Category: National and International

Pregame prayer, solid teamwork clinched win for Loyola, says nun-chaplain

DALLAS | A religious sister who is the longtime chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball team credited the pregame prayer and the players’ solid teamwork for the Ramblers’ thrilling, last-second 64-62 win over the University of Miami in the NCAA Tournament on March 15. “Our team is so great and they don’t care… Read more »

Purity is seen in how one treats oneself, others, papal preacher says

VATICAN CITY | If Catholic morality in the past seemed so obsessed with preventing sexual sin that it ignored sins of injustice, today “we have gone to the opposite extreme,” seemingly concerned only with how people treat others, not with how they treat the gift of their bodies, the papal preacher said. “In the past,… Read more »

How some Catholic schools approached the National School Walkout over guns

Denver, Colo. |  On Wednesday, thousands of students throughout the United States walked out of classrooms as part of National School Walkout, a demonstration calling for safer schools and increased gun control, in the wake of the February high school shooting that left 17 Florida students dead. Many of the walkouts were planned to last… Read more »

UMBC’s historic basketball team has Catholic connection in coach, players

BALTIMORE (CNS) — By now, the college basketball world knows that UMBC stands for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Retrievers’ historic appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, where they became the first No. 16 seed to earn a victory in 136 tries, also went over pretty big in Anne Arundel County. UMBC… Read more »

In China, government-appointed bishops support Xi, Vatican-China deal

Beijing, China |  Government-backed bishops have spoken out publicly in support of the Vatican-China deal in a Chinese media interview at the Chinese Communist Party’s annual meetings this week. Bishop Peter Fang Jianping of Tangshan is a member of the National People’s Congress, the Chinese government’s legislative body which voted to eliminate presidential term limits… Read more »

Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate church; youths ask church to listen

ROME | The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults. “We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failure, to move… Read more »

After Vatican verdict, Guam archbishop apologizes for predecessor’s ‘harm’

VATICAN CITY | Publicly apologizing on behalf of the whole archdiocese for the “grave harm” caused by former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes said a new chapter of humility, repentance and healing has opened for the Catholic Church in Guam following a Vatican verdict against his predecessor. “I called and… Read more »

Central African bishop accuses U.N. forces of rape, abuse

MADRID | A Catholic bishop in the Central African Republic accused U.N. peacekeeping troops of sexual abuse in his diocese and warned they could be guilty of crimes against humanity. “Women are selling their bodies to the Blue Helmets out of desperation,” said Bishop Juan Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou. “Many are doing this to avoid… Read more »

Vatican official urges support for Mideast Christians on Good Friday

VATICAN CITY | Christians in the Middle East, particularly those who have been forced from their homes by violence and persecution, need the support of the Catholic Church, a Vatican official said. “Let us show them concretely our closeness, through our constant prayer and through our monetary aid,” said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the… Read more »

Vatican tribunal finds Archbishop Apuron of Guam guilty of abuse

VATICAN CITY | A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of some of the accusations made against him, accusations which included the sexual abuse of minors. After a canonical trial conducted by the apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican judges imposed the following sanctions… Read more »