Category: National and International

After attacks, New Zealand bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) — New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed. The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where 7 were killed…. Read more »

Georgetown University troubled by coach’s involvement in college scam

WASHINGTON | Officials at Georgetown University were “deeply troubled” to learn that the school’s former tennis coach, Gordon Ernst, is alleged to be part of a widespread college admissions scandal. He is one of at least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including celebrity moms, charged March 12 in the scandal that involved bribing college… Read more »

California bishops applaud governor for moratorium on death penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | The Catholic bishops of California welcomed the March 13 decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. “We appreciate this recognition that the state has the adequate means to defend human dignity and public safety without recourse to capital punishment,” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in a statement on behalf of the… Read more »

Cardinal Pell’s victim questions six-year jail sentence, fears appeal

SYDNEY | A man Cardinal George Pell was convicted of sexually assaulting said he is finding it hard to “take comfort” in the cardinal’s six-year jail sentence because a request to appeal the conviction is due to be heard June 5. The father of the other victim, now deceased, expressed his disappointment with the sentence,… Read more »

Head of African youth network: Listen to young people on ecology

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — The head of an African youth network urged the world’s religions to embrace the voices of young people, as the leaders explore ways to tackle the current global ecological crisis. Allen Ottaro, founder and executive director of the Catholic Youth Network for Environment Sustainability for Africa, said young people were aware… Read more »

CLINIC says South Sudan TPS extension should have included new arrivals

SILVER SPRING, Md. | Officials with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network criticized the federal Department of Homeland Security for its March 8 decision granting an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan because it does not include recent arrivals from the war-plagued country. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the TPS extension would cover… Read more »

In Philippines, 3 outspoken priests say they’ve received death threats

MANILA, Philippines | Three Catholic priests, known for being outspoken against a wave of drug-related killings, claimed they have received death threats in recent weeks, reported Jesuit Father Albert Alejo, Divine Word Father Flavie Villanueva and Father Robert Reyes told a hastily organized media briefing March 11 that they fear for their lives. “We’re… Read more »

No more excuses; time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

VATICAN CITY | The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. For quite some time, the world has been aware of the “serious scandal” the… Read more »

Church credibility ruined by silent hypocrisy, sister tells summit

VATICAN CITY | The hypocrisy of Catholic leaders who claimed to be guardians of morality yet remained silent about clerical sexual abuse has left the church’s credibility in shambles, an African woman religious told bishops at the Vatican summit on abuse. “Yes, we proclaim the Ten Commandments and ‘parade ourselves’ as being the custodians of… Read more »

Summit affirms need to hold bishops accountable, U.S. cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops’ strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. The cardinal attended the Feb. 21-24 summit as president of the U.S…. Read more »