News/International

WASHINGTON – Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee resettlement, aiding those who came in finding housing, clothing and schools in Syria, where he lived.

Lent provides opportunity for Catholics to focus attention on homeless

By

WASHINGTON – Almsgiving is a Lenten tradition and Washington resident Ron Van Bellen says his volunteer work feeding the homeless honours his Catholic faith as he prepares for Easter.

In notorious Santiago community, church works to give people options

By

SANTIAGO, Chile – The residents of La Legua, Santiago's most notorious community, are never sure when the gunfights will begin.

Gypsy woman left to die after childbirth among 115 Spanish martyrs

By

OXFORD, England – A 23-year-old illiterate basket-maker who died in prison after giving birth to a child will be the first Gypsy woman beatified by the Catholic Church.

Trump vows to keep fighting for travel ban blocked again by courts

By

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Nashville, vowed to fight the latest court ruling blocking his executive order temporarily suspending immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and refugee resettlement all the way to the Supