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South Sudan bishops condemn atrocities, appeal for help to prevent starvation of millions

MANCHESTER, England—South Sudan’s Catholic bishops asked for the world’s help to prevent mass starvation that threatens the lives of more than 5 million people. In a separate statement, they also said the looming famine was a man-made catastrophe. They denounced government and rebel troops for attacking the civilian population and at times operating “scorched-earth” policies […]


Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

VATICAN CITY—The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away. Three of the planets are located in the so-called “habitable” zone, a kind of “Goldilocks” sweet spot in that their distance from […]


Vatican invites experts to promote safe, accessible water for everyone

VATICAN CITY—A special gathering of policy experts, government officials, religious leaders, scholars, and development and social justice advocates explored ways to guarantee water that is safe and more accessible to the world’s people. More than 90 experts were invited from five continents to provide an interdisciplinary look at the role of public policies in water […]


USCCB: New memos on immigration policies will harm public safety

WASHINGTON—Donald Trump campaigned by saying he would aggressively go after the country’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants, promising deportation forces and a border wall with Mexico paid for by the United States’ neighbor to the south. Time will tell whether he’ll be able to deliver what he promised his supporters, but in two memos his administration […]


#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

WASHINGTON—Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts of piety but the very act of getting ashes — and walking around with them — is pretty public. This becomes even less of a private moment when people post pictures of themselves online with their […]


Norma McCorvey, plaintiff in Roe v. Wade ruling who later became pro-life, dies

KATY, Texas—Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy. She was 69. The New York Times said a New York journalist named Joshua Prager, who interviewed her many times for a book he is […]


Ash Wednesday’s ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

WASHINGTON—In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy […]


Pope: Reject populist rhetoric and welcome migrants

VATICAN CITY—Indifference, fueled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the pope told participants […]


USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

WASHINGTON—Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.” […]


Refugee family now in Chicago shares experiences of fleeing religious persecution

CHICAGO—The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country. Amir, 45, and his wife, Saira, 30, a high school […]


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