Category: National and International

Churches in Syrian enclave say Turkish bombing is killing civilians

AMMAN, Jordan | Churches in Afrin, Syria, are calling on the world to stop the slaughter of civilians during the Turkish military assault. “We ask you to pray for us and for our city which, before a couple of days ago, was full of life, but today is not,” said the Rev. Saeed Daoud, a… Read more »

March for Life: ‘Every child ‘precious gift from God’

WASHINGTON | In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” He invoked the theme of this year’s march, “Love Saves Lives,” and praised… Read more »

‘Machisimo’ culture blinds women’s leading role in society, pope says

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru | Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said. Speaking to the people of Puerto Maldonado, located in the region known as Madre de Dios (“Mother of God”), Pope Francis said it was sad to see how “in this… Read more »

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile | Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile. During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him… Read more »

At final Mass in Chile, pope says cry of migrants is prayer to God

IQUIQUE, Chile | Christians must be aware of the injustices and exploitation suffered by migrants and those seeking a better life for themselves and their families, Pope Francis said. On the last leg of his trip in Chile, the pope said the cry of the poor “opens our hearts and teaches us to be attentive.”… Read more »

Pro-life marchers want their message to transcend politics

WASHINGTON | In a sea of printed signs and huge student groups in colorful toboggan caps at the March for Life rally, Ed York was an outlier. He’d made the two-hour drive to the National Mall Jan. 19 from his home in Martinsburg, West Virginia, not with a group on a bus pilgrimage, but only… Read more »

Cardinal invokes Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in march vigil homily

WASHINGTON | New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a homily at the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief in the dignity of the human person and the sacredness… Read more »

Catholics condemn ‘racist’ comments attributed to president

WASHINGTON | Some Catholics said it was more important to look at the sentiment, not the vulgarity of the words the president of the United States allegedly used to refer to immigrants from certain countries: Disparaging, hateful, racist. Those are the words some Catholic organizations used to describe how they feel about profane comments attributed… Read more »

March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in ‘9 Days’ urged

WASHINGTON | In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised “the tens of thousands” of participants for their witness to the “value of every human life” and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death. “You give witness to the world of your understanding… Read more »

Pope meets with clergy sex abuse victims in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile | Pope Francis met in private Jan. 16 with survivors of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, a Vatican spokesman said. Greg Burke, the spokesman, said the pope met with “a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests” at the apostolic nunciature in Santiago, Chile. “The meeting took place in a strictly… Read more »