The annual observance of World Refugee Day June 20 “provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the global refugee situation and the success of resettled refugees,” an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a June 19 statement.
Cardinal Jaime Ortega is calling for a continued dialogue and encounter between Cuba and the United States.
Many attended a prayer service June 14 for the recovery of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and other victims of a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
A liturgy at the opening day of the U.S. bishops’ spring meeting was a response to a call from Pope Francis to episcopal conferences around the world to observe a “Day of Prayer and Penance” for survivors of sexual abuse within the church.
The U.S. bishops discussed the need to reverse that trend of the estimated 50 percent of Catholics 30 and younger that no longer identify with their religion at the spring meeting in Indianapolis.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a White House request to overturn an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries adding that it violated an immigration law that prohibits discrimination based on nationality.
Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the U.S. bishops for years have pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, but the nation’s refugee and immigration policy, he said, is going the opposite direction, with a renewed emphasis on enforcement-only efforts.
The World Day of the Poor — to be marked each year on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time — will be celebrated Nov. 19 this year and will focus on the Apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.” The pope is asking local churches to dedicate the week preceding the World Day of the Poor to creative initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.
If left unchecked, warming, pollution, and acidification of the world’s oceans will have drastic socio-ecological consequences, particularly for people who depend on the water for their livelihoods, according to speakers at the June 5-9 Ocean Conference at the United Nations.
The Knights of Columbus has begun a nationwide television and digital ad campaign to spread awareness of the situation of Christians in the Middle East and raise funds on their behalf.