Category: National and International

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border

CHICAGO | Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as “a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation’s southern border” with Mexico. Family separations at the border and policy debates over that policy and the nation’s immigration system “have exposed the profound misery of those fleeing their countries… Read more »

Church now facing its own #MeToo moment, says Australian archbishop

ROME | In the wake of historic allegations of sexual abuse and cover-up in countries around the world, the Catholic Church is experiencing the same challenge that has brought a reckoning to those who used their authority to abuse or silence victims, said an Australian archbishop. Allegations such as those raised against Cardinal Theodore E…. Read more »

Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, where Cardinal McCarrick served as its first bishop,… Read more »

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 »