Category: National and International

Mideast Christian leaders shut Church of Holy Sepulcher to protest taxes

JERUSALEM | Protesting several recent actions they described as a “systematic campaign … against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land,” the heads of Christian churches announced Feb. 25 they were closing of the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for an undisclosed period of time. Bewildered pilgrims milled around… Read more »

Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors. On Feb. 26, the court declined to hear and rule on whether the administration has the right to shut down the… Read more »

#TBT — Annual campaign shines light on farmworker issues

The Florida Catholic has written stories about our Long Sleeve Relief campaign for the past 13 years. Here is one from last year’s campaign. ORLANDO | As Catholics embark on the season of fasting and abstinence, it might be the best time to think about the question: “Who provided the food on my table?” Farmworkers… Read more »

Prayer for peace in Congo, South Sudan a call to action, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said. In an article for L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect… Read more »

As DACA deadline nears, Catholic voices speak up to fix immigration woes

WASHINGTON | Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that would help some 800,000 young adults living the U.S. who were brought into the country without legal permission as… Read more »

U.S. bishops who’ve seen gun violence up close call for end to ‘madness’

WASHINGTON | Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput knows all too well the pain left behind after incidents like the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting that has so far taken 17 lives at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. As archbishop in Denver, he took part in the funerals of Catholic high school students killed… Read more »

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

WASHINGTON | After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the “Dreamers,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a “National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers” Feb. 26. “We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together… Read more »

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

WASHINGTON | People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others. And, it turns out, many do both. This reporter conducted an unofficial poll Feb. 12 on Twitter where 57… Read more »

Ex-Chilean seminarian: meeting with Vatican abuse investigator ‘intense’

NEW YORK | A former Chilean seminarian who accused a current bishop of abuse cover-up met with a Vatican investigator and said he finally felt he had been heard. Juan Carlos Cruz met for nearly four hours Feb. 17 with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert on clergy sex abuse. Cruz, who currently… Read more »

Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade. The chairmen of two… Read more »