Category: National and International

Catholic school founder among mudslides’ fatalities in California

MONTECITO, Calif. | The founder of a Catholic school in Ventura is among the fatalities caused by mudslides in Southern California, which have left at least 17 people dead and many others missing or injured in Montecito. About 100 homes were destroyed and hundreds of others were severely damaged in the coastal enclave of about… Read more »

Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump’s decision to end DACA

SAN FRANCISCO | A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March. In a 49-page ruling, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said his nationwide injunction appropriate because “our… Read more »

Pope prays for world’s suffering children on Christmas

VATICAN CITY | Those who recognize the Lord in the baby Jesus in the manger also should recognize his presence in children suffering today because of war, poverty and immigration, Pope Francis said. “Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how hard it is not to have a place to lay one’s… Read more »

In Puerto Rico, much work to do and much suffering remains, says cardinal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico | What Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich learned in visiting and talking to the people of Puerto Rico Dec. 3-6 is that “there’s a lot of work to do, a lot of people suffering” nearly three months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. In a pastoral visit made on behalf of… Read more »

‘Enough with the deaths’: Mexican clergy reiterate Chiapas is in crisis

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Clergy in southern Chiapas reiterated warnings of an escalating humanitarian crisis as a land dispute has driven some 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil from their communities and into the mountains to survive in cold and squalid conditions. At least nine people among the displaced population have died. Father Marcelo Perez, a priest attending… Read more »

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

VATICAN CITY | Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East. Pope Francis said he could not “keep silent about my deep concern” for Jerusalem and urged respect for “the status quo… Read more »

Bishop lays out detailed policies for ‘morally acceptable’ tax reform

WASHINGTON | In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is “morally acceptable.” Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, also addressed positive aspects of… Read more »

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 »