Archbishop Gomez: English wasn't America's first language

In recent months, national debates over immigration and deportation have reached a fever pitch in the wake of President Trump’s election. But for Archbishop Jose Gomez, both Catholic principles and the history of America as a home to people from a variety of backgrounds means that the immigration debate has higher stakes than just law… Continue reading Archbishop Gomez: English wasn't America's first language

Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

The Home Office has invited community groups to integrate refugees – but so far only two groups have joined the scheme The Home Office has appealed to churches to help integrate refugees, as it tries to meet a target of accepting 20,000 Syrians. The Full Community Sponsorship scheme, launched last July, allows community groups to take… Continue reading Could your parish welcome a refugee family? Government appeals to churches for help

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

The Pope told pilgrims that the sin Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy Meeting a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, Pope Francis said he does not like “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.” “This is not something… Continue reading Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

On Trump presidency, Pope says we must 'wait and see'

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said… Continue reading On Trump presidency, Pope says we must 'wait and see'

Our Lady of Guadalupe asked to touch Trump's 'hardened heart'

Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City commended to Our Lady of Guadalupe the millions of migrants who have left behind their country for a better future in the U.S., asking her to help Americans welcome them – especially President-Elect Donald Trump. In his prayer published by the weekly Desde la Fe in honor of her… Continue reading Our Lady of Guadalupe asked to touch Trump's 'hardened heart'

Whatever you think of Trump, give thanks that the Church’s enemies have been defeated

Neither candidate was a model of integrity, but at least the progressives who hate the Church are out of power Donald Trump is not the president that conservative Christian America wanted. However, with the defeat of candidates such as Cruz and Rubio, they were left with little choice. Nevertheless, Christian conservatives (like me) can still… Continue reading Whatever you think of Trump, give thanks that the Church’s enemies have been defeated

44 Afghani troops disappear while training in the U.S.

Afghanis in the United States for military training are deserting. According to the Pentagon, 44 Afghanis have deserted while in the U.S., presumably to live and work here illegally. Afghani soldiers have been training in the U.S. since 2007, part of a program to improve the relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan and to provide… Continue reading 44 Afghani troops disappear while training in the U.S.

For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

Despite a media focus on divorce and homosexuality, the synod discussions regarding family issues cannot ignore the weighty impact of the current migration crisis, said U.K. Cardinal Vincent Nichols. “We should have the integrity of the family foremost in our minds,” the cardinal told CNA, speaking about the many families who have become separated by… Continue reading For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

Never lose sight of your dreams, Pope tells Harlem schoolkids

When Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered his famous line “I have a dream”, he was thinking of you. Those were the words of Pope Francis this afternoon during a brief but moving encounter with elementary students at Our Lady, Queen of the Angels School in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. “His dream was that many… Continue reading Never lose sight of your dreams, Pope tells Harlem schoolkids

Pope condemns abortion and hostility to migrants in speech to US Congress

History is made as Francis becomes the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by hatred at a time when the American people and indeed the world need a helping hand, Pope Francis had told the U.S. Congress.… Continue reading Pope condemns abortion and hostility to migrants in speech to US Congress

Watch this little girl defy security guards and get a hug from the Pope

  Sophie Cruz travelled from Los Angeles, across the United States, with her father and two uncles to try to hand a letter Pope Francis this week. Her dream came true on Wednesday when the popemobile stopped for the child, and she was given the most tender embrace of the day. While Pope Francis paraded… Continue reading Watch this little girl defy security guards and get a hug from the Pope

Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more. In his Sept. 23 address to the bishops of the United… Continue reading Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, abortion

Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global Church, prioritizing different issues, and counseling a more merciful message. Here’s a primer on where the pope… Continue reading A primer on where pope stands on gays, divorce, abortion

Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

On Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants. The pontiff made these remarks during an audience with the International Catholic Legislators Network. During the meeting, members of the Network… Continue reading Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.