Category: National and International

Volcano’s lava flow displaces members of one Hawaii parish

HONOLULU | In addition to offering prayers, the Catholic Church is stepping into action on behalf of hundreds of residents displaced from a fierce and unpredictable volcanic eruption. Members of Sacred Heart Parish in the town of Pahoa in the Puna District of the island of Hawaii — known colloquially as the Big Island —… Read more »

All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says

VATICAN CITY | Financial and economic decisions — everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence — are ethical decisions that can be virtuous or sinful, a new Vatican document said. “There can be no area of human action that legitimately claims to be… Read more »

Vatican: Pope wants bishops to take responsibility for abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis called the bishops of Chile to the Vatican to “examine the causes and consequences” of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and acknowledge personal responsibility and “the mechanisms that in some cases led to a cover up and serious omissions regarding the victims,” the Vatican said. In a statement May 12,… Read more »

Runway to heaven: Vatican, The Met highlight faith, fashion

VATICAN CITY | When Pope Benedict XVI’s custom-made red leather loafers became a signature part of his wardrobe after his election in 2005, Newsweek labeled him “a religious-fashion icon” and Esquire named him “Accessorizer of the Year.” While some critics saw the media’s sudden fixation on papal fashion as frivolous and a way of trivializing… Read more »

Jerusalem archbishop calls for prayers for peace as violence increases

JERUSALEM | As the world witnesses “another outburst of hatred and violence, which is once again bleeding all over the Holy Land,” the head of Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarchate called for prayers for peace. “We need to pray more for peace and our conversion and for all,” said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the patriarchate,… Read more »

Indonesian Christian leaders call for unity after suicide bombings

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia’s second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. reported that early May 14, a family of five, including three children, carried out a suicide bombing… Read more »

Dozens killed in protests as U.S. embassy inaugurated in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM | As the new United States embassy was inaugurated in Jerusalem May 14, violence broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers. International media reported that in Gaza, at least 52 people were killed, including five under the age of 18, and some 2,000 were injured. The death toll was expected to rise. Palestinians… Read more »

Sudan rebel leader praises Catholic work in liberated area

NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan (CNS) — The leader of a rebel group fighting the government of Sudan says the Catholic Church has given hope to the people of that country’s war-torn Nuba Mountains. Abdelaziz Adam al-Hilu, chair of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North, says the accompaniment of the church, under the leadership of retired Bishop Macram Max… Read more »

Bishops discuss how their moms gave practical, spiritual help

WASHINGTON | Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the USCCB’s Marriage Unique for a Reason website, spoke about what they admired about… Read more »

Irish pro-life campaigners criticize Google decision to ban campaign ads

A video to accompany this story can be found at DUBLIN | Irish pro-life campaigners have criticized a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. The government wants voters to… Read more »