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Bishops address abuse scandal with U.S. pilgrims at WYD

PANAMA CITY—As Pope Francis was arriving in Panama Jan. 23, bishops from the United States wasted no time addressing the sex abuse scandal back home during a popular event aimed at American and other English-speaking World Youth Day pilgrims. “It’s not easy being Christian, it’s not easy being Catholic … especially today when things in […]

Pope Francis departs for World Youth Day in Panama

Pope Francis departed Wednesday Jan. 23 for Panama, where he will participate in the events of the 34th World Youth Day. This marks the pope’s first journey in 2019. Upon his arrival at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport, he will go directly to the Apostolic Nunciature, where he will stay for the duration of the visit. His […]

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Different nations, but one faith unites Panama’s World Youth Day pilgrims

PANAMA CITY—Jorge Soto wore a wrestling mask typical of Lucha Libre fighters in Mexico and every few steps he took, others would sidle up to have a picture taken with him. The mask was fun to wear, and it was something associated with his native country, which he was proud to represent at 2019 World […]

Rev. King called ‘artisan of peace’ and ‘true witness to power of Gospel’

WASHINGTON—Societies today need “artisans of peace,” like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Rev. King “was a messenger and true witness to the […]

After initial outrage, claims of racism, clearer details of exchange emerge

WASHINGTON—An exchange between Catholic high school students and a Native American tribal leader in Washington Jan. 18 was vilified on social media the following day, but the immediate accusations the students showed racist behavior have been stepped back as more details of the entire situation have emerged. Many say the incident still needs to be […]

Bishop prays we can be effective witnesses for life, love, mercy

WASHINGTON—Catholics “must do all we can to be God’s witnesses of merciful love in the world” and stand up for “the life and dignity of the human person wherever it is threatened or diminished,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “Protecting the life of the unborn children is the pre-eminent […]

Vatican releases guidelines to help church fight human trafficking

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican has created a set of pastoral guidelines to inspire and improve the church’s work in addressing the crime of human trafficking and the care of its victims worldwide. The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released its “Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking” Jan. 17 at a […]

Pope advances sainthood causes for 17 women

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis approved Tuesday the next step in the canonization causes of 17 women from four countries, including the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters killed in Spain at the start of the Spanish Civil War. After meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Jan. 15, the […]

Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

ROME—After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome’s mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city’s historic water features. Caritas was informed in late December that it would no longer receive the coins that […]

Shutdown won’t deter crowds from marching for life in nation’s capital

WASHINGTON—Neither snow nor sleet — nor partial government shutdown — will keep pro-lifers away from the nation’s capital for the March for Life Jan. 18. If it continues, the shutdown will be almost a month old by then. Daily news reports show the closures of monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian museums in Washington, along with […]

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