Category: National and International

Celebrate Pentecost by rejecting racism, Italian bishops say

ROME (CNS) — Disciples of Jesus must reject any attitude or language that could increase intolerance or racism, especially in current social and political discussions about welcoming and integrating migrants, said the bishops of Italy’s Lazio region. Bishops from the region, which includes the Diocese of Rome, issued a public letter for Pentecost, noting how… Read more »

Ocala grad ready to soar high at U.S. Naval Academy

Ocala  | The sky is the limit for newly-graduated senior, Nadia Vassou.  While the 18-year-old ends her education at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala on a high note, she will continue her progress while studying at the U.S. Naval Academy. Nadia brings with her a résumé filled with impressive grades, a lengthy list of… Read more »

House passes bill to provide permanent legal protection for ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee June 4 praised the U.S. House for passing a measure that gives permanent legal protection to “Dreamers” and those covered by the Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs in the United States. “Dreamers” are young people who qualify to remain in the country… Read more »

California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a priest to reveal what’s heard during confession if there is a suspicion of child sexual abuse, they see an infringement on religious freedom. But the man who introduced S.B. 360 —… Read more »

Vatican names Filipino boy who died at 17 Servant of God

MANILA, Philippines | A Filipino teenager who died could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a Servant of God, the first step in the process toward sainthood. The Congregation for Saints’ Causes gave the Diocese of Cubao, Philippines, the green light to look into the life of Darwin Ramos who… Read more »

‘Conquer bitterness with sacrificial love,’ bishop tells Virginians

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. | Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond celebrated Masses at St. Gregory the Great and St. John the Apostle churches in Virginia Beach June 2, two days after 12 people were killed in the city’s Municipal Center. One victim, Kate Nixon, was a member of St. Gregory the Great; another, Mary Lou… Read more »

Pope joins church leaders in recalling D-Day sacrifices of thousands

Pope Francis praised Allied troops who took part in critical D-Day landings in France 75 years ago, while also remembering German soldiers who died fighting under Nazi orders. “We know the landings on June 6, 1944, here in Normandy were decisive in the struggle against Nazi barbarism, allowing a path to open towards ending a… Read more »

Archbishop: Survival of church in Cuba depends on contact from abroad

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Days after the Trump administration announced it was placing new restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba, a U.S. archbishop issued a criticism of the policy, saying the transformation of the island — and the survival of the church there — depends on outside contact. “A half century of rigid isolation has consolidated… Read more »

For candidates and voters, faith plays part in 2020 presidential election

WASHINGTON | Even though people often advise against talking about religion and politics in public, a recent panel discussion at Georgetown University went there by examining current presidential candidates’ beliefs and how faith plays a role in elections. “Politics for some is the new religion,” said John Carr, director of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic… Read more »

USCCB releases pope’s book on devil, spiritual tools to combat evil

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new book of Pope Francis’ teachings on the history of the devil, “his empty promises and works” and “how we can actively combat him.” Titled “Rebuking the Devil,” the book is meant for a wide audience and “shows us how to recognize the tricks… Read more »