Category: National and International

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country’s welcome of Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh | The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said. Arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar Nov. 30, Pope Francis wasted no time in mentioning the plight of the refugees who have… Read more »

Congress urged to ‘fix fundamental flaws’ in final tax reform bill

WASHINGTON | Congress must “fix the fundamental flaws” in both the Senate and House versions of the tax reform proposal as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a final bill, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, the chairman, issued… Read more »

2,400 faith leaders ask Senate to nix tax cut legislation

WASHINGTON | More than 2,400 religious faith leaders, including hundreds of Catholic women religious and dozens of priests, asked the U.S. Senate to vote down tax cut legislation.   In a Nov. 29 letter to senators, the leaders called the bill “fiscally irresponsible” and said that it “endangers our country’s economic health.” The letter added… Read more »

Church leaders decry administration plan to end TPS for Haitians

WASHINGTON | Advocates and church leaders rallied around 58,000 Haitians living in the United States since a ferocious 2010 earthquake after the Trump administration moved to end a humanitarian program that allowed them stay in the country. The Haitians will be forced to leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation. Department of… Read more »

Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

YANGON, Myanmar | Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar’s Buddhist community. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi and Buddha, the pope insisted that in a land where the powerfully bonded pairing of religion and ethnicity have… Read more »

Blessed Solanus lived out faith, hope, charity every day, says cardinal

DETROIT | Blessed Solanus Casey always said that “as long as there is a spark of faith,” there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes. His words were accompanied by “the concrete practice of faith, hope and charity in his everyday life,” said the… Read more »

Youth urged to remember they’re ‘beloved children of God, called by name’

INDIANAPOLIS | The sound of more than 20,000 teens screaming and singing along with racuous music of Christian hip-hop band TobyMac was loud. The sound of the same number of youths in silent prayer was deafening. These external and internal forms of praise formed bookends to the opening general session of the National Catholic Youth… Read more »

‘Invest in love,’ pope says on first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY | People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. “What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes,” the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of… Read more »

Respect the rights of all groups, pope tells Myanmar’s leaders

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar | The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya. After private meetings Nov. 28 with Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw and Suu Kyi, the state counselor and de facto head… Read more »

Pope meets generals after brief welcome by children in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar | Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation’s bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit. The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president, because the formal welcome was scheduled for the next day in… Read more »