Racism

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EWTN Radio host Gloria Purvis.

How Catholics can work to 'expel this demon' of racism

Jul 1, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Gloria Purvis, host of EWTN’s radio show “Morning Glory,” who has served on the National Black Catholic Congress, said on... Read more

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald greets friends after receiving the red hat at the Vatican October 5, 2019.

‘This is the Christian message’: Cardinal urges Catholics to join struggle for racial justice

Jun 30, 2020

By Luke Coppen

A cardinal has encouraged Catholics to take part in the worldwide struggle for racial justice following the death of George... Read more

Gloria Purvis. Courtesy photo.

After backlash, EWTN radio host Gloria Purvis says she will persevere

Jun 26, 2020

By JD Flynn

Gloria Purvis, host of a Catholic morning radio show produced by EWTN, said she will keep speaking out for racial... Read more

Protests against the killing of George Floyd in Ann Arbor Michigan, June 2020.

‘No justice, no peace’ reflects Catholic principles for police reform, bishops say

Jun 25, 2020

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux sent... Read more

The statue of the Roman Catholic Spanish priest Junipero Serra is pictured in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020, after it was daubed with graffiti reading "Racist."

‘I cannot remain silent’: Madison Catholic bishop condemns destruction of religious statues

Jun 24, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

As rioters across the United States target statues depicting figures of various stripes, the bishop of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday... Read more

Florida State University.

After Black Lives Matter controversy, Catholic removed from Florida State student government

Jun 23, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Catholic former president of a Florida university’s student senate says he was removed from office for questioning controversial policy... Read more

Sister Thea Bowman. Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Thea Bowman - religious sister, civil rights advocate, candidate for sainthood

Jun 18, 2020

Sister Thea Bowman was the granddaughter of a slave, an advocate for racial justice, and the first African American woman... Read more

St. Josephine Bakhita.

Catholic magazine issues art challenge to highlight human equality

Jun 17, 2020

In the face of recent protests, a Catholic art magazine has organized the Bakhita Prize for the Visual Arts to... Read more

 Protesters march during a "Black Trans Lives Matter" march against police brutality on June 17, 2020 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.

Can Catholics support ‘Black Lives Matter’?

Jun 17, 2020

Catholic leaders say the Church has an important role in working for racial justice, but that protesting for justice does... Read more

Brian Carroll. Courtesy photo.

American Solidarity Party candidate presses on to 2020 presidential election

Jun 17, 2020

Republicans and Democrats aren’t the only political parties finding their 2020 campaigning efforts hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

A peaceful protest in Miami May 31, 2020 following the death of George Floyd.

Maryland Catholic bishops: Fighting racism requires more than words

Jun 15, 2020

The Catholic Church should be at the forefront of efforts to address racial inequality – not only through words, but... Read more

In trying times, how can Catholics stay hopeful?

Jun 13, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Amid the worldwide panic surrounding coronavirus and lockdowns, as well as protests and unrest in many parts of the country... Read more

Demonstrators pray the rosary near the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020,

For justice and healing: Catholics explain why they marched

Jun 12, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Catholics around the country told CNA that they attended recent protests against racism and police brutality in cities, suburbs, and... Read more

June 7th 2020: Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at 16th St NW in Washington, D.C.

'The death of George Floyd will not be in vain', says Democrats for Life coordinator

Jun 11, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The Georgia coordinator for Democrats for Life of America has called for renewed solidarity in the pro-life cause, following the death... Read more

Fr. Josh Johnson. Courtesy photo.

‘God is inviting us to be part of the solution’- Black Catholic priests on racism and healing

Jun 10, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

Two black Catholic priests— one ordained six years, the other 42— shared their thoughts with CNA this week on the... Read more

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. CNA file photo.

Catholics cannot remain indifferent to racism, Phoenix bishop says

Jun 9, 2020

Catholics have a key part to play— in cooperation with God’s grace— in overcoming racism, the bishop of Phoenix said... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Archbishop Gomez says US has work to do in achieving racial equality

Jun 9, 2020

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles asked the parishes of his archdiocese to toll their bells for eight minutes and... Read more

Protester outside the White House in 2016.

DC Catholic priests invited to 'prayerful protest' at White House

Jun 8, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Priests in the Archdiocese of Washington will demonstrate outside of the White House on Monday as a “prayerful protest” against hatred... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell June 5 at a prayer service for George Floyd, at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere.

Cardinal Farrell laments ideological divide in Christian response to George Floyd killing

Jun 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

In response to racism, the Catholic Church should be united in Christ, not take ideological sides, Cardinal Kevin Farrell said... Read more

1992 LA riots.

How one Catholic priest responded to the ’92 LA riots

Jun 4, 2020

In the spring of 1992, then-Father David O’Connell was comfortable in parish life in south LA. The Irish-born priest had... Read more