Category: National and International

Mexican shelters strain with arrival of asylum-seekers at U.S. border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico | Gangs in Honduras first threated Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully. In his absence, the gangs threatened Garcia, sending her on the migrant path with her children, ages 2 and 5…. Read more »

Does God want religious diversity? Abu Dhabi text raises questions

VATICAN CITY | That many religions exist in the world is a fact, but what that plurality communicates to believers about God is a question that theologians are still discussing. Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, a leading authority for many Sunni Muslims, stepped into the debate Feb. 4 when they… Read more »

Rubio: Blocking aid to Venezuela is a ‘crime against humanity’

Washington D.C.  |  Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared a blockade stopping food and medical aid from entering the country to a war crime. The senator said leaders of the country’s security forces must choose between their orders and the needs of their families, neighbors and… Read more »

To ignore trafficking is to be complicit in the crime, pope says

VATICAN CITY  |  To be indifferent to or ignore human trafficking and modern-day slavery would be to become an accomplice to those crimes, Pope Francis said. “Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times,” he said in a video explaining his prayer intention for the month of February. “We cannot… Read more »

Trump defends rights of faith-based adoption agencies at prayer breakfast

WASHINGTON | Touting efforts to protect religious freedom, President Donald Trump told the National Prayer Breakfast that his administration would defend the right of faith-based adoption agencies to place children in families based on firmly held religious beliefs. “We will always protect our country’s proud tradition of faith-based adoption,” Trump said. “My administration is working… Read more »

French order, acknowledging abuse by founder, clarifies pope’s remarks

VATICAN CITY | The leaders of three branches of the French religious Community of St. John insist their order has enacted strong protections against clerical sexual abuse, including the abuse of its nuns by its priests and brothers. Leaders of the men’s community and the active and contemplative groups of women issued a statement Feb…. Read more »

CLINIC, partners want end to ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON | Immigrant advocates called on the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy that finds the United States returning migrants across the southern border to await their U.S. court hearings. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Dilley Pro Bono Project said in a Feb. 6 letter to Homeland… Read more »

Head of U.S. bishops says new ‘season’ could come after abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | The laity may be angry over the most recent revelations of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, but bishops, particularly younger ones, share in that anger and “want to move with real force” toward solutions and it could yield a new season for the church, said the president of the U.S. Conference of… Read more »

Pope, on flight, talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders. He told reporters flying back to Rome with him Feb. 5 from Abu Dhabi that people are… Read more »

Analysis: As abuse summit looms, Farrell appointed and McCarrick case lingers


Vatican City | As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Catholic commentators and U.S. bishops are waiting to see what it can accomplish. But just as eagerly, they are waiting to see what will become of Theodore McCarrick. The two events have become, by dint of timing, linked in a… Read more »