June 2019

U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairman say horrific death of father and daughter at border and appalling conditions for children are cries that reach heaven itself

WASHINGTON—The cry of a father and his baby daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande reaches heaven itself. This unspeakable consequence of a failed immigration system, together with growing reports of inhumane conditions for children in the custody of the federal government at the border, shock the conscience and demand immediate action. Cardinal Daniel N. […]

U.S. State Department honors nun as anti-trafficking ‘hero’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Honored as one of the U.S. State Department’s “heroes” in combating human trafficking, Comboni Sister Gabriella Bottani urged action to fight the situations that make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking. Sister Bottani, international coordinator of the Talitha Kum anti-trafficking network of Catholic women’s and men’s religious orders, was honored […]

Peter’s Pence Collection 2019 supports the Holy Father’s charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized

WASHINGTON— The annual Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of June 29-30. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis’ charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world. The proceeds benefit people on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. “Pope Francis […]

House passes spending bill that would overturn pro-life policies

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The House of Representatives passed a bill June 19 that will overturn at least nine pro-life policies, including reinstating taxpayer-funded abortion domestically and abroad, according to Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. The bill passed 226 to 203, with every Republican voting against it. The bill is H.R. 2740, the Departments […]

Procession of the Silver Rose coming up

June 19 – There will be a procession of the Silver Rose on Wednesday, June 19. It will begin with a Rosary at 6 p.m. in the Mother’s Garden located south of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph. The Rose will then be processed to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Share the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Ignoring the poor falsifies the Gospel, pope says in message

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must not underestimate the importance of embracing and assisting the poor, oppressed and outcast, Pope Francis said. Not only did Jesus entrust his disciples with the task of continuing his ministry on earth by giving hope to the poor, but “the credibility of our proclamation and the witness of Christians depends […]

U.S. Bishops’ vote in favor of moving forward on third-party system for reporting abuse allegations against bishops

BALTIMORE—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have taken three separate votes that will lead to the establishment of a third-party reporting system designed to receive confidentially, by phone or online, reports of possible violations by bishops per Pope Francis’s Vos estis lux mundi. The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of each of the elements necessary to […]

Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee applauds AMA’s action reaffirming opposition to physician-assisted suicide

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted by a 2 to 1 margin to affirm its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide. Following the vote, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement: “We strongly applaud today’s […]