• Can we give reporters a break on the pope and the Lord’s Prayer?
    ROME – There’s an old joke about the news industry, which I heard decades ago from Spanish layman Joaquin Navarro-Valls, when he was still the Vatican spokesman under St. Pope John Paul II. (Navarro-Valls, who was a Catholic giant as well as a personal friend, passed away in June.) It ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Indian group honors Caritas for ‘compassion beyond borders’ on refugees
    MUMBAI, INDIA – A secular Indian foundation dedicated to bridging religious and cultural divides has honored Caritas, a Rome-based federation of Catholic charities around the world, as an example of “compassion without borders” in the face of the global refugee crisis, in the spirit of the late Mother Teresa. The ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • At the last stop before Hell, Matthew 25 is a mission statement
    LODWAR, KENYA — In the northern Kenyan region bordering South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia, there’s a 30,000 square mile Catholic diocese once defined by a British travel writer as the “last stop before Hell.” A desert region, it’s plagued by drought, extreme heat, ethnic fighting, chronic poverty and hunger, and ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Iowa priest honored posthumously for heroism as chaplain at Pearl Harbor
    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Relatives of the first chaplain to die in World War II accepted the Silver Star on his behalf 76 years to the day after he died saving 12 sailors during the Pearl Harbor attack. On Dec. 7, Del and Dan Schmitt, and Fran Hemesath — nephews and ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Dan Russo
  • Bishops urge U.K. to allow more child refugees from France
    MANCHESTER, England  — British Catholic leaders urged the U.K. government to accept more child refugees from northern France after reports that hundreds of young people are being forced to sleep outdoors in low temperatures. An English and a Scottish bishop said the situation of migrants waiting in the French port ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Simon Caldwell
  • Venezuelans try new food strategies to combat hunger, malnutrition
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela — Eleven-year-old Alejandro took two sausages from the refrigerator in his home, thinking only of his empty stomach. When his mother, a cleaning woman, returned and realized that Alejandro had eaten what was meant to be dinner for her six children, she shouted at him and beat him. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Hildegard Willer
  • Pope Francis: Let go of grudges, stop whining, find joy with Jesus
    ROME — Christians must be strong and let go of all the bitterness and negativity that prevent them from experiencing God’s consolation and joy, Pope Francis said. “So many times, we cling to what’s negative, we hold on to the wound of sin inside of us, and many times, the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Carol Glatz
  • Philippine’s Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law, bishops opposed
    MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked Congress on Monday to extend the martial law he declared in the country’s south by one year to ensure the “total eradication” of pro-Islamic State group extremists, warning they plan more uprisings after an unsuccessful but disastrous siege of Marawi city. Duterte ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Jim Gomez
  • Catholic archbishop challenges Malawi’s leaders on abortion law
    Catholic and other religious leaders in Malawi are challenging the government over a proposed abortion law which they say the people of the African country do not want. The government released the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in May, but it has yet to be passed by parliament. Archbishop Thomas Luke ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Iowa bishop visits ICE detainees, calls on congress to pass DREAM act
    NEW YORK — In a one-two punch last Thursday, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa visited recently detained immigrants in Iowa’s Polk County Jail, and then immediately afterwards, held a press conference calling on congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would grant residency to qualified immigrants who arrived ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Amid embassy furor, Vatican cautions against ‘new cycle of violence’
    ROME – Once again expressing its alarm over U.S. President Donald Trump’s relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has provoked violent clashes across the Middle East, the Vatican on Sunday called for “wisdom and prudence” and affirmed “the essential need for respecting the status ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Thousands flock to Paraguayan shrine to honor their patroness
    CAACUPE, Paraguay — It was 7 a.m. in Caacupe, and it already was starting to get hot and steamy. Esther Baez, 19, walked on the burning asphalt in violet socks almost completely covered in black. Baez, a student from the city of Fernando de la Mora, said her sister recently ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Santi Carneri
  • Catalan clergy urge freeing of leaders, return to talks
    BARCELONA, Spain — Catholic clergy from Catalonia demanded the release of the region’s detained leaders and urged the Spanish government to resume “friendly negotiations and agreements.” “We consider the imprisonment of Catalan government and national assembly members unjust and unfortunate, and we are saddened by the forced exile of the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Franciscans involved in making of ‘The Sultan and the Saint’ documentary
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A moment in time that has been captured in art has now been captured on film. The encounter in 1219 between St. Francis of Assisi and Malek al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt, during yet another flashpoint in the long history of the Crusades — the subject of ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Mark Pattison
  • DACA youth thankful for program’s opportunities, but worries remain
    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Humberto Marquez, 22, who came to the United States when he was about 6 years old from Jalisco, Mexico, grew up in Waldron, attending St. Jude Thaddeus Church. Marquez credits his work in youth ministry as his “first taste of community organizing.” After graduating from the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Aprille Hanson