Category: National and International

USCCB president decries massive shooting at Baptist church in Texas town

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic Church stands “in unity” with the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the larger community after a shooting during Sunday services took the lives of at least 25 people and injured several more. A 14-year-old girl, Annabelle Pomeroy, was among the dead. Her father, Frank Pomeroy, is pastor… Read more »

‘Horrendous attack weighs on all our hearts,’ says cardinal

WASHINGTON | The “horrendous act” by a driver in a pickup truck who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31 “weighs on all of our hearts,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This afternoon we heard of what appears to be a deliberate attack… Read more »

Amid hurricane’s devastation, Puerto Ricans’ spirit seen shining through

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | Above all material and financial considerations after Hurricane Maria’s severe damage in Puerto Rico, one must highlight the brotherly spirit shown by the island’s people during the ongoing recovery period, said the island’s top Catholic pastor. Although the church’s financial burden has obviously become heavier as it strives to meet… Read more »

Faith leaders push administration to extend protections for immigrants

WASHINGTON | Religious leaders, including influential voices in the Catholic Church, want the Trump administration to allow immigrants who are in the United States under a special immigration status to be able to stay in the country. The leaders are making an all-out push to the Department of Homeland Security and the White House, arguing… Read more »

Bishop offers Congress moral principles for weighing tax reform

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development outlined a set of moral principles related to tax policy as Congress prepares to weigh a tax reform package. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in an Oct. 25 letter to lawmakers that the needs of poor Americans… Read more »

Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints. Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth “according to their own shade,” the pope said… Read more »

Pope asks U.S. to welcome migrants, urges migrants to respect laws

ROME | Pope Francis called on the people of the United States to welcome migrants and urged those who are welcomed to respect the laws of the country. “To all people (of the U.S.) I ask: take care of the migrant who is a promise of life for the future. To migrants: take care of… Read more »

In the end, everyone faces God with ’empty hands,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY | God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said. “Before God, we present ourselves with empty hands,” he said, meaning that all the good works people have or haven’t done throughout their lives aren’t measured to determine entry into heaven. “A word of… Read more »

Refugees fearful as India plans to deport Rohingya

NEW DELHI | Fear gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India following a hardening of New Delhi’s insistence that Myanmar take them back. While the majority of 600,000 Rohingya fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar over the past two months have gone to Bangladesh, some have traveled to countries such as India and Nepal, reported ucanews.com…. Read more »

Catholic organizations, groups actively working on Puerto Rico’s recovery

QUEBRADILLAS, Puerto Rico |  A month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Catholic organizations, groups and individuals were still among the most prominent responders to the needs of a suffering people. Despite early logistical obstacles, as of Oct. 20, the local Caritas chapter had disbursed over $1.1 million in aid to an estimated 50,000 people… Read more »