Category: National and International

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 »

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of clergy sex abuse in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile | Pope Francis, in his first formal speech in Chile, asked forgiveness from those who were sexually abused by priests. Addressing government authorities and members of the country’s diplomatic corps Jan. 16, the pope expressed his “pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the church.” “I… Read more »

Young adults gather for fellowship, learn ways to share faith with world

CHICAGO | More than 8,000 young adults from around the country gathered at McCormick Place in Chicago in early January to gain the tools to share their faith with the world. They were attending SLS18, a biennial conference sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, known as FOCUS. Mass was the focal point of… Read more »

Bishops ‘encouraged’ by consensus that DACA solution ‘urgently needed’

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops “are encouraged by the consensus” that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is “urgently needed,” said the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. The bishops also “are pleased to see the mutual understanding that ensuring protection for these young people should be… Read more »