Category: National and International

Only risen Christ can bring peace to world at war, pope says

VATICAN CITY  |  As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ’s resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing. “May the one who gives us his peace end the roar of arms — both in areas… Read more »

Man arrested after trying to walk through U.S. cathedral with flammables

NEW YORK | A man who tried walk through St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan close to 8 p.m. local time April 17 had gas cans, lighter fluid and igniters and claimed he was just cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue where he had left his car, which had run out of… Read more »

French leaders pledge Notre Dame Cathedral again will grace Paris skyline

PARIS | Church leaders joined government officials in saying they expect that Notre Dame Cathedral’s grandeur will be restored as firefighters extinguished the last flames of a fast-moving blaze that seriously damaged much of the iconic structure. “We are living through an extreme moment. This is Holy Week and it isn’t an accident,” Paris Archbishop… Read more »

Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

BANGKOK | Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country’s authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320. “We placed our hands on our heads when we came to know that these deaths could have been avoided. Why this was not… Read more »

Violence erupts in Sri Lanka on Easter morning

BANGKOK  |  The Sri Lankan government blamed little-known Islamic group National Thowheeth Jama’ath for the Easter suicide bombings that targeted three churches and three luxury hotels across the country. Authorities named the group April 22 and said 24 people had been arrested in connection with eight bombings that left at least 290 people dead and… Read more »

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

ROME | Jesus’ gesture of washing his disciples’ feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday. “Jesus’ rule and the rule of the Gospel” is to serve others and not “to dominate, do… Read more »

Advocates work to reverse unfit conditions for farmworkers

ORLANDO  |  The controversy of Florida’s farmworkers goes deeper than working in overwhelming heat without water or access to shade. Exposure to pesticides cause serious illnesses and possible death for the fieldworkers, as well as likely mental health issues passed down to unborn children. Problems stemming from heat illness are easier to eradicate than those… Read more »

Fair Food Program proves to be an invaluable tool for Florida farmworkers

ORLANDO  |  Rising against economic and social struggles isn’t anything new for the farmworkers of Florida. It takes faith to “Keep fighting to guarantee basic human rights,” said Silvia Perez, senior staff member and leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. People from all over the world, specifically those from Central and South American countries,… Read more »

The witness of palm branches

Not far from where I live is a donkey farm. It’s highly popular because of the donkeys’ beauty. Donkeys, the most mistreated of animals, have a gentleness that draws and heals people. It’s a sanctuary for the donkeys but also for the people. When the Gospels were written, no therapeutic donkey sanctuaries existed, but the… Read more »

Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY | Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now. Seeing the crisis as rooted in the “egregious event” of the cultural and sexual revolution… Read more »