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Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

VATICAN CITY—To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family. The new institution is […]

Don’t look away; be moved by tragedy and help, pope says

VATICAN CITY—People need to have true compassion so they feel others’ pain and are moved to help, Pope Francis said. “Compassion is an emotion that engages, it is a feeling from the heart, from the gut,” affecting one’s entire being, the pope said Sept. 19 during morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Compassion “is […]

Where to give to assist with recovery from hurricanes Irma, Harvey

WASHINGTON—Several Catholic organizations have established emergency relief operations for the thousands of people affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern United States and for those still recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Contributions can be made to: * Catholic Charities USA: online at; telephone at 800-919-9338; mail to P.O. Box […]

U.S. bishops call on Catholic faithful to urge Congress to pass DREAM Act

WASHINGTON—The Executive Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend DACA renewal deadlines in hurricane impacted states. The statement also urges Congress to find a durable and permanent solution on behalf of DACA youth and urges the administration to allow 75,000 refugee admissions […]

Church leaders pray for victims of quake and hurricane in Mexico

CARTAGENA, Colombia—Church leaders prayed for Mexicans and Guatemalans affected by the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck the Pacific Coast. At the end of Mass in Villavicencio, Colombia, Sept. 8, Pope Francis prayed “for all the people who are suffering because of the earthquake last night in Mexico.” In an early morning tweet, the Mexican bishops’ […]

Irma weakens at it heads north, but leaves path of destruction

MIAMI—A weakened Hurricane Irma churned in Florida after ripping through southern portions of the state and the Caribbean islands, flooding cities, knocking out power to millions, destroying homes and businesses and killing more than 20 people. The massive hurricane, which dwindled to a tropical storm as it neared the Florida-Georgia line early Sept. 11, was […]

Irma cuts deadly path in Caribbean as church officials prepare response

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the Caribbean, leveling entire islands as it moved toward Florida Sept. 7, while Haiti prepared for a potential disaster. Whipping winds of up to 185 mph, dropping a foot or more of rain and causing potentially life-threatening storm surges, Irma posed a particularly grave risk to disaster-prone […]

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Pope Francis tells Colombians to defend peace, rallies youth to help elders forgive

BOGOTA, Colombia—Consolidating peace in Colombia will mean overcoming “the darkness” of inequality and a lack of respect for human life, Pope Francis said. “Here, as in other places, there is a thick darkness which threatens and destroys life,” the pope said in his homily at a late-afternoon Mass Sept. 7 in Bogota’s Simon Bolivar Park. […]

Pope arrives to help promote healing in Colombia, scarred by war

BOGOTA, Colombia—Pope Francis arrived in Colombia Sept. 6 for a five-day visit to promote reconciliation in a deeply Catholic country scarred and reticent to offer forgiveness after decades of war. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez Munera, welcomed the pope at the airport. Children in traditional costumes presented him with […]

Bishop urges support for DACA

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone released the following statement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston Regarding the Decision to Rescind DACA The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, which encompasses the entire state of South Carolina, supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which provides youth […]

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