Category: National and International

Toronto cardinal calls for prayers after van kills at least 10

TORONTO | Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins called for special prayers after a van jumped a curb and killed at least 10 people on a busy Toronto street. Although officials said the April 23 incident did not appear to be terrorism, they said it did appear to be deliberate. Cabinet members from leading industrialized nations were… Read more »

Fewer refugees accepted into U.S. impacts Catholic resettlement programs

WASHINGTON | War, famine and gang violence have created the largest global refugee population since World War II, yet the U.S. has drastically cut the numbers of refugees it will accept, causing the reduction and closure of Catholic resettlement programs nationwide. Nearly 20 U.S. Catholic refugee resettlement programs have closed in the past two years… Read more »

Bishops throw support behind another bill to protect undocumented youth

WASHINGTON | The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration announced support April 25 for a bipartisan bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for young adults brought into the country as minors without legal documentation. The proposed bill also calls for an increase in security at the border between Mexico and the U.S.,… Read more »

In Henan, Chinese Catholics warned to follow rules on religious affairs

HONG KONG | Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs. reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run… Read more »

‘Is my dad in heaven,’ little boy asks pope

ROME | After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of the Cross parish April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How… Read more »

USCCB migration chair shares concerns prompted by border troops

WASHINGTON | The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration committee said April 11 he agrees with concerns raised issued by U.S. bishops on the southern border about President Donald Trump’s call to deploy National Guard troops to the region. “Current law entitles those fleeing persecution and arriving in our country… Read more »

Philippines to deport Australian nun, 71, who advocated for farmers

MANILA, Philippines | Philippine authorities have arrested, detained and intend to deport a 71-year-old Australian nun for allegedly engaging in illegal political activities. reported immigration officers arrested Sister Patricia Fox, Philippine superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, at her convent in Quezon City April 16. Although the prosecutor in charge “found… Read more »

Rwanda genocide’s lesson: Don’t be defined by the past

American witness to 1994 massacres spreads good news of healing that followed MIAMI | When Gabriela Latimer was in eighth grade, her teacher advised her not to pursue a history project on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, deeming it too graphic. Over 800,000 people were killed in about 100 days, so the teacher had a… Read more »

As economic crisis drags on, Venezuelan nuns forced to turn away elderly

CARACAS, Venezuela | The most dreaded part of Sister Emilia Rivero’s day comes each morning. When she opens the door to the nursing home she runs in downtown Caracas, she almost always finds six to eight senior citizens, sometimes with their families, waiting outside, hoping she has space. Sister Rivero usually must turn them away…. Read more »

To honor Rev. King, work harder for justice, U.S. bishops urge

WASHINGTON  |  Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, “we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee said March 28. On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray gunned… Read more »