The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety. But Christians from the city say they were targeted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub.
Pope Francis said the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations.
Archbishop Robert Carlson said June 13 he wanted to “set the record straight” and “respond to certain misconceptions” about a deposition he gave in a lawsuit involving alleged abuse by a Minnesota priest some 35 years ago.
Marriage is — “and can only ever be” — a relationship “solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote,” said Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison.
A videotaped deposition of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson in a lawsuit involving alleged abuse by a Minnesota priest some 35 years ago was covered extensively by media outlets after a video clip of it was highlighted at a news conference June 9 by the plaintiff’s lawyer.
During their June 11-13 spring general assembly in New Orleans, the nation’s Catholic bishops voted to extend their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty and to approve work on a limited revision of their quadrennial document aimed at guiding Catholics in election decisions.
Father Kenneth Walker, 29, died of a gunshot wound in the June 11 attack, while Father Joseph Terra, 56, survived the attack and was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said.
Church leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said.
The pope addressed his remarks June 8 to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during an “invocation for peace” in the Holy Land, to which he had invited them during his visit to the region two weeks earlier.
The Church’s celebration of Pentecost highlights the “life-changing power of God’s presence” believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.