Category: National and International

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration’s family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention — even if they are with… Read more »

Florida Catholic newspaper earns 20 national awards

GREEN BAY, Wis. | Florida Catholic staffers celebrated like proper “Cheeseheads” as they took top honors at the 2018 Catholic Media Conference June 12-15, held in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The four editions of the publication collectively received six first-places and 13 other Catholic Press Association awards in 18 different categories. Notably, the Venice edition of… Read more »

600 Catholic institutions declare support for Paris climate agreement

WASHINGTON | Caring for creation goes hand-in-hand with the mission of helping retreat-goers connect with God at the Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio. The center’s tree-enshrouded grounds that filter the sound of nearby traffic in the middle of Cleveland’s largest suburb offer a home for wildlife and a respite for those seeking a quiet… Read more »

Bishops ‘cannot, in good faith, endorse’ new GOP immigration bill

WASHINGTON | The U.S. bishops “cannot, in good faith, endorse” an immigration bill submitted by the House’s Republican leadership, said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. Bishop Vasquez said the bill would bring about “large structural changes to the immigration system that detrimentally impact families and the… Read more »

Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration’s policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons. “I am on the side of the bishops’ conference,” Pope Francis said in an interview with… Read more »

Humanitarian crisis in Yemen worsens, Catholic aid agency says

AMMAN, Jordan | The Saudi-led coalition’s assault on Hodeida, Yemen’s main port city, will have a “catastrophic impact” on the ability of relief groups to get food, medicine and other aid to vulnerable Yemeni families in urgent need of assistance, a Catholic aid agency warned. CAFOD, the overseas aid agency of the bishops of England… Read more »

Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

WASHINGTON | From Denver to New York City, the country’s Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America. None have been more… Read more »

U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter back to Vatican Library

VATICAN CITY | With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner — the Vatican. The rare four-page document, estimated to be worth $1.2 million, had been… Read more »

At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

FORT LAUDERDALE | The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. “At its core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life,” the bishops’ statement said. They urged the nation’s policymakers and courts “to… Read more »

World Meeting of Families to feature Father James Martin as keynoter

MAYNOOTH, Ireland | The issue of LGBT families has dogged the ninth World Meeting of Families since it was revealed that an image of a gay couple was edited for a preparatory booklet, and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell’s comments on gay families were deleted from a video. On June 11, the date… Read more »