• Franciscan official says peaceful areas of Syria offer window of hope
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — For a Franciscan friar on a mission from Rome, a visit to peaceful areas in Syria provided a glimpse into a window of hope for the war-torn country. “I have met people full of hope, full of activity. I can feel it, they want to live, they ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Doreen Abi Raad
  • Pope Francis appoints Michigan pastor as bishop of Diocese of Salina
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Gerald L. Vincke, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Grand Blanc, Michigan, as bishop of the Diocese of Salina, Kansas. Vincke, 53, is a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. In 2016, the pope named him a “missionary of mercy.” He ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Karen Bonar
  • Fifty years after MLK sent poor to Washington, Catholics join his fight
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — For almost 40 days, and some nights, a group of religiously affiliated people have prayed, marched, rallied, faced arrest or been arrested — all of it to call attention to what they believe is one of the fiercest battles waged by the powerful against the poor. And ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Rhina Guidos
  • To save Christianity on the Nineveh Plains, it’ll take security and jobs
    ROME – Though Catholicism is always full of drama, which is what makes it so utterly fascinating, some things are more dramatic than others. While 2018 is only halfway over, my early nominee for the most compelling Catholic storyline of the year comes from Iraq and the Nineveh Plains Reconstruction ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Army chaplain serves as reminder of sufferings in Korean saga
    As the world witnessed a historic peace summit between the United States and North Korea this past week, it’s easy to allow politics to dominate and for the human dimension to be overlooked. In such a scenario, the life and witness of one person can shine out as a reminder ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Father Jeffrey F. Kirby
  • Serving Others in God’s Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018
    People of faith are committed to serving others in God’s love in healthcarechild welfaremigration and refugee resettlementeducation, and more.  Catholics have built schools, hospitals, and networks of care for the vulnerable, not simply for the sake of building institutions, but to answer the call of Jesus Christ to serve others. As the Church ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy USCCB Office of Religious Liberty
  • Pope denounces abortion as modern-day ‘white glove’ eugenics
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association. The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Feds claim identity theft in bid for victim settlement money
    COVINGTON, Kentucky — Federal prosecutors say a Kentucky man used another person’s identity to try to collect $1 million from a settlement fund for victims of sexual abuse involving the Catholic Church. The Kentucky Enquirer, citing a federal indictment unsealed recently, reports the 32-year-old Covington man had already been awarded ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Philippine authorities arrest suspect in priest’s murder
    MANILA, Philippines — Philippine authorities announced June 15 that they had arrested their “prime suspect” in the killing of Father Richmond Villaflor Nilo, reported ucanews.com. The suspect, identified as Adell Roll Milan, was arrested in San Isidro June 14, the same day Nilo was buried. A witness reportedly identified Milan, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Immigration is main topic at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Four political leaders from both parties spoke at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and they each went in their own directions with their speeches. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Vice President Mike Pence all spoke ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Steve Larkin
  • UK Church puts spotlight on human trafficking to mark Day for Life
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – For this year’s Day for Life, the Catholic Church in England and Wales is raising awareness about human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery. The Day for Life – this year marked June 17 – is dedicated to “raising awareness about the meaning and value ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • Transformation of Iraqi village a warning about anti-Christian tides
    SHAQLAWA, Iraq — Heroic efforts are underway to guarantee the continued presence of Christianity in Iraq, particularly on the northern Nineveh Plains, a land dotted with monasteries built in the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries. Not far from the Plains, located on both sides of the border dividing Iraq from ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • ‘Mogul for the Martyrs’ wields business moxie to save Iraqi Christians
    ANKAWA, Iraq – Few Western bishops these days are building either new universities or hospitals, mostly because they don’t have either the money or people to justify it. In the case of hospitals, any movement is usually in the opposite direction by selling them off. If a Western bishop were ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Spanish cardinal acting to save African migrants, citing Pope Francis
    ROME— A rescue ship in the Mediterranean carrying 629 African migrants is on its way to Spain, where the Catholic Church in Valencia is coordinating rescue efforts. The quick response from Cardinal Antonio Cañizares and the faithful, after Italy and Malta on Tuesday refused to allow the ship to dock, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Challenges to religious freedom continue, archbishop tells USCCB
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Challenges to religious freedom continue to emerge and the U.S. Catholic Church will remain steadfast in addressing them to serve the common good, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, told the spring assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his report as chairman ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Dennis Sadowski