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‘Ugly cancer of racism’ infects U.S., bishops say in proposed pastoral letter

WASHINGTON—”Despite many promising strides made in our country, the ugly cancer of racism still infects our nation,” the U.S. bishops say in a proposed pastoral letter on racism. The proposed statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” is expected to be considered for approval during the […]


Pope at Angelus: ‘Service is antidote to glory-seeking’

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims gathered on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, and reflected on the day’s Gospel (Mk 10:35-45). He spoke about how Jesus tries to correct his disciples by “converting them from the mentality of the world to that of God.” The pope spoke about the brothers James and John, […]


Response to sexual abuse crisis tops agenda for USCCB fall meeting

WASHINGTON—The firestorm surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis and the way some bishops handled allegations of abuse against priests will be an important part of the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly. The bishops have had to deal with seemingly endless revelations of allegations of abusive clergy since June, most […]


‘Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone’ suffering, says church official

MIAMI—The physical impact of Hurricane Michael and the anticipated recovery period for parts of the Florida Panhandle appear to be on a scale of last year’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the church’s top emergency management specialist in Florida. “The devastation is so large that we looking at couple […]


Young migrants bring vitality to the Church, need support, synod members say

VATICAN CITY—Helping young migrants hold fast to their cultural and religious identity, especially in situations where they are a minority, was a recurring topic at the Synod of Bishops. Blessed Sacrament Father Robert Stark, director of the Office for Social Ministry for the Diocese of Honolulu and regional coordinator for the Vatican’s Migrant and Refugees […]


Jesus equates indifference, hatred with murder, pope explains

VATICAN CITY—Hurling insults and being indifferent to other people’s lives is the first step along the winding path that leads to killing them, at least figuratively, Pope Francis said. By warning that “whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,” Jesus equates hatred with murder, the pope said Oct. 17 during his […]


USCCB leaders ask for prayers, donations for hurricane victims

WASHINGTON—Two U.S. Catholic leaders have called on Catholics to pray for victims of Hurricanes Michael and Florence, along with responders to these storms, and to donate to recovery efforts in the impacted areas. “Let us respond with prayer and personal generosity,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is president of the U.S. Conference […]


Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, pope says

ROME—At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said. “Neither can we console ourselves simply for having faced emergencies and desperate situations of those most in need. We are all called to go further. […]


Priest-doctor aims to heal both body and soul

MIAMI—One vocation has him tending to the physically sick; his other vocation has him tending to the spiritually ill. But when it comes to working with the homeless and poor in Miami and elsewhere, it usually involves both body and soul for Father Scott Francis Binet, MD. A consecrated religious in perpetual vows with the […]


Saints risk all for love of Jesus, pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN CITY—Carrying Pope Paul VI’s pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. Thousands of pilgrims from the new saints’ home countries — Italy, El Salvador, Spain and Germany — were joined by tens of […]


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