Category: National and International

‘Enough with the deaths’: Mexican clergy reiterate Chiapas is in crisis

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Clergy in southern Chiapas reiterated warnings of an escalating humanitarian crisis as a land dispute has driven some 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil from their communities and into the mountains to survive in cold and squalid conditions. At least nine people among the displaced population have died. Father Marcelo Perez, a priest attending… Read more »

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

VATICAN CITY | Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. Pope Francis said he could not “keep silent about my deep concern” for Jerusalem and urged respect for “the status quo… Read more »

Bishop lays out detailed policies for ‘morally acceptable’ tax reform

WASHINGTON | In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is “morally acceptable.” Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, also addressed positive aspects of… Read more »

In Myanmar and Bangladesh, pope calls for dialogue and respect for all

VATICAN CITY | As on every papal trip, Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh included a mix of meetings with government officials and events focused firmly on the nations’ Catholic communities. The political implications of his Nov. 27-30 stay in Myanmar and his Nov. 30-Dec. 2 stop in Bangladesh grabbed the headlines mainly because… Read more »

Advent is time to identify sin, help the poor, see beauty, pope says

VATICAN CITY  |  Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis told people… Read more »

Wars, violent conflicts main drivers of human trafficking, says nuncio

UNITED NATIONS | As long as wars and conflicts rage, “trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation, forced labor and similar crimes will continue to flourish,” said the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations. “To eradicate trafficking in persons, we must confront all its economic, environmental, political, and ethical causes, but it is particularly important to… Read more »

Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members. “Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might… Read more »

Pope, USCCB president pray for victims of Egyptian mosque attack

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer for the victims of a bombing at a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai region. Addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said he received news of the attack with “great sorrow.” “May God deliver us from these tragedies and sustain the efforts… Read more »

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country’s welcome of Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh | The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said. Arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar Nov. 30, Pope Francis wasted no time in mentioning the plight of the refugees who have… Read more »

Congress urged to ‘fix fundamental flaws’ in final tax reform bill

WASHINGTON | Congress must “fix the fundamental flaws” in both the Senate and House versions of the tax reform proposal as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a final bill, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, the chairman, issued… Read more »