Category: National and International

Priest: Few at Mexico-U.S. border will have asylum claims accepted

MEXICO CITY | The first members of the Central American caravan of migrants have been allowed to make asylum claims, but a Scalabrinian priest said “very, very few” have their applications accepted. Some 20 members of the caravan, which traveled across Mexico and arrived in Tijuana on the U.S. border in late April, were forced… Read more »

Dismissal of Catholic House of Representatives chaplain sparks outrage

WASHINGTON | The apparent forced resignation of the chaplain who tends to the spiritual needs of the U.S. House of Representatives and is Catholic has drawn fire against the Speaker of the House, who also is Catholic. Earlier in April, news trickled out that Jesuit Father Patrick Conroy, a beloved figure on Capitol Hill, was… Read more »

Pope asks Catholics to pray the rosary for peace each day in May

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the rosary for peace. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in made… Read more »

Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia | After a monthlong pre-trial hearing, an Australian judge ordered Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on multiple charges of sexual abuse of minors, charges the cardinal consistently has denied. While dropping some of the charges, including what Cardinal Pell’s lawyer described as the most “vile,” Magistrate Belinda Wallington announced May 1 that… Read more »

Trump signs order to give faith groups stronger voice in government

WASHINGTON | In front of a small crowd of cabinet members and religious leaders at the White House Rose Garden May 3, President Donald Trump announced, and then signed, an executive order giving faith-based groups a stronger voice in the federal government. “It’s a great day,” he said after signing the order and passing out… Read more »

Clergy abuse survivors grateful after private meetings with pope

VATICAN CITY | After private meetings with Pope Francis, three survivors of clergy sexual abuse from Chile said they felt they had been heard and were hopeful for changes in the way the Catholic Church handles accusations of abuse. “I spoke for more than two and a half hours alone with Pope Francis. He listened… Read more »

Pope, others mourn death of British toddler Alfie Evans

LIVERPOOL, England | Pope Francis said he was mourning the death of English toddler Alfie Evans, who died four days after doctors withdrew his life support system. The 23-month-old boy died at about 2:30 a.m. April 28 after his father, Tom Evans, spent 10 minutes trying to revive him by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, according to reports… Read more »

Kentucky chaplain brings God’s love to the horse racing track

LOUISVILLE, Ky. | Daisy Baez walks along the rows of barns on the backside of Churchill Downs before day breaks on a Wednesday two weeks before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, the world’s most famous horse race. On the first Saturday of May, all eyes will be on the prized thoroughbreds who will… Read more »

Faith-based groups say fighting created humanitarian crisis in Yemen

AMMAN, Jordan | Catholic and other faith-based aid groups are urging an end to fighting in Yemen, where three years of war have created a humanitarian crisis, including “the world’s largest food security emergency,” according to the United Nations. Children are bearing the brunt of Yemen’s conflict, the U.N. warned, with 80 percent of them… Read more »

Through work by sisters, church in Cuba extends its reach beyond parishes

Forbidden by the communist government to run official Catholic schools, a congregation in Havana quietly offers alternative after-school courses focusing on the arts. Parents, who learn about the program by word of mouth or church bulletins, tell the sisters they’d prefer the classes focus on math and science rather than guitar lessons, theater and painting…. Read more »