RSSU.S. & World News

Bannon remarks on ’60 Minutes’ revive anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant views

Bannon remarks on ’60 Minutes’ revive anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant views

| Robert P. Lockwood | September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

When former White House strategist Steve Bannon criticized the Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops for their views on immigration, he resurrected widespread 19th-century anti-Catholic nativist charges against the church and immigrants to the United States.

Continue Reading

Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia at psych facilities

Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia at psych facilities

| Jonathan Luxmoore | September 15, 2017 | 3 Comments

Belgium’s Brothers of Charity Group, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients, has rejected a Vatican order to stop offering euthanasia.

Continue Reading

Don’t be embarrassed to talk about sex, youths tell Vatican officials

Don’t be embarrassed to talk about sex, youths tell Vatican officials

| Cindy Wooden | September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to youths talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.

Continue Reading

Judicial group launches digital ads opposing ‘religious litmus test’

Judicial group launches digital ads opposing ‘religious litmus test’

| September 15, 2017 | 7 Comments

The Washington-based Judicial Crisis Network Sept. 15 launched a 10-day digital ad campaign objecting to a U.S. Democratic senator grilling a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

Continue Reading

Catholic college leaders reach out to DACA students in uncertain times

Catholic college leaders reach out to DACA students in uncertain times

| Carol Zimmermann | September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic college leaders who have protested the Trump administration’s plan to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, also have heightened their resolve to do more for DACA students and have expressed cautious belief that federal legislation to give these students more permanent help could be at hand.

Continue Reading

Cardinal says Irma collection can help meet material, pastoral needs

Cardinal says Irma collection can help meet material, pastoral needs

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington has asked his fellow bishops around the country to take up an emergency collection in their dioceses during weekend Masses Sept. 23-24 to help those recovering from devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and the southeastern region of the United States.

Continue Reading

Vatican diplomat recalled from U.S. during child-porn investigation

Vatican diplomat recalled from U.S. during child-porn investigation

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

A member of the Vatican diplomatic corps serving in Washington has been recalled to the Vatican where he is involved in a criminal investigation involving child pornography, the Vatican said.

Continue Reading

London cardinal calls Tube incident ‘another cowardly attack’

London cardinal calls Tube incident ‘another cowardly attack’

| September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster described the attempted bombing of a rush hour Tube train in London as “yet another cowardly attack” and said he was praying for the 22 people being treated for burns and other injuries.

Continue Reading

Carmelite sister cleans up after Irma with a chainsaw, becomes sensation

Carmelite sister cleans up after Irma with a chainsaw, becomes sensation

| Rhina Guidos | September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin saw a motorist struggling to navigate a road obstructed by a fallen tree and worried for the safety of others.

Continue Reading

Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of ‘ordinary’ native son

Oklahoma set to welcome world for beatification of ‘ordinary’ native son

| Rhina Guidos | September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholics in Oklahoma have been preparing for a long time for this moment. Many, like Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, had faith it would come, but there’s still a sense of awe, to think that a farm boy, one of their own, is about to take a step toward official sainthood.

Continue Reading

Kansas nun shares memories of her brother who is on path to sainthood

Kansas nun shares memories of her brother who is on path to sainthood

| Christopher M. Riggs | September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sister Marita Rother really didn’t get to know her brother, Father Stanley Rother, as a priest until she visited him in Guatemala in the 1970s.

Continue Reading

Pilgrims journey to former Pennsylvania coal town to offer Marian prayer

Pilgrims journey to former Pennsylvania coal town to offer Marian prayer

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Only a few structures still stand in this nearly abandoned borough 62 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Even fewer are visible through the tree cover from the top of an adjacent mountain overlooking what was once a thriving community.

Continue Reading