Category: National and International

CLINIC, partners want end to ‘remain in Mexico’ policy for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON | Immigrant advocates called on the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy that finds the United States returning migrants across the southern border to await their U.S. court hearings. The Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Dilley Pro Bono Project said in a Feb. 6 letter to Homeland… Read more »

Head of U.S. bishops says new ‘season’ could come after abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | The laity may be angry over the most recent revelations of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, but bishops, particularly younger ones, share in that anger and “want to move with real force” toward solutions and it could yield a new season for the church, said the president of the U.S. Conference of… Read more »

Pope, on flight, talks about dialogue, war, abuse of women religious

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pope Francis told reporters he is more afraid of the consequences of not engaging in interreligious dialogue than he is of being manipulated by some Muslim leaders. He told reporters flying back to Rome with him Feb. 5 from Abu Dhabi that people are… Read more »

Analysis: As abuse summit looms, Farrell appointed and McCarrick case lingers


Vatican City | As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Catholic commentators and U.S. bishops are waiting to see what it can accomplish. But just as eagerly, they are waiting to see what will become of Theodore McCarrick. The two events have become, by dint of timing, linked in a… Read more »

Archbishop urges Senate to OK bill to protect babies who survive abortion

WASHINGTON | It is “unconscionable” that the U.S. Senate failed to “unanimously declare to the nation that infanticide is objectively wrong,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “No newborn should be left to suffer or die without medical care. It is barbaric and merciless to leave these vulnerable infants without… Read more »

Dioceses warned of possible legal action by Ky. student’s lawyers

WASHINGTON | Two weeks after the much-talked about and interpreted incident that occurred between Catholic high school students, a Native American tribal leader and members of another protest group, lawyers for one of the students sent more than 50 letters to media outlets, individual journalists, celebrities and Catholic dioceses and archdioceses warning of possible legal… Read more »

For second time in months, CRS forced to cut funding to Gaza

JERUSALEM | Catholic Relief Services cut its services to needy people in the Gaza Strip by closing a U.S. government-funded program because of the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act. This was the second CRS program in Gaza affected the U.S. government decisions in recent months: The first was the administration’s freeze on funding to medical and humanitarian… Read more »

Summit, lawyers discuss what’s needed to solve church’s abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | Permanent solutions to the church’s sexual abuse crisis are going to require a greater level of lay participation and more legal muscle. These were conclusions discussed at two events in Washington: a lawyers’ panel at the Catholic Information Center, sponsored by the Thomas More Society Jan. 31, and a media conference Feb. 2… Read more »

Witness to Christ with love, pope tells Catholics on Arabian Peninsula

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others. The UAE Catholic community, which numbers close to 1 million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India… Read more »

True belief leads to respect, peace, pope says at interreligious meeting

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, Pope Francis urged leaders of the world’s main religions to embrace a broader vision of freedom, justice, tolerance and peace. Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi Feb. 4, Pope Francis… Read more »