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With Venezuela in a free fall, its bishops call out the government

WASHINGTON | Bishop Jose Trinidad Fernandez has seen up close the downward spiral of his native Venezuela. The capital city of Caracas, where he has worked for the last two decades, has in recent years seen tear gas attacks, physical assaults on citizens by government forces, and hungry and malnourished crowds asking for help in… Read more »

Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect ‘vulnerable’ groups

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump and Congress “must come together” to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and “recognizes the economic struggle” now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S…. Read more »

Vatican: Pope wants bishops to take responsibility for abuse scandal

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis called the bishops of Chile to the Vatican to “examine the causes and consequences” of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and acknowledge personal responsibility and “the mechanisms that in some cases led to a cover up and serious omissions regarding the victims,” the Vatican said. In a statement May 12,… Read more »

Nicaraguan bishops accept mediation role

MEXICO CITY | The bishops’ conference of Nicaragua has accepted an invitation to mediate talks aimed at calming the Central American country, which has been roiled by protests over proposed changes to the national social security system and discontent with an increasingly authoritarian government. “The (bishops) after praying, listening and seeking guidance from the Holy… Read more »

U.S. Catholic leaders concerned by low number of resettled refugees

WASHINGTON | Catholic leaders wrote to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security March 26 expressing concern for the low number of refugees to be resettled this year in the United States. President Donald Trump has cut the number of refugees to be admitted into the U.S., from 110,000 in fiscal… Read more »