Category: National and International

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

WASHINGTON  |  U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure “protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

Catholic leaders mourn for victims killed, injured in trafficking tragedy

SAN ANTONIO  |  The “completely senseless deaths” of 10 people who died of heat exhaustion and suffocation they suffered from being held in a tractor-trailer “is an incomprehensible tragedy,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. “There are no words to convey the sadness, despair and, yes, even anger we feel today,” he said in… Read more »

Religious order welcomes gas pipeline opponents to pray at new ‘chapel’

WASHINGTON  |  As chapels go, the simple structure on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is not much. It’s more of an arbor, really: four posts and several cross boards built near a cornfield on farmland the sisters lease. Several pewlike benches are arranged around it. Still,… Read more »

Q-and-A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

WASHINGTON  |  The Vatican recently published a circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist,” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis. Dated June 15 — the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ — the letter was made public by the Vatican July 8. Because bread and wine… Read more »

News Pope tells archbishops not to be ‘armchair Catholics,’ but apostles

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s new cardinals and new archbishops must be willing to risk everything, patiently endure evil and bear crosses like Jesus did, Pope Francis said. “The Lord answers our prayers. He is faithful to the love we have professed for him, and he stands beside us at times of trial.”… Read more »

Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

VATICAN CITY  |  Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post. The Vatican announced July 1 that the pope chose as prefect Spanish Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer,… Read more »

Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

SAN DIEGO | During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew. “It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled. But as it turned out, he… Read more »

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

VATICAN CITY  |  To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be found on… Read more »

U.S. Catholic honored as missionary, physician working in Sudan war zone

WASHINGTON |  Hidden in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, a war zone for the past few years, a U.S. Catholic missionary, Dr. Tom Catena, ministers to a village of 750,000 people as the single medical doctor in the area. He says his faith is the primary motivation for his work and that he relies on… Read more »