Category: National and International

In Myanmar and Bangladesh, pope calls for dialogue and respect for all

VATICAN CITY | As on every papal trip, Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh included a mix of meetings with government officials and events focused firmly on the nations’ Catholic communities. The political implications of his Nov. 27-30 stay in Myanmar and his Nov. 30-Dec. 2 stop in Bangladesh grabbed the headlines mainly because… Read more »

Advent is time to identify sin, help the poor, see beauty, pope says

VATICAN CITY  |  Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis told people… Read more »

Wars, violent conflicts main drivers of human trafficking, says nuncio

UNITED NATIONS | As long as wars and conflicts rage, “trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation, forced labor and similar crimes will continue to flourish,” said the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations. “To eradicate trafficking in persons, we must confront all its economic, environmental, political, and ethical causes, but it is particularly important to… Read more »

Strong net neutrality protections called critical to faith community

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation’s faith communities and how they interact with their members. “Without open internet principles which prohibit paid prioritization, we might… Read more »

Pope, USCCB president pray for victims of Egyptian mosque attack

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis led pilgrims in prayer for the victims of a bombing at a mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai region. Addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said he received news of the attack with “great sorrow.” “May God deliver us from these tragedies and sustain the efforts… Read more »

Pope arrives in Bangladesh, praises country’s welcome of Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh | The government and people of Bangladesh have shown exemplary generosity in welcoming hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, despite great demands placed on already limited resources, Pope Francis said. Arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar Nov. 30, Pope Francis wasted no time in mentioning the plight of the refugees who have… Read more »

Congress urged to ‘fix fundamental flaws’ in final tax reform bill

WASHINGTON | Congress must “fix the fundamental flaws” in both the Senate and House versions of the tax reform proposal as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a final bill, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, the chairman, issued… Read more »

2,400 faith leaders ask Senate to nix tax cut legislation

WASHINGTON | More than 2,400 religious faith leaders, including hundreds of Catholic women religious and dozens of priests, asked the U.S. Senate to vote down tax cut legislation.   In a Nov. 29 letter to senators, the leaders called the bill “fiscally irresponsible” and said that it “endangers our country’s economic health.” The letter added… Read more »

Church leaders decry administration plan to end TPS for Haitians

WASHINGTON | Advocates and church leaders rallied around 58,000 Haitians living in the United States since a ferocious 2010 earthquake after the Trump administration moved to end a humanitarian program that allowed them stay in the country. The Haitians will be forced to leave the country by July 22, 2019, or face deportation. Department of… Read more »

Buddhists, Christians must reclaim values that lead to peace, pope says

YANGON, Myanmar | Christians and Buddhists are called by faith to overcome evil with goodness and violence with peace, Pope Francis said during a meeting with leaders of Myanmar’s Buddhist community. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi and Buddha, the pope insisted that in a land where the powerfully bonded pairing of religion and ethnicity have… Read more »