Authorities on high alert – Al-Qaeda plans attacks to thwart U.S. elections

U.S. authorities believe terror group al-Qaeda is plotting attacks in three states on election day. According to CBS News, unnamed sources revealed al-Qaeda could be planning attacks in the U.S., leaving officials no choice but to take the threat seriously. No specific locations were mentioned; however, CBS believes New York, Texas and Virginia are the… Continue reading Authorities on high alert – Al-Qaeda plans attacks to thwart U.S. elections

Duterte orders US troops to leave – Is the 65-year-agreement at an end?

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has put an end to the 65-year joint military contract with the US. Over the weekend, Duterte informed the US the Philippines wouldno longer participate in joint patrols in the South China Sea. The Philippine defense chief, Delfin Lorenzana, announced all joint patrols have come to an end and a small… Continue reading Duterte orders US troops to leave – Is the 65-year-agreement at an end?

A Catholic Inside-Look into the US Vice-President Candidates

Although both major 2016 vice presidential nominees were raised Catholic and still profess to be Christians, their public policy records have drawn concern from some members of the faithful, each for different reasons. The “free exercise” of religion “is not simply about what you do in Church on Sunday morning,” Deacon Keith Fournier, the Catholic… Continue reading A Catholic Inside-Look into the US Vice-President Candidates

Nearly 12.5k Muslim refugees vs only 68 Christians admitted to US

As Syrians flood into the United States, Americans protest the obscene number of Muslim to Christian refugees. The United States has admitted over 12.5 thousand refugees in fiscal year 2016, most of whom were Muslim. CNS News reported 98.2 percent of all refugees admitted to the United states were Sunni Muslim, while only 0.5 percent… Continue reading Nearly 12.5k Muslim refugees vs only 68 Christians admitted to US

Faith was barely mentioned at the debate – Should Catholics be worried?

There were few direct statements about faith by the two presidential candidates in Monday’s debate. But that is not necessarily a cause for worry, Catholic analysts said. Monday’s event was only “the first of three presidential debates,” noted Dr. Matthew Bunson, senior contributor to EWTN, and the candidates did not have “many opportunities” to discuss… Continue reading Faith was barely mentioned at the debate – Should Catholics be worried?

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes predicts that the poor will be severely affected by the "Nica Act" bill passed by the US House of Representatives this week

At the beginning of last week, the US House of Representatives passed a bill, the “Nicaraguan Investment conditionality act”, renamed “Nica Act”, calling for economic sanctions against Daniel Ortega’s government. The law looks to stop Ortega from accessing international funds. The Government of Nicaragua, in a press release, rejected the “Nica Act”, calling it a… Continue reading Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes predicts that the poor will be severely affected by the "Nica Act" bill passed by the US House of Representatives this week

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Two priests found dead after being kidnapped in Mexico

Prosecutors say the two men were kidnapped on Sunday in the city of Poza Rica Two priests were found dead Monday, hours after they were abducted in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The Veracruz state prosecutors’ office said the two men were kidnapped Sunday in the northern Veracruz city of Poza Rica. Their bodies… Continue reading Two priests found dead after being kidnapped in Mexico

What should Catholics do in response to the Orlando massacre?

The Orlando shootings have already generated a great deal of analysis and commentary (no need for links; just look anywhere). There seems to be confusion about the motivation of the killer. Was he a homophobe? Was this a hate crime? Was this Islamist terrorism? Was it planned or merely inspired by ISIS? Was it perhaps… Continue reading What should Catholics do in response to the Orlando massacre?

Synod is being distorted by critics, says Cardinal Wuerl

The US cardinal told America magazine the synod was not being manipulated The Synod of Bishops on the family is not being manipulated, rather the distortion rests in how it is being depicted or seen by a number of people, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. “I don’t think the synod itself has been tainted,… Continue reading Synod is being distorted by critics, says Cardinal Wuerl

Stolen cross, gifted to US bishop by Benedict XVI, recovered

Bishop James Conley was given the pectoral cross by Benedict XVI in 2012 The Diocese of Lincoln, in Nebraska announced on October 16 that Bishop James Conley’s pectoral cross, taken from his home in a burglary, has been recovered. The cross was stolen the afternoon of October 10, when the bishop was not home. A… Continue reading Stolen cross, gifted to US bishop by Benedict XVI, recovered

Vatican urges Arkansas governor to commute death sentences for eight men

Pope Francis has recently spoken out about the Catholic Church’s teaching against capital punishment. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, has asked Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson to commute the death sentences of eight men scheduled for execution in the weeks ahead. The nuncio released the letter October 7 in light of… Continue reading Vatican urges Arkansas governor to commute death sentences for eight men

Bishop asks for prayers for burglar who stole cross given to him by Benedict XVI

The pectoral cross was stolen from the home of the US bishop on Saturday Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, in Nebraska, is asking Catholics to pray for “a conversion of heart” of the person who stole his pectoral cross on Saturday. The cross was stolen from his home, when the bishop was not there, at… Continue reading Bishop asks for prayers for burglar who stole cross given to him by Benedict XVI

South Carolina bishop asks for prayers and support for families affected by floods

Authorities said at least 14 people died after flooding in the US state earlier this month Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston asked for prayers for the families of those killed as well as for those whose homes were destroyed in what officials called a 1,000-year storm that brought extreme rains that deluged South Carolina. Authorities… Continue reading South Carolina bishop asks for prayers and support for families affected by floods

US cardinal: ‘Synod is moving along very well’

