Archive of June 14, 2018

Commentary: Immigration and 'canonical penalties'

Jun 14, 2018 - 05:02 pm .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Fort Lauderdale for its annual spring session. The bishops have had serious discussion about a number of issues, among them immigration. On Wednesday, their discussion took an unexpected turn.

In Florida, bishops' 'Faithful Citizenship' debate heats up

Jun 14, 2018 - 04:49 pm .- What some expected would be a brisk vote to provide supplementary videos and a statement on political life turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.

Abortion bill passes in Argentina's House of Representatives

Jun 14, 2018 - 03:26 pm .- By a vote of 129 to 125 with one abstention, Argentina's House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would legalize abortion in the first trimester.    

Police in Chile raid church offices during sex abuse investigation

Jun 14, 2018 - 02:53 pm .- Authorities raided Catholic church offices in Chile on Wednesday in an effort to obtain documents relating to the recent sex abuse scandal which has sparked the resignation of more than 30 bishops in the country.

Archbishop Gomez 'deeply disappointed' that USA Act will not be debated

Jun 14, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles decried the decision by House leaders to not allow debate on a bipartisan bill that would have opened a legal pathway to permanent residency for “Dreamers.”

Lourdes shrine evacuated due to flash flooding

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:24 pm .- As heavy rains cause flash flooding across parts of France, the Marian shrine at Lourdes has been evacuated until further notice.

Stolen copy of 1493 Columbus letter returns to the Vatican

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:27 am .- After spending more than a decade in a private collection in Atlanta, a copy of a 1493 letter written by Christopher Columbus about his experience in America has been returned to its rightful place in the Vatican library.

Pope urges 'examination of conscience' on treatment of the poor

Jun 14, 2018 - 05:52 am .- In his message for this year's World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis challenged Catholics on their attitude toward the impoverished, asking whether they really listen to and love the needy, or engage in charity only to please themselves.  

Tent city for immigrant minors 'a recipe for disaster'

Jun 14, 2018 - 02:52 am .- As the Trump administration considers building a tent city for immigrant children separated from their parents, one Catholic group warned that the plan would cause additional trauma to those who are already vulnerable.

El Salvador bishops call for laws defending 'human right' to water

Jun 14, 2018 - 12:39 am .- In a statement issued Monday, the Catholic bishops of El Salvador urged preventative legislation against the privatization of water sources.