Eighty-six percent of the world’s refugees are living in developing countries and it is particularly hard for those countries to meet refugees’ needs and provide them an education and a livelihood, according to a senior policy and legislative specialist at Catholic Relief Services.
“We never tire of repeating that the name of God cannot be used to justify violence. Peace alone, and not war, is holy!” the pope said Sept. 20 at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi.
The current refugee and migration crisis, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, has become “the greatest humanitarian crisis after the Second World War,” Pope Francis said.
In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing violence is needed in order to combat hatred and foster a greater sense of fraternity and solidarity.
With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, “This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes.”
Pope Francis donned a green hospital gown over his white cassock and entered the neonatal unit of a Rome hospital.
Catholic Relief Services announced Sept. 16 that it is hiring Sean Callahan as its new president and CEO.
Campaign 2016 is shaping up to be one where voters are not so much supporting one candidate or another as casting a ballot against a candidate they find intolerable.
Or they may not vote for president at all.
Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, spoke to journalists Sept. 15 after the publication of an apostolic letter published “motu proprio” (on his own initiative) in which Pope Francis ordered the changes to the Latin Code of Canon Law, the 1983 text governing the majority of the world’s Catholics.
Though it has no juridical power, Pope Francis’ committee on protecting children has discovered it has consultative punch.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said Sept. 14 that Catholics “are called to overcome the partisan divides that separate us” on migration issues.