Category: National and International

Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO IQUIQUE, Chile | Love was literally in the air as Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding ceremony at 36,000 feet aboard his flight in Chile. During his flight to Iquique Jan. 18, the pope was approached by LatAm flight steward Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga and asked for a blessing for him… Read more »

At final Mass in Chile, pope says cry of migrants is prayer to God

IQUIQUE, Chile | Christians must be aware of the injustices and exploitation suffered by migrants and those seeking a better life for themselves and their families, Pope Francis said. On the last leg of his trip in Chile, the pope said the cry of the poor “opens our hearts and teaches us to be attentive.”… Read more »

Pro-life marchers want their message to transcend politics

WASHINGTON | In a sea of printed signs and huge student groups in colorful toboggan caps at the March for Life rally, Ed York was an outlier. He’d made the two-hour drive to the National Mall Jan. 19 from his home in Martinsburg, West Virginia, not with a group on a bus pilgrimage, but only… Read more »

Cardinal invokes Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in march vigil homily

WASHINGTON | New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invoked the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a homily at the Jan. 18 Mass that opened the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Like “Pastor King,” as Cardinal Dolan referred to him throughout his homily, “our belief in the dignity of the human person and the sacredness… Read more »

Catholics condemn ‘racist’ comments attributed to president

WASHINGTON | Some Catholics said it was more important to look at the sentiment, not the vulgarity of the words the president of the United States allegedly used to refer to immigrants from certain countries: Disparaging, hateful, racist. Those are the words some Catholic organizations used to describe how they feel about profane comments attributed… Read more »

March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in ‘9 Days’ urged

WASHINGTON | In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised “the tens of thousands” of participants for their witness to the “value of every human life” and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death. “You give witness to the world of your understanding… Read more »

Pope meets with clergy sex abuse victims in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile | Pope Francis met in private Jan. 16 with survivors of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, a Vatican spokesman said. Greg Burke, the spokesman, said the pope met with “a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests” at the apostolic nunciature in Santiago, Chile. “The meeting took place in a strictly… Read more »

Division, segregation a threat to humanity, pope tells indigenous people

TEMUCO, Chile | Celebrating Mass in a land steeped in indigenous history and culture, Pope Francis said the greatest threat facing humanity is the stifling of differences driven by the idea that some cultures are better than others. Greeting members of the Mapuche people and other indigenous peoples living in southern Chile Jan. 17, Pope… Read more »

Event aims to continue prayers following March for Life

WASHINGTON | A day before the Jan. 19 March for Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching what it calls a virtual pilgrimage through the “9 Days for Life” event, asking Catholics and people of goodwill to participate, in person or via social media, in a variety of prayers. “We’re calling it a… Read more »

Fear becomes sin when it leads to hostility toward migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Being afraid and concerned about the impact of migration is not a sin, Pope Francis said, but it is a sin to let those fears lead to a refusal to help people in need. “The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect… Read more »