Category: National and International

U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation

WASHINGTON | The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain. Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, it would punish doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases… Read more »

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

WASHINGTON | The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance. Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised… Read more »

Pope pledges church commitment to fight child abuse online, offline

VATICAN CITY | Acknowledging how often the Catholic Church failed to protect children from sexual abuse, Pope Francis pledged “to work strenuously and with foresight for the protection of minors and their dignity,” including online. “As all of us know, in recent years the church has come to acknowledge her own failures in providing for… Read more »

Las Vegas Catholic churches, schools respond to shooting with prayers

WASHINGTON | Students at St. Viator Parish School in Las Vegas began school Oct. 2 — hours after the mass shooting in that city — by praying the rosary together in the school gym. The school is just three miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, the location of most of the city’s largest hotels… Read more »

Building culture of life happens through daily actions, says cardinal

WASHINGTON | Building a culture of life is “essential to who we are” and it “happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another and how we live our lives,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The U.S. Catholic Church observes each October as Respect Life… Read more »

Rev. King’s words on nonviolence need to be lived today, speakers say

WASHINGTON | The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s support of nonviolence to bring about social change applies as much to today’s society as it did when Rev. King put his philosophy to paper 60 years ago, said speakers at an Oct. 2 news conference at the memorial dedicated to the civil rights figure in Washington…. Read more »

Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

WASHINGTON | The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer — a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights — has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists. The church, with a statue of Jesus, his arms outstretched, near its entrance, became a different… Read more »

USCCB president, pope call for prayers after ‘unspeakable terror’

WASHINGTON | The nation has experienced “yet another night filled with unspeakable terror,” and “we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. In Las Vegas, a gunman identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, was… Read more »

A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help

WASHINGTON | More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid. News programs have been broadcasting about long lines of travelers, who have little food or water, and are desperate to get off the island at the San Juan airport… Read more »

Faith groups ask government to reconsider historically low refugee cap

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops and other faith groups are objecting to reports that the Trump administration will limit the number of refugees the United States accepts to 45,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. It would be the lowest admission level for persons fleeing persecution that the U.S. has accepted since the executive branch… Read more »