Category: National and International

Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

WASHINGTON | Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Writing Aug. 10, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico,… Read more »

Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries. The pope led pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of a deadly shooting Aug. 6 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, located in Nigeria’s southern state of Anambra. He also prayed… Read more »

Catholic groups ask Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ RAISE Act

WASHINGTON | Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and… Read more »

After repeal fails, ‘task remains’ to reform health care, says bishop

WASHINGTON  |  After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a “skinny” repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, the U.S. Catholic Church’s lead spokesman on the issue said the “task of reforming the health care system still remains.” The nation’s system under… Read more »

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

WASHINGTON  |  U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure “protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

Catholic leaders mourn for victims killed, injured in trafficking tragedy

SAN ANTONIO  |  The “completely senseless deaths” of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation they suffered from being held in a tractor-trailer “is an incomprehensible tragedy,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. “There are no words to convey the sadness, despair and, yes, even anger we feel today,” he said in… Read more »

Religious order welcomes gas pipeline opponents to pray at new ‘chapel’

WASHINGTON  |  As chapels go, the simple structure on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is not much. It’s more of an arbor, really: four posts and several cross boards built near a cornfield on farmland the sisters lease. Several pewlike benches are arranged around it. Still,… Read more »

Q-and-A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

WASHINGTON  |  The Vatican recently published a circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist,” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis. Dated June 15 — the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ — the letter was made public by the Vatican July 8. Because bread and wine… Read more »

For convocation delegates, it’s about unifying in faith in a troubled world

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — For some it was about keeping young people in the church. Others wanted to hear about diocesan ministries in another locale and perhaps bring an idea home. A few more were glad they could be heard by a bishop or two. Whatever their reason to travel to hot, humid Florida for… Read more »

News Pope tells archbishops not to be ‘armchair Catholics,’ but apostles

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s new cardinals and new archbishops must be willing to risk everything, patiently endure evil and bear crosses like Jesus did, Pope Francis said. “The Lord answers our prayers. He is faithful to the love we have professed for him, and he stands beside us at times of trial.”… Read more »