Category: National and International

Keep God’s love alive, pope tells young people at World Youth Day

PANAMA CITY | Young men and women in the church can bring the joy of the Gospel to the world by showing that God’s love extends to all people and excludes no one, Pope Francis said. “By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, your desires and above all your sensitivity,… Read more »

Covington school incident: Investigation begins, discussion ongoing

WASHINGTON | Days after the now-famous exchange took place between Covington Catholic High School students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington, the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, announced it would begin a third-party investigation into what happened at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial following the annual March for Life Jan. 18. “This is… Read more »

Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect ‘vulnerable’ groups

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump and Congress “must come together” to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and “recognizes the economic struggle” now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S…. Read more »

Youth at Mass for Life thanked for offering sign of hope for the future

WASHINGTON | They came from near and far, and even from Down Under, united in prayer and in standing together for life at the Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life, held Jan. 18 at the Capital One Arena in Washington. The estimated crowd of 18,000 came from the Washington area and… Read more »

Bishops must realize seriousness of abuse crisis, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PANAMA | The primary goal of the Vatican’s February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said. During a news conference with journalists Jan. 27 on his flight to Rome from Panama, the pope said the presidents… Read more »

Bishops address abuse scandal with U.S. pilgrims at World Youth Day

PANAMA CITY | As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims. “It’s not easy being Christian, it’s not easy being Catholic … especially today when… Read more »

Rev. King called ‘artisan of peace’ and ‘true witness to power of Gospel’

WASHINGTON | Societies today need “artisans of peace,” like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rev. King “was a messenger and true witness… Read more »

Pope says he’s pained by deaths in Colombia, the Mediterranean

VATICAN CITY | When Pope Francis led the recitation of the Angelus prayer Jan. 20, he told the crowd in St. Peter’s Square that he had “two pains in my heart: Colombia and the Mediterranean.” “I want to assure the Colombian people of my closeness after the serious terrorist attack” Jan. 17 outside the national… Read more »

Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges he knew of one accusation against predecessor

WASHINGTON | In a second letter issued in mid-January about what he knew and didn’t regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington’s retired archbishop, apologized Jan. 15 for what he called a “lapse of memory,” clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E…. Read more »