Category: National and International

Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

VATICAN CITY  |  Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post. The Vatican announced July 1 that the pope chose as prefect Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer,… Read more »

Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

SAN DIEGO | During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew. “It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled. But as it turned out, he… Read more »

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

VATICAN CITY  |  To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be found on… Read more »

U.S. Catholic honored as missionary, physician working in Sudan war zone

WASHINGTON |  Hidden in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, a war zone for the past few years, a U.S. Catholic missionary, Dr. Tom Catena, ministers to a village of 750,000 people as the single medical doctor in the area. He says his faith is the primary motivation for his work and that he relies on… Read more »

Displaced near South Sudanese border live on mangoes, sweet potatoes

RIIMENZE, South Sudan  |  Violence near South Sudan’s border with Congo has driven 6,000 people from the countryside to shelter in the shadows of the village church, where some have been surviving on mangoes. Before the mangoes, there were the sweet potatoes of Sister Rosa Le Thi Bong. A member of the Sisters of Our… Read more »

Chaldean Catholic bishop calls ICE raid, arrests ‘painful’ for community

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.  |  When U.S. immigration agents rounded up and arrested Chaldean Christians in southeast Michigan June 11, it was “a very strange and painful day for our community in America,” said the head of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in Southfield. “With the many Chaldeans that were awakened by… Read more »

Trump’s decision to abandon Paris climate pact called ‘deeply troubling’

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump’s June 1 decision “not to honor the U.S. commitment” to the Paris climate agreement “is deeply troubling,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is… Read more »

Amid nation’s crisis, Venezuelan bishops meet pope

VATICAN CITY  |  With Venezuela’s political and economic crisis turning violent and after the country’s president tried to claim he had the support of Pope Francis, the leadership of the country’s bishops’ conference traveled to the Vatican. The bishops requested the meeting, which was held June 8 as protests continued in their homeland and protesters… Read more »

Bishops among first signatories to pledge to end death penalty

WASHINGTON  |  Bishops attending a meeting were among the first to sign the National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters building May 9. Each person taking the pledge promises to educate, advocate and pray for an end to capital punishment. “All Christians and people of goodwill are thus called… Read more »

Catholic leaders praise rulings granting stays to Arkansas death-row inmates

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders initially praised the federal and state rulings that granted stays of executions for a group of Arkansas death-row inmates, but then a series of court actions seemed to clear the way for some of the executions. “After the darkness of Good Friday has come a great light,” Karen Clifton, executive director… Read more »