Category: World

‘It has been completely disastrous’: second hurricane hits Nicaragua

MEXICO CITY | A Nicaraguan priest said Hurricane Iota hit the northeastern corner of the country with “more force” than Hurricane Eta two weeks earlier and left communities devastated and families homeless. “The shelters are full of evacuated people and families … who today cannot return to their homes. They’re going to go to the… Read more »

McCarrick report summary cites lack of serious investigations of rumors

VATICAN CITY | Although dogged for years by rumors of sexual impropriety, Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and a lack of church officials reporting and investigating accusations, according to the Vatican summary of its report on the matter. In choosing… Read more »

French bishops, Muslim leaders condemn beheading

PARIS  |  France’s Catholic bishops have joined Muslim leaders in condemning the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb. “We will defend schools and those who form them, so ignorance can be fought everywhere,” said Archbishop Laurent Ulrich, president of the bishops’ Council for Catholic Education. “We will not back down in trusting in… Read more »

All Saints’ Day: History and traditions through the centuries

A saint is someone who is in heaven — it is as simple as that. While “saint” as a title is reserved to those whose lives the church has thoroughly investigated (typically through whose intercession two miracles can be demonstrated to have occurred), the term applies to anyone in heaven. Everyone from your saintly grandmother… Read more »

All Souls’ Day: Reflections, traditions and prayers

If you were to walk past my parish on your dark and damp walk on the evening of Nov. 2 in years past, you would have heard the strains of Mozart’s Requiem drifting outward from the bronze doors of St. James Cathedral, Seattle. For over a decade, St. James has given a Mass complete with… Read more »

Priest has spent lifetime praying to Father McGivney

WATERBURY, Conn. | Father James Sullivan’s affection for Father Michael J. McGivney goes back to his college days. In many ways though, he has spent a lifetime admiring Father McGivney, a feeling that intensified when he was appointed rector of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. “There is an added closeness in recent… Read more »

Pope to U.N.: Respect for each human life is essential for peace, equality

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis asked members of the United Nations how they think they can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a more peaceful, more just world when many of their countries spend billions on military weapons and when their treatment of the unborn, of refugees and of women shows so little respect… Read more »

Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

VATICAN CITY | When he addresses, via video message, the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the earth. Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in… Read more »

Virtual pilgrimage, concrete donation: Holy Land Catholics ask for help

VATICAN CITY | Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land, asked Catholics around the world to make a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and make a real donation to support the church in the region. “Here in Jerusalem, we haven’t seen a pilgrim in six months,” he told the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore… Read more »

Pope: Jubilee for the Earth a time for restoring bond with God, creation

VATICAN CITY | The exploitation and plundering of the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor and vulnerable cry out for justice and the forgiveness of debts, Pope Francis said. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the Season of Creation, which runs through… Read more »