Category: National and International

Bishops, journalists attacked at church in Nicaragua

COPAN, Honduras | Nicaraguan bishops and clergy were attacked by armed groups aligned with the government July 9 as violence in the Central American country escalated and affected the Catholic Church, which has provided humanitarian assistance in its parishes and has tried to diffuse a worsening political crisis through dialogue. Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of… Read more »

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer. The bishops said July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against… Read more »

Papers, chafing under weight of newsprint tariffs, seek relief

WASHINGTON | Newspapers of every type, Catholic papers included, are seeking relief from the U.S. government after six months of increased costs due to tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint. The Catholic Press Association, which includes English-speaking Canada, is a member of the STOPP Coalition, which has pressed the Commerce Department for relief. STOPP is an… Read more »

India’s Sister Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

NEW DELHI | Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order. A baby born in Nirmal Hriday (Tender Heart) home in the eastern Indian city of Ranchi… Read more »

NY Times talks to men who got settlements after alleged abuse

NEW YORK | A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man. For one of the seminarians, the alleged abuse continued after he had been ordained… Read more »

New cardinals see designation as mission of service

VATICAN CITY | Upon hearing the news that Pope Francis was elevating them to the College of Cardinals, many of the 14 new cardinals were shocked to hear the pope had chosen them. After the pope made the announcement May 20, Cardinal-designate Joseph Coutts of Karachi, Pakistan, said he was incredulous when a parish priest… Read more »

Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

VATICAN CITY | A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography. Judge Giuseppe Della Torre, head of the tribunal of the Vatican City State, delivered the verdict June 23, and sentenced Msgr. Capella to five years in prison… Read more »

Rich heritage: Black sisters, priests mark 50 years of shaping church

WASHINGTON | Fifty years ago, Josephite Father William Norvel thought it was time for black priests to come together. The year, 1968, was a tumultuous one in American history. The country was struggling to implement civil rights for blacks, protests of the Vietnam War became common and some were violent, and young people rejected the… Read more »

At Texas center, bishops join in a warm welcome for recent arrivals

MCALLEN, Texas | Some had been on the road for weeks, others for days, and some entered looking haggard and sunburned with little more than the clothes they were wearing, some holding the hands of their children as a group of Catholic bishops joined a chorus of hands applauding in welcome. Sister Norma Pimentel, a… Read more »

If confirmed, Kavanaugh will keep Catholic majority in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON | When Brett Kavanaugh took to the podium July 9 at the White House after being introduced as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, he revealed, among other things, that his Catholic faith is a big part of his life. He spoke about coaching his daughter’s CYO basketball team, serving the homeless with a… Read more »