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told Vatican Radio that discussions have got off to a good start Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC has said that the opening days of the synod on the family have been a success. The cardinal made the comments in an interview with Vatican Radio. “I think we’re moving along… Continue reading US cardinal: ‘Synod is moving along very well’

Syrian archbishop criticises US for ‘siding with al-Qaeda’

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’ A Syrian Catholic archbishop has accused the United States of joining forces with al-Qaeda in an attempt to topple President Bashar Al-Assad. Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo of Hassaké-Nisibi said he believed that the Central… Continue reading Syrian archbishop criticises US for ‘siding with al-Qaeda’

Oregon gunman was targeting Christians, eyewitness claims

Chris Harper-Mercer was reportedly asking victims their religion before shooting them The gunmen who killed at least 9 people at a college shooting in the US state of Oregon, was targeting Christians, eye witnesses are reporting. Twenty-six-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer opened fire on students and staff yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, southwestern Oregon, before he… Continue reading Oregon gunman was targeting Christians, eyewitness claims

China’s media black out papal visit to America

China’s President Xi Jinping made his own visit to the US last week Competing with Pope Francis was never going to be easy. So China’s state media gave their leader a helping hand over the past week, all but ignoring the Pope as President Xi Jinping made his own tour of the United States, reported… Continue reading China’s media black out papal visit to America

Watch Pope’s farewell to US

  Pope Francis addressed Vice President Joe Biden and World Meeting of Families volunteers at Philadelphia Airport Mr. Vice-President, Distinguished Authorities, My Brother Bishops, Dear Friends, My days with you have been brief. But they have been days of great grace for me and, I pray, for you too. Please know that as I prepare… Continue reading Watch Pope’s farewell to US

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, Pope tells US bishops

Pope Francis met the US bishops in Washington’s Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the US bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his own experience as a pastor and urged them to keep their eyes focused on Jesus and their hearts open to others. “Woe… Continue reading Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, Pope tells US bishops

‘This generation must tackle climate change,’ says Pope Francis at the White House

President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to America during a ceremony at the White House Pope Francis has urged action climate change during a welcoming ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House. Before moving inside for a private conversation, both leaders spoke about the environment and, particularly, Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Laudato Si’,… Continue reading ‘This generation must tackle climate change,’ says Pope Francis at the White House

‘Flat Francis’ helps welcome the Pope to America

Charity Catholic Extension took their cartoon version of the Pope out on the streets of Chicago this week Pope Francis might not be getting too far from the East Coast during his September 22-27 trip to the United States, but charity Catholic Extension’s Flat Francis was helping the people of Chicagoa welcome the Pontiff this… Continue reading ‘Flat Francis’ helps welcome the Pope to America

Vatican spokesman declines to speculate on what Pope will say during US engagements

Francis will meet President Obama, speak at a joint meeting of Congress and address the UN during his time in America Despite repeated questions from journalists on what Pope Francis will say to President Barack Obama, a joint meeting of Congress and the United Nations on any range of potential subjects, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father… Continue reading Vatican spokesman declines to speculate on what Pope will say during US engagements

Pope Francis arrives in Washington DC

President Obama and the First Lady have welcomed the Pontiff to America at the start of his three-city visit Pope Francis arrived in the United States the late afternoon of September 22 to begin his first apostolic journey as pontiff. His plane, an Alitalia jetliner, touched down at Joint Base Andrews near Washington at 3.51pm… Continue reading Pope Francis arrives in Washington DC

Parents of missing Mexican students travel to US to appeal to Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s trip to Philadelphia coincides with the anniversary of attacks which left six people dead and 43 missing Peasant farmer Emiliano Navarrete lost his son one year ago, in an attack on 43 teacher trainees in southern Guerrero state. He still holds out hope that his son, Jose Angel Navarrete, 18, and his classmates… Continue reading Parents of missing Mexican students travel to US to appeal to Pope Francis

‘Minnesota’s Mother Teresa’ to receive private papal audience in Washington

Mary Jo Copeland, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands, will meet the pontiff on Thursday A Catholic servant of the poor from Minnesota whom some consider a living saint will have a private audience with Pope Francis in Washington on September 24. Mary Jo Copeland, 73, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands in 1985, will… Continue reading ‘Minnesota’s Mother Teresa’ to receive private papal audience in Washington

US diplomat tells pilgrims they can help normalise relations with Cuba

Diplomatic progress is being made every day, Jeffrey DeLaurentis told US Catholics in Cuba The top US diplomat to Cuba told a group of US Catholics that they can help play a role in their country’s normalisation of relations with Cuba. “As we all know, this visit from Pope Francis comes in the context of… Continue reading US diplomat tells pilgrims they can help normalise relations with Cuba

Reports: Anti-government activists prevented from meeting Pope in Cuba

Two dissidents claim they were prevented from attending the Pope’s vespers service at the Cathedral of Havana on Sunday Two high-profile Cuban dissidents have claimed they were prevented by security forces from taking up an invitation to attend the Pope’s vespers service at the Cathedral of Havana on Sunday, according to reports. Marta Beatriz Roque… Continue reading Reports: Anti-government activists prevented from meeting Pope in Cuba

Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana

The Pontiff visited the former president of Cuba after the Mass on Sunday Although it was not part of his formal programme, Pope Francis took time after Sunday Mass to visit Cuba’s ailing former leader, Fidel Castro. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that after the Mass on Sunday in Havana’s Revolution Square, Pope… Continue reading Pope Francis meets Fidel Castro in Havana