New York auxiliary bishop has been removed from public ministry pending a Vatican review of a decades-old accusation of sexual abuse against him, a claim he denies, the Archdiocese of New York said in a letter released Oct. 31. The letter dated Oct. 29 is said to have been sent to parishioners… Read more »

Custom of dressing up for Halloween ‘devotional in spirit,’ says bishop

TULSA, Okla. | Halloween is an opportunity for Catholics “to express in every detail of our observance the beauty and depth of the feast of All Saints,” said Bishop David A. Konderla of Tulsa. It is important to maintain “the Catholic meaning and purpose of all holy days, especially those which have been adopted and… Read more »

Shooting victims mourned; faith, civic leaders vow to fight hate, violence

PITTSBURGH | Thousands of people gathered outside and inside the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh Oct. 28 at an interfaith service to mourn the victims of the horrific shooting a day earlier at the Tree of Life synagogue. A Baptist gospel choir opened the service, which was organized under the… Read more »

Synod document: Listen to, support, guide, include young people

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognizing them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops said. While the synod’s… Read more »

Do not judge church by acts of individuals, synod observer says

VATICAN CITY | The faults of one person cannot be blamed on the entire Catholic Church, Percival Holt, a 25-year-old observer at the Synod of Bishops, told reporters. “It is wrong to judge the church for the acts of certain people within the church,” he said Oct. 11 during the Vatican’s daily briefing on what… Read more »