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Hurricane Matthew slams Haiti as aid workers mobilize

WASHINGTON—Wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti’s southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding Oct. 4 as aid workers waited for the storm to subside before mobilizing. The city of Les Cayes and coastal towns and villages in South Department were experiencing the most destruction as the storm made […]


Death penalty re-examined in the states, at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—The United States, with its mixed record on the death penalty, is about to take a closer look at the issue this fall with two cases before the Supreme Court and three referendums on state ballots in the November election. In the two death penalty cases before the court, both from Texas, one examines information […]


Pope visits towns in central Italy devastated by earthquake

VATICAN CITY—Amid the devastation wrought by an earthquake in central Italy, Pope Francis quietly prayed and offered words of consolation to survivors and those assisting in relief efforts. Later, when crowds pressed around him, the pope used a megaphone to tell the people of Amatrice that he had wanted to visit sooner, but felt showing […]


In the U.S., pray and vote your conscience, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM AZERBAIJAN—Catholics facing difficult political choices must study the issues, pray about the election and then vote according to their consciences, Pope Francis said. Flying back to Rome from Azerbaijan Oct. 2, the pope was asked by a reporter what U.S. Catholics should do in a presidential election where both candidates […]


Molding discarded girls, metal tabs into something beautiful

VATICAN CITY—Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe’s large gold metallic purse with wine-colored trim glinted in sharp contrast to her gray blazer and tan sweater. “I feel like a model,” she said, smiling, as she turned to show off the bag — the handiwork of former child soldiers who had been abducted, raped or tortured by the Lord’s […]


Christian leaders ask politicians to address immigration

WASHINGTON—Catholics have joined a group of Christian faith leaders asking politicians to address immigration reform within 100 days of the 2017 legislative session of Congress. They’re also calling out what they say is anti-immigrant rhetoric and are calling on Christians in the country to welcome and appreciate immigrants. Bread for the World, a Christian group […]


Hispanic ministry seeks to heal division through unity

VATICAN CITY—Carrying a tall wooden cross over the threshold of the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica, a U.S. delegation brought the concerns of the country’s Hispanic Catholics to the heart of the Church. In a political climate marked by angry rhetoric, fear and division, U.S. bishops and others who minister to the Hispanic and […]


Shimon Peres, known for peacemaking efforts, dies at 93

JERUSALEM—One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014, the last month of his presidency. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis. The evening of peace prayers and […]


Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

VATICAN CITY—In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles. Among the regulations published by the Vatican on Sept. 23 was the requirement that the medical panel have a quorum […]


Urban missionaries offer advice on how to reach homeless

DENVER, Colo.— It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.” Most motorists, stopped at the light and eager to move on, just ignore the person. But what should you do before the light changes? The Denver-based urban ministry Christ in the […]


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