Category: National and International

Sudan rebel leader praises Catholic work in liberated area

NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan (CNS) — The leader of a rebel group fighting the government of Sudan says the Catholic Church has given hope to the people of that country’s war-torn Nuba Mountains. Abdelaziz Adam al-Hilu, chair of Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North, says the accompaniment of the church, under the leadership of retired Bishop Macram Max… Read more »

Bishops discuss how their moms gave practical, spiritual help

WASHINGTON | Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the USCCB’s Marriage Unique for a Reason website, spoke about what they admired about… Read more »

Irish pro-life campaigners criticize Google decision to ban campaign ads

A video to accompany this story can be found at https://youtu.be/YF3P6HSbTRM DUBLIN | Irish pro-life campaigners have criticized a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. The government wants voters to… Read more »

Speaker: U.S. should recognize past flaws in promoting religious freedom

WASHINGTON | It is time for the United States to take a “self-critical” look at how it has treated religious freedom issues among its own leaders, said one speaker at a May 8 policy briefing near the Capitol with the new U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, Sam Brownback, in attendance. “We need… Read more »

Catholic groups decry end to Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders were angered and disappointed by the Trump administration’s May 4 decision to end Temporary Protected Status, popularly known as TPS, to more than 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States. Hondurans who arrived in the United States after their country was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 now have until Jan…. Read more »

Catholic groups highlight plight of immigrant mothers on Mother’s Day

WASHINGTON | Days before the U.S. celebrated Mother’s Day May 13, the national group Faith in Action urged others to think about immigrant mothers who have been separated from their children or run the risk of never seeing them again. During a May 8 conference call, Faith in Action, a grass-roots faith-based network in the… Read more »

Catholic Charities USA leader: Accompanying migrants is the Gospel way

PORTLAND, Ore. | The head of Catholic Charities USA is saddened that many Catholics have “become acclimated” to national resentment over migrants. Dominican Sister Donna Markham, the agency’s president and CEO, told an audience during the Msgr. Thomas Tobin Lecture on Catholic social teaching May 4 that some Catholics have sidestepped the lessons of Jesus,… Read more »

Central African cardinal warns against revenge after church attack

BANGUI, Central African Republic | A cardinal in the Central African Republic warned against revenge after a priest and at least 24 lay Catholics were killed during a gun and grenade attack on a Mass in the country’s capital. “For decades now, what have we done with our country: coups d’etat, mutinies, repeated rebellions?” said… Read more »

Love is constant caring for others, pope says at parish visit

ROME | Love is not all hearts and flowers or what is presented in a sappy romantic film, Pope Francis said. “Love is something else. Love is taking responsibility for others.” Visiting Blessed Sacrament parish in the Rome suburb of Tor de’ Schiavi May 6, Pope Francis focused both on the day’s Gospel reading about… Read more »

Bishops’ conferences join efforts to help Venezuelan refugees

VATICAN CITY | With the help of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Vatican Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, eight bishops’ conferences in Latin America have joined efforts to assist Venezuelans in transit through or settling in their home countries. Called “Bridges of Solidarity,” the two-year pastoral program seeks to “find… Read more »