Category: National and International

Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors. The announcement came first from the U.S. Conference of… Read more »

Texas Catholic ‘respite’ center serves as symbol of American compassion

MCALLEN, Texas | It’s been featured in fundraisers at the Vatican and on news shows. This summer, it’s been visited by Kerry Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s daughter, and TV celebrity Gayle King. The U.S. bishops recently made it the first stop on a high-profile visit to the border. But the real celebrities who walk… Read more »

Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

RANCHI, India | Theodore Kiro held 13-month-old Navya on her return to his family after they were separated for a week. The crying baby happily clung to Kiro, whom she knows as her grandfather. Navya is one of the four babies whose fate became entangled in the recent child trafficking scandal broke at Rachi’s Nirmal… Read more »

O’Malley: Actions needed now to address claims against cardinal

BOSTON | Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said “a major gap still exists” when it comes to the Catholic Church’s policies on sexual abuse and conduct as it pertains, not just to priests, but in cases of accusations against cardinals and bishops. It was a clear reference to recent sex abuse allegations made against Cardinal… Read more »

CRS student ambassadors stress need for human dignity to Congress

WASHINGTON | Denise Ssettimba just began her brief presentation to an aide to Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, on the need to maintain U.S. funding for global anti-hunger efforts when two congressional dining staffers with food carts in tow asked to squeeze by in a busy hallway in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The 18-year-old Xavier… Read more »

Night of terror: Inside the Catholic church attacked by Nicaragua’s paramilitary

Managua, Nicaragua | A fire in the church. Bullet holes in the tabernacle. Students fleeing for their lives. Father Raul Zamora, who serves as parish priest at Divine Mercy parish in Nicaragua, told CNA about his decision to take in 150 university students after paramilitary opened fire on their protest earlier this month – and… Read more »

New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

Washington D.C., | A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun. The New York Times reported July 19 the man’s… Read more »

Cardinal calls all to pray Supreme Court will move to protect life in law

WASHINGTON | New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called July 19 for a national prayer campaign effort that “the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.” “As… Read more »

Simple act of providing jugs of water in desert prevents migrant deaths

AJO, Ariz. | In the Sonoran Desert northeast of Ajo, temperatures can soar to mid-90s in late spring and above 100 degrees in the summer. This vast, arid landscape of mountain ranges, arroyos and valleys, typical throughout southern Arizona, is where undocumented migrants make a path to find a better life in the United States…. Read more »

Pulled from the sea, migrant’s rescue puts spotlight on Italian policy

ROME | Tweeting with hashtags that translate as “Closed ports” and “Open hearts,” Italy’s interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat. Matteo Salvini, the minister, has given strong support to Italy’s… Read more »