Category: National and International

Church leaders, including from U.S., pray for victims of quake

CARTAGENA, Colombia  |  Church leaders prayed for Mexicans and Guatemalans affected by the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck the Pacific Coast. At the end of Mass in Villavicencio, Colombia, Sept. 8, Pope Francis prayed “for all the people who are suffering because of the earthquake last night in Mexico.” In an early morning tweet, the… Read more »

Be the first to take a step for peace, pope says at Mass with victims

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia  |  If just one victim of Colombia’s civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain reaction of hope for reconciliation and peace, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass Sept. 8 in Villavicencio, a city filled with those who fled their homes during the war and with former fighters trying… Read more »

Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump’s decision to end DACA

WASHINGTON | Catholic church leaders, immigration officials and university presidents were swift and unanimous in their condemnation of President Donald Trump’s Sept. 5 decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA. “In the past, the president stated that the Dreamer story ‘is about the heart,’ yet (the) decision is nothing short… Read more »

Prayers, aid offered amid floods as Texas parishes grapple with Harvey

HOUSTON | The 200-home community of McDade Estates down the road from Sacred Heart Parish had just hours to evacuate Aug. 27. City officials knocked door-to-door, alerting residents to escape to higher ground. Hours later, authorities released historic amounts of water from Lake Conroe as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to flood southeast Texas with as… Read more »

USCCB leader invites bishops to take up collection for storm recovery

WASHINGTON | Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked bishops across the country to consider a special collection to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast. He suggested in an Aug. 28 letter to bishops that the collection be taken during Masses the… Read more »

Bishop Vasquez, agency leaders urge president to continue DACA

WASHINGTON | Catholic agency leaders and the bishop who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration strongly urged President Donald Trump to continue the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. “A decision to end this program would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youths who are seeking to reach their full… Read more »

Bishops’ annual Labor Day statement scores ‘excessive inequality’

WASHINGTON | “Excessive inequality threatens this cooperation” across all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. “‘The entire social pact is built around work,’ Pope Francis told a gathering of factory workers in Genoa. ‘This is the core… Read more »

Bishop at forefront of initiative says racism demands church’s attention

WASHINGTON  | By creating a committee to deal with racism, the country’s Catholic bishops are standing up for the American value of equality and for a Gospel that refutes the hatred and violence the country witnessed Aug. 11 and 12 during white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, said the bishop who will lead the effort…. Read more »

Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

WASHINGTON | Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas, area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that… Read more »

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

WASHINGTON  |  In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12. A 32-year-old paralegal, Heather D. Heyer, was killed… Read more »