Category: National and International

‘You have to have faith,’ Bahamian resident says of Dorian recovery

WASHINGTON | Cathy Nottage, a resident of Elbow Cay — an 8-mile-long stretch in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas — has had to take a lot of things by faith in the days since Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas and left much of the islands in rubble or underwater. She and her husband… Read more »

Why should Catholics care about the Hong Kong protests?

Hong Kong, China | The people of Hong Kong are no strangers to political protest. Large-scale demonstrations have rocked the island territory since early June, when an estimated 1 million marchers took to the streets, chanting and singing. The protests began as a response to a controversial bill, put forth in February by the government… Read more »

Pope in Mozambique talks peace and politics

MAPUTO, Mozambique | With a courtesy and solemnity seldom seen at a gathering of opposing political leaders, Mozambican politicians came together a month before their general election to welcome Pope Francis and pledge to work for peace and the common good. The elections Oct. 15 will see the current president, Filipe Nyusi, leader of the… Read more »

Laicized cardinal, in interview, continues to deny abuse allegations

WASHINGTON | Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington who was laicized last February following a Vatican trial on sexual abuse charges leveled against him, continued to deny he had abused anyone in an August interview with the online journal Slate. “I’m not as bad as they paint me,” McCarrick told Slate, which… Read more »

Parkland survivors, U.S. bishops have much in common on gun violence

WASHINGTON | After the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 14, 2018 — this century’s Valentine’s Day Massacre — students who survived the attack have made the case for stricter gun laws, organizing under the banner March for Our Lives. On Aug. 21, March for… Read more »

Pope, bishops urge action to save burning rainforest

VATICAN CITY | Describing the Amazon rainforest as “vital for our planet,” Pope Francis joined the regions bishops in praying for action to extinguish the massive fires burning there. “We are all worried about the vast fires that have developed in the Amazon,” the pope said Aug. 25 after leading the recitation of the Angelus… Read more »

Bishop: Wildfires point to urgency of Amazon synod

LIMA, Peru | Wildfires raging in Bolivia and Brazil underscore the urgency of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon that Pope Francis has called for October, said Bishop Eugenio Coter of the apostolic vicariate of Pando in northern Bolivia. Fires in the Bolivian Amazon have burned an area about the size of Connecticut and… Read more »

The Real Presence: What do Catholics believe and how church can respond

WASHINGTON | Do Catholics believe that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ? A Pew Research Center survey released Aug. 5 found that nearly 70% of Catholics believe that the bread and wine used for Communion during Mass are “symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ,” while about 30% believe… Read more »

Bishops welcome rule on religious employers’ rights

WASHINGTON | The chairmen of three U.S. bishops’ committees Aug. 21 welcomed a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor aimed at clarifying religious protections that may be invoked by federal contractors, including faith-based organizations. “Faith-based groups should have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field as they seek to partner with… Read more »

Bishops urge action to save burning Amazon rainforest

SAO PAULO | “Crying out to the world for solidarity,” leaders of the Latin American bishops’ council urged international action to save the Amazon rainforest as massive fires continued to burn. “We urge the governments of the Amazonian countries, especially Brazil and Bolivia, the United Nations and the international community to take serious measures to… Read more »