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Care for Creation: Catholic values in action

ORLANDO | With its long coastline and internal landscapes of grasslands, lakes, hammocks and riverbeds, Florida’s environmental conservation efforts are both essential and urgent. It’s no wonder that Catholic students across the state display amazing achievements in extracurricular activities to practice their faith as they care for creation. This January marks the introduction of a… Read more »

Chinese bishop says Catholics must put ‘love for homeland’ first

Beijing, China | A Chinese bishop has said that Catholics in the country must put their loyalty to the state before the faith. Bishop John Fang Xingyao made the statement during a Communist Party sponsored meeting in Beijing last week held to discuss concerning religion in China.  “Love for the homeland must be greater than… Read more »

The USCCB debate surrounding the Faithful Citizenship document

Baltimore  |  A public tweet offered by a single bishop that was based on an incorrect issue of debate has created consequences of backlash that some Catholics may needlessly lose trust in their bishops, and lose confidence in the claims of the Catholic Church. Following a discussion of whether a paragraph taken from an apostolic… Read more »

Campaign stresses why civility is important as 2020 election approaches

WASHINGTON | Rancor in politics, especially these days, may be the norm, but a nationwide effort is underway to remind people that civility in political discussions is a virtue. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is introducing the Civilize It campaign Nov. 3 at parishes around the country. It stresses that respectful dialogue — rather… Read more »

Pope: Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope

VATICAN CITY |Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also blessed thousands of rosaries that… Read more »

El Paso bishop meets with victims of Texas shooting

WASHINGTON | The bishop of El Paso, Texas, met with the families of those who were killed and wounded during the Aug. 3 shooting at a Walmart in the city where he serves, and in a statement following the meeting said his heart “was breaking,” after seeing up-close the human aftermath of the crime. “As… Read more »

Texas, New Mexico dioceses unite in prayer after El Paso shooting

WASHINGTON |The Catholic dioceses of El Paso, Texas, and neighboring Las Cruces, New Mexico, have joined in prayer after an August 3 mass shooting in a mall left several dead and many injured. “Our prayers are with our neighboring city of El Paso and everyone affected by the active shooter situation near Cielo Vista and… Read more »

Bishop vows to boost prevention after reports of abuse

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WARSAW, Poland | A German bishop has vowed to intensify “preventive measures” after two church-sponsored reports confirmed systemic violence and abuse at his diocese’s cathedral schools between 1945 and 1995, including 30 years when their famous choir was run by Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, brother of retired Pope Benedict XVI. “The goal (of the reports), using… Read more »

Head of CRS: Global migrant deaths demand action

Baltimore, Md.,| A string of high-profile migrant deaths in the last week should draw our attention to the thousands more that go unreported, and encourage us to welcome migrants, while also working to address the challenges that lead them to leave their homes, said the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) this week. “Thousands of… Read more »

Pope meets Putin; two leaders talk about Ukraine, Syria, Venezuela

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major role in both conflicts. At the end of the 55-minute private meeting, Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press… Read more »