Category: National and International

CLINIC says South Sudan TPS extension should have included new arrivals

SILVER SPRING, Md. | Officials with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network criticized the federal Department of Homeland Security for its March 8 decision granting an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan because it does not include recent arrivals from the war-plagued country. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the TPS extension would cover… Read more »

In Philippines, 3 outspoken priests say they’ve received death threats

MANILA, Philippines | Three Catholic priests, known for being outspoken against a wave of drug-related killings, claimed they have received death threats in recent weeks, reported Jesuit Father Albert Alejo, Divine Word Father Flavie Villanueva and Father Robert Reyes told a hastily organized media briefing March 11 that they fear for their lives. “We’re… Read more »

No more excuses; time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

VATICAN CITY | The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. For quite some time, the world has been aware of the “serious scandal” the… Read more »

Church credibility ruined by silent hypocrisy, sister tells summit

VATICAN CITY | The hypocrisy of Catholic leaders who claimed to be guardians of morality yet remained silent about clerical sexual abuse has left the church’s credibility in shambles, an African woman religious told bishops at the Vatican summit on abuse. “Yes, we proclaim the Ten Commandments and ‘parade ourselves’ as being the custodians of… Read more »

Summit affirms need to hold bishops accountable, U.S. cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis affirmed the U.S. bishops’ strong belief that bishops and cardinals who abuse children or cover up abuse must be held accountable, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. The cardinal attended the Feb. 21-24 summit as president of the U.S…. Read more »

Tension grows as Venezuela closes border with Brazil

SAO PAULO | Tensions were high in Pacaraima, Brazil, and Santa Elena, Venezuela, with the announcement by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that he had closed the border between the two countries. “I’ve spoken this morning to my counterparts in Santa Elena, and they say that people arriving from other parts of Venezuela to cross the… Read more »

Harming a child must be ‘line in the sand’ for removal, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | For the Catholic Church, there is a “line in the sand,” which can never be crossed, and that is to not allow anyone who harms or would harm a child to exercise public ministry, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston. In fact, removing someone from public ministry for abuse should be… Read more »

Bishops at summit consider 21 action items to handle, prevent abuse

VATICAN CITY | Immediately after asking bishops and religious superiors to be concrete in confronting the clerical sexual abuse crisis and the need to protect children in the church, Pope Francis handed them a list of 21 action items to consider. From publicizing the contact information for reporting cases of abuse to cooperating with local… Read more »

Vatican official urges reconsidering ‘pontifical secret’ in abuse cases

VATICAN CITY | The Catholic Church should re-examine how “pontifical secret” is applied in clerical sex abuse cases so there is greater transparency in the cases and it is not invoked “to hide problems,” said a canon lawyer and Vatican official. Linda Ghisoni is a canon lawyer who serves as a consultant for the Congregation… Read more »

Knights of Columbus novena underway to pray for success of Vatican summit

WASHINGTON | When they aren’t bagging lunches, serving soup at shelters or preparing pancakes after morning Mass, you can often find members of the Knights of Columbus in prayer. And now Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain, have given the Knights a prayer mission worthy of the organization’s perpetual… Read more »