Category: National and International

Division, segregation a threat to humanity, pope tells indigenous people

TEMUCO, Chile | Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others. Greeting members of the Mapuche people and other indigenous peoples living in southern Chile Jan. 17, Pope… Read more »

Event aims to continue prayers following March for Life

WASHINGTON | A day before the Jan. 19 March for Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching what it calls a virtual pilgrimage through the “9 Days for Life” event, asking Catholics and people of goodwill to participate, in person or via social media, in a variety of prayers. “We’re calling it a… Read more »

Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility toward migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. “The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect… Read more »

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile | Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government authorities and members of the country’s diplomatic corps Jan. 16, the pope expressed his “pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the church.” “I… Read more »

Young adults gather for fellowship, learn ways to share faith with world

CHICAGO | More than 8,000 young adults from around the country gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago in early January to gain the tools to share their faith with the world. They were attending SLS18, a biennial conference sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, known as FOCUS. Mass was the focal point of… Read more »

Bishops ‘encouraged’ by consensus that DACA solution ‘urgently needed’

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops “are encouraged by the consensus” that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is “urgently needed,” said the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. The bishops also “are pleased to see the mutual understanding that ensuring protection for these young people should be… Read more »

Catholic school founder among mudslides’ fatalities in California

MONTECITO, Calif. | The founder of a Catholic school in Ventura is among the fatalities caused by mudslides in Southern California, which have left at least 17 people dead and many others missing or injured in Montecito. About 100 homes were destroyed and hundreds of others were severely damaged in the coastal enclave of about… Read more »

Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump’s decision to end DACA

SAN FRANCISCO | A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March. In a 49-page ruling, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said his nationwide injunction appropriate because “our… Read more »

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

VATICAN CITY | Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said. “Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it is not to have a place to lay one’s… Read more »

In Puerto Rico, much work to do and much suffering remains, says cardinal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | What Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich learned in visiting and talking to the people of Puerto Rico Dec. 3-6 is that “there’s a lot of work to do, a lot of people suffering” nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. In a pastoral visit made on behalf of… Read more »