Category: National and International

USCCB leader invites bishops to take up collection for storm recovery

WASHINGTON | Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked bishops across the country to consider a special collection to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast. He suggested in an Aug. 28 letter to bishops that the collection be taken during Masses the… Read more »

Bishop Vasquez, agency leaders urge president to continue DACA

WASHINGTON | Catholic agency leaders and the bishop who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration strongly urged President Donald Trump to continue the federal program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. “A decision to end this program would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youths who are seeking to reach their full… Read more »

Bishops’ annual Labor Day statement scores ‘excessive inequality’

WASHINGTON | “Excessive inequality threatens this cooperation” across all people in society “and the social pact it supports,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement. “‘The entire social pact is built around work,’ Pope Francis told a gathering of factory workers in Genoa. ‘This is the core… Read more »

Bishop at forefront of initiative says racism demands church’s attention

WASHINGTON  | By creating a committee to deal with racism, the country’s Catholic bishops are standing up for the American value of equality and for a Gospel that refutes the hatred and violence the country witnessed Aug. 11 and 12 during white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, said the bishop who will lead the effort…. Read more »

Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

WASHINGTON | Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas, area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that… Read more »

Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

WASHINGTON  |  In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12. A 32-year-old paralegal, Heather D. Heyer, was killed… Read more »

Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

WASHINGTON | Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Writing Aug. 10, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico,… Read more »

Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries. The pope led pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of a deadly shooting Aug. 6 at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Ozubulu, located in Nigeria’s southern state of Anambra. He also prayed… Read more »

Catholic groups ask Congress to reject ‘discriminatory’ RAISE Act

WASHINGTON | Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels in half over a decade and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and… Read more »

After repeal fails, ‘task remains’ to reform health care, says bishop

WASHINGTON  |  After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a “skinny” repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, the U.S. Catholic Church’s lead spokesman on the issue said the “task of reforming the health care system still remains.” The nation’s system under… Read more »