Category: National and International

Bishops consider plans to revitalize appeal of a Catholic education

WASHINGTON | Catholic bishops are looking to “transform” Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005. The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at issues facing Catholic schools and a renewed… Read more »

Sharing ‘fake news’ makes one an accomplice in evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY | People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said. Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt,… Read more »

In-flight nuptials: Pope didn’t glide over church requirements

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis’ decision to convalidate the marriage of two flight attendants in the air sent waves of turbulence through the Catholic blogosphere, where respected canon lawyers and pastors raised serious questions about the pope sending a message that marriage wasn’t so serious. But three days later, the pope gave reporters more of… Read more »

Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PERU | Pope Francis apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor. Speaking with journalists on his flight to Rome from Lima, Peru, Jan. 21, the pope said he only… Read more »

Churches in Syrian enclave say Turkish bombing is killing civilians

AMMAN, Jordan | Churches in Afrin, Syria, are calling on the world to stop the slaughter of civilians during the Turkish military assault. “We ask you to pray for us and for our city which, before a couple of days ago, was full of life, but today is not,” said the Rev. Saeed Daoud, a… Read more »

March for Life: ‘Every child ‘precious gift from God’

WASHINGTON | In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” He invoked the theme of this year’s march, “Love Saves Lives,” and praised… Read more »

‘Machisimo’ culture blinds women’s leading role in society, pope says

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru | Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said. Speaking to the people of Puerto Maldonado, located in the region known as Madre de Dios (“Mother of God”), Pope Francis said it was sad to see how “in this… Read more »

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 »