Category: National and International

A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help

WASHINGTON | More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid. News programs have been broadcasting about long lines of travelers, who have little food or water, and are desperate to get off the island at the San Juan airport… Read more »

Faith groups ask government to reconsider historically low refugee cap

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops and other faith groups are objecting to reports that the Trump administration will limit the number of refugees the United States accepts to 45,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. It would be the lowest admission level for persons fleeing persecution that the U.S. has accepted since the executive branch… Read more »

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees “with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace,” Pope Francis said, launching the “Share the Journey” campaign of Catholic charities around the world. Christians’ embrace of people fleeing war or poverty should be “a bit like the colonnade of St…. Read more »

Blessed Rother ‘an authentic light’ for church and world, says cardinal

OKLAHOMA CITY  |  If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother “fills us with sadness,” it also “gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City. The 13 years Blessed Rother… Read more »

Congressman Scalise credits power of prayer for his shooting recovery

WASHINGTON | Three and a half months after he was shot during an early morning baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, received thunderous applause and standing ovations from the House floor Sept. 28 where he attributed his recovery to the power of prayer. “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really… Read more »

Bishop calls on U.S. to provide aid, act to resolve Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON | A prominent bishop has called on the U.S. government to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar while under attack. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, urged the administration Sept. 22 to aid… Read more »

Group issues what it calls ‘filial correction’ of pope’s teaching

VATICAN CITY | Several dozen priests, scholars and writers have published what they described as a “filial correction” of some of Pope Francis’ teachings about marriage — particularly about access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The best-known name among the signatories is Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Priestly… Read more »

Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

CUERNAVACA, Mexico  |  Donations from Caritas chapters across Mexico started streaming into affected areas after an earthquake rocked central Mexico Sept. 19, claiming more than 300 lives, leveling homes and churches and leaving thousands homeless. Some of those donations being trucked into Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, were stopped, however, and diverted to… Read more »

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

WASHINGTON | Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20. When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings,… Read more »