Category: National and International

In the reunification scramble, church groups raced to help families

WASHINGTON | In public and behind the scenes of a court order that immigrant families separated by the U.S. government be reunited by the end of July 26, the Catholic Church, from its leadership to its charitable and advocacy organizations, worked around the clock to speed up the effort, while also calling for a stop… Read more »

Cardinal Wuerl: Next steps in wake of Archbishop McCarrick allegations

WASHINGTON | The Catholic Standard, archdiocesan newspaper of Washington, published a question-and-answer interview July 31 with Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl about the next steps for the archdiocese in light of the sexual abuse allegations made against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington. This story includes excerpts of that… Read more »

Latin Patriarchate objects to Israel’s new nation-state law

JERUSALEM | The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem strongly criticized Israel’s recently adopted law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people for failing to provide constitutional guarantees for the rights of indigenous people and other minorities in the country. In a July 30 statement, the patriarchate said the law is a “cause… Read more »

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY | Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward… Read more »

Philippine clergy, advocates say human rights dying under Duterte

MANILIA, Philippines | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public during his third State of the Nation address July 23 that his two-year war on drugs would become even “more chilling” in the coming days. Earlier that day, a group of human rights advocates attended Mass before taking to the streets of Manila armed with… Read more »

Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors. The announcement came first from the U.S. Conference of… Read more »

Texas Catholic ‘respite’ center serves as symbol of American compassion

MCALLEN, Texas | It’s been featured in fundraisers at the Vatican and on news shows. This summer, it’s been visited by Kerry Kennedy, Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s daughter, and TV celebrity Gayle King. The U.S. bishops recently made it the first stop on a high-profile visit to the border. But the real celebrities who walk… Read more »

Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

RANCHI, India | Theodore Kiro held 13-month-old Navya on her return to his family after they were separated for a week. The crying baby happily clung to Kiro, whom she knows as her grandfather. Navya is one of the four babies whose fate became entangled in the recent child trafficking scandal broke at Rachi’s Nirmal… Read more »

O’Malley: Actions needed now to address claims against cardinal

BOSTON | Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said “a major gap still exists” when it comes to the Catholic Church’s policies on sexual abuse and conduct as it pertains, not just to priests, but in cases of accusations against cardinals and bishops. It was a clear reference to recent sex abuse allegations made against Cardinal… Read more »

CRS student ambassadors stress need for human dignity to Congress

WASHINGTON | Denise Ssettimba just began her brief presentation to an aide to Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, on the need to maintain U.S. funding for global anti-hunger efforts when two congressional dining staffers with food carts in tow asked to squeeze by in a busy hallway in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The 18-year-old Xavier… Read more »