Category: National and International

Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius | Statistical indicators show Mauritius’ rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island’s Catholics to be careful. The danger is that “we can yield to the temptation to lose our enthusiasm for evangelization by… Read more »

Dorian recovery work shows ‘we are your brother’s keeper,’ says volunteer

MIAMI | As catastrophic as Hurricane Dorian was, the characteristic optimism of Bahamians will help soften the painful recovery to come, according to a hurricane-preparedness volunteer in Nassau. “There was nothing we could have done to prepare (for Hurricane Dorian), but when you talk to me again five years from now, I will be happy… Read more »

CLINIC sues administration over new directives for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump’s appointment of Ken Cuccinelli to a top immigration position violated federal law and therefore certain actions undertaken by his office are not legally valid, a federal lawsuit argues. The complaint was filed Sept. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and challenges three directives from Cuccinelli,… Read more »

Court allows administration to bar asylum-seekers for now

WASHINGTON | The Supreme Court issued an unsigned order late Sept. 11 that will temporarily allow the Trump administration to enforce its new rule preventing many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal battle over this issue continues to work its way through the courts. The order temporarily reverses… Read more »

Pope: Ideological fixation, not ‘loyal criticism,’ feeds possibility of schism

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MADAGASCAR (CNS) — Pope Francis told reporters he hoped and prayed the Catholic Church would not experience a new schism, but human freedom means people always have had and will have the “schism option.” “I pray that there not be schism, but I am not afraid,” Pope Francis told reporters… Read more »

Nassau archbishop assesses post-hurricane challenges in Bahamas

MIAMI | Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, celebrated Mass Sept. 8 for evacuee families and Catholic school staff members a week after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the islands. “I spoke about the hurricane aftermath, then invited the people to come up for a blessing and we spent some time in quiet prayer commending… Read more »

Pope to create 13 new cardinals in October

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis announced he will create 13 new cardinals Oct. 5, choosing prelates from 13 different nations as a sign of “the missionary vocation of the church that continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all men and women of the earth.” The only Canadian named was 73-year-old Jesuit Father… Read more »

Pope leaves Mozambique urging reconciliation

MAPUTO, Mozambique | When Jesus told his disciples to love one another and pray for their enemies, he meant it — even disciples in a nation like Mozambique, where political tensions have led to violence, war and death, Pope Francis said. The pope ended his visit to Mozambique Sept. 6 with a visit to a… Read more »

Cardinal Tobin joins Catholics protesting detention

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, blessed and then prayed near a group of Catholics who blocked a crosswalk, arranging themselves in the shape of a cross in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark Sept. 4, to protest the detention of children and families in immigration facilities. About 400… Read more »

Resident: Death toll in Bahamas likely higher than reported

MIAMI | The Bahamanian government’s estimated death toll from Hurricane Dorian is likely to rise if and when members of the Haitian immigrant community are accounted for and when search and rescue operations begin in earnest, said an attorney in the Bahamas. Geoffrey Farquharson, who lives in Nassau where he practices private law, said two… Read more »