Category: National and International

Congressman Scalise credits power of prayer for his shooting recovery

WASHINGTON | Three and a half months after he was shot during an early morning baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, received thunderous applause and standing ovations from the House floor Sept. 28 where he attributed his recovery to the power of prayer. “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really… Read more »

Bishop calls on U.S. to provide aid, act to resolve Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON | A prominent bishop has called on the U.S. government to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar while under attack. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, urged the administration Sept. 22 to aid… Read more »

Group issues what it calls ‘filial correction’ of pope’s teaching

VATICAN CITY | Several dozen priests, scholars and writers have published what they described as a “filial correction” of some of Pope Francis’ teachings about marriage — particularly about access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The best-known name among the signatories is Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the traditionalist Priestly… Read more »

Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

CUERNAVACA, Mexico  |  Donations from Caritas chapters across Mexico started streaming into affected areas after an earthquake rocked central Mexico Sept. 19, claiming more than 300 lives, leveling homes and churches and leaving thousands homeless. Some of those donations being trucked into Morelos state, just south of Mexico City, were stopped, however, and diverted to… Read more »

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

WASHINGTON | Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20. When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings,… Read more »

Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage

WASHINGTON | The latest version of a Republican measure in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act must be amended to protect poor and vulnerable Americans, said the chairmen of four U.S. bishops’ committees. “As you consider the Graham-Cassidy legislation as a possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act, we urge you to think… Read more »

Bishop, Caritas staffer say situation in Mexico serious, much aid needed

MEXICO CITY  |  A Catholic bishop and a Caritas worker in Mexico said the situation was extremely serious after the Sept. 19 earthquake, and much aid would be needed. “The situation is complicated, because the first earthquake (Sept. 7) had already affected thousands of people in Chiapas and Oaxaca,” Alberto Arciniega, head of communications for… Read more »

Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises ‘zero tolerance’

VATICAN CITY  |  Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of “zero tolerance” toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults. Having listened to abuse survivors and having made what he described as a mistake in approving a more lenient set of sanctions against an Italian priest abuser, the pope… Read more »

Workers see humanitarian crisis as Rohingya flee Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh | Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, fleeing violence in which at least 1,000 were killed in just two weeks. The roadside and areas along the… Read more »