Category: National and International

Faith leaders push administration to extend protections for immigrants

WASHINGTON | Religious leaders, including influential voices in the Catholic Church, want the Trump administration to allow immigrants who are in the United States under a special immigration status to be able to stay in the country. The leaders are making an all-out push to the Department of Homeland Security and the White House, arguing… Read more »

Bishop offers Congress moral principles for weighing tax reform

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development outlined a set of moral principles related to tax policy as Congress prepares to weigh a tax reform package. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in an Oct. 25 letter to lawmakers that the needs of poor Americans… Read more »

Through example, saints shine God’s light in darkness, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints. Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth “according to their own shade,” the pope said… Read more »

Pope asks U.S. to welcome migrants, urges migrants to respect laws

ROME | Pope Francis called on the people of the United States to welcome migrants and urged those who are welcomed to respect the laws of the country. “To all people (of the U.S.) I ask: take care of the migrant who is a promise of life for the future. To migrants: take care of… Read more »

In the end, everyone faces God with ’empty hands,’ pope says

VATICAN CITY | God waits for everyone, even the worst sinner who repents only with his dying breath, Pope Francis said. “Before God, we present ourselves with empty hands,” he said, meaning that all the good works people have or haven’t done throughout their lives aren’t measured to determine entry into heaven. “A word of… Read more »

Refugees fearful as India plans to deport Rohingya

NEW DELHI | Fear gripped Muslim Rohingya refugees in India following a hardening of New Delhi’s insistence that Myanmar take them back. While the majority of 600,000 Rohingya fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar over the past two months have gone to Bangladesh, some have traveled to countries such as India and Nepal, reported…. Read more »

Catholic organizations, groups actively working on Puerto Rico’s recovery

QUEBRADILLAS, Puerto Rico |  A month after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Catholic organizations, groups and individuals were still among the most prominent responders to the needs of a suffering people. Despite early logistical obstacles, as of Oct. 20, the local Caritas chapter had disbursed over $1.1 million in aid to an estimated 50,000 people… Read more »

Starving children are innocent victims of humanity’s greed, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Thousands of starving children around the world today are innocent victims sacrificed upon the altar of the god of money because of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth, Pope Francis said. In his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 23, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel reading of the… Read more »

Bishop Vasquez urges U.S. to help solve expanding Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the federal government to work with the Myanmar government and the international community to solve the crisis affecting the persecuted Rohingya people. Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in written testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Oct. 5… Read more »

U.S. bishop concerned about impact of Trump’s health care order on poor

WASHINGTON  |  A part of President Donald Trump’s Oct. 13 executive order on health care that would end subsidies to health insurance companies aimed at helping individuals with low to modest incomes is of “grave concern,” a U.S. bishop said. “The Affordable Care Act is by no means perfect,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of… Read more »