Category: National and International

Church united by Spirit, not personal beliefs, pope says on Pentecost

VATICAN CITY | Just as the apostles were united once they received the Holy Spirit, the church is united by that same spirit and not by keeping company just with those who agree on a certain interpretation of Christian teaching, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. Celebrating Mass May 31 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope… Read more »

USCCB chairmen release statement in wake of death of George Floyd

WASHINGTON – Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States.   Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the… Read more »

St. Augustine bishop writes letter promoting importance of human life

ORLANDO  |  Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Diocese of St. Augustine is quite familiar with upholding the Church’s moral stance to protect all human life. In his fifth pastoral letter that covers the negative consequences of the death penalty, Bishop Estévez  uses Scripture, various quotes from popes and other advocates against capital punishment to display… Read more »

Legendary coach: Winner in football and faith

Dolphins fans knew Don Shula for his success on the field. But those blessed to see Shula off the field knew that he was every bit as successful in his Catholic faith. He just wouldn’t show it. “What impressed me the most was that he did not lord it over people,” said Father Juan Sosa,… Read more »

St. Peter’s Basilica reopens to the public

VATICAN CITY | Almost 10 weeks after St. Peter’s Basilica was closed to the public in cooperation with Italy’s COVID-19 lockdown measures, the faithful and tourists were allowed back in May 18. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at 7 a.m. at the tomb of St. John Paul II to mark the 100th anniversary of the Polish… Read more »

Vatican cautions Israel over West Bank annexation plan

VATICAN CITY | The Holy See is concerned about an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex a large portion of land in the West Bank, said a Vatican statement. “The Holy See is following the situation closely and expresses concern about any future actions that could further compromise dialogue,” said the statement released May 20. The… Read more »

Nun leads young Kenyans to make ‘little contributions’ to Laudato Si’

NAIROBI, Kenya | A Catholic nun is working with young Kenyans to put Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’” into action. They have had discussions about the environment and have even planted trees outside their meeting places, said Franciscan Sister Mary Frances Wangari, director of Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation for the Franciscans… Read more »

Poland marks centenary of St. John Paul’s birth

WARSAW, Poland | Poland’s Catholic bishops urged citizens to learn from St. John Paul II in coming to terms with COVID-19, as the 100th anniversary of his birth was celebrated with Masses and other events across his homeland. In a pastoral letter read nationwide May 17, the day before the anniversary, the bishops said it… Read more »

Pope joins interreligious prayer, begging God to end pandemic

VATICAN CITY | At a time of global “tragedy and suffering” because of the coronavirus, and in view of the long-term impact it will have, believers of every religion should beg mercy from the one God and father of all, Pope Francis said. During his early morning Mass, Pope Francis joined leaders of every religion… Read more »