Category: National and International

Chilean court rules archdiocese liable in covering up Karadima sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | In a major victory for survivors of abuse in Chile, a court ruled that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought on by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, was first dismissed five years… Read more »

Texas bishop prays for refugees ‘left in harm’s way’ with cap on admissions

WASHINGTON | The Trump administration’s cap of 30,000 refugees to be admitted to the United States for fiscal year 2019 will leave thousands more “in harm’s way,” said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. He said the bishops were saddened by… Read more »

Aid groups, bishop sound alarm over humanitarian crisis in Yemen

AMMAN, Jordan | Aid agencies and Catholic officials are sounding the alarm on Yemen’s spiraling humanitarian crisis, calling on the combatants to end the war and make badly need assistance available. Yemen is facing the largest humanitarian crisis of this time, according to the United Nations. The impoverished nation at the tip of the Arabian… Read more »

U.S. cardinal: Abuse crisis discussed at synod, will top bishops’ agenda

VATICAN CITY | While the clerical sexual abuse crisis did not dominate discussions at the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said it was discussed, and everyone in the room clearly believed the crisis has to be dealt with. Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Catholic… Read more »

Judge blocks TPS cancellation, says ending program unconstitutional

SILVER SPRING, Md. | A federal judge’s Oct. 3 preliminary injunction blocking cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for people from four countries living in the United States is a welcome step, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of… Read more »

Youth outreach must begin with commitment to ending abuse, bishop says

VATICAN CITY | Addressing the Synod of Bishops on the lack of trust many young people have in institutions in general, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, said the synod had an obligation to address the issue of clerical sexual abuse. “It is a both a crime and a sin that has undermined the… Read more »

Catholic aid agencies respond after quake, tsunami in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Catholic aid agencies were among those working to assess the needs and get relief to the island of Sulawesi after an earthquake and tsunami left more than 800 people dead. Indonesia’s disaster agency said Oct. 1 the death toll from the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami was more than 840, and nearly… Read more »

The pope and the martyr: New saints offer youths a road map to holiness

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church has its share of young saints who gave witness through their lives that holiness can be attained even at a young age. Others, like Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero, show that the path to holiness begins early. The two will be declared saints Oct. 14 during the Synod… Read more »

Mercy sisters decry report of immigrant children moved to tent city

WASHINGTON | The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas said they are “outraged and appalled” by a recent report of migrant children being moved to a tent city in Texas, adding that what is happening now “pales in comparison to the trauma and uncertainty these young girls and boys and their families will experience for… Read more »

Florida dioceses offer prayers for those in hurricane’s path

PANAMA CITY, Fla. | With EMS service suspended in some parts of Florida as Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 in the state’s panhandle area with sustained winds clocked at 155 mph, at least least two dioceses offered prayers for those in the Category 4 storm’s path. The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, whose territory is directly… Read more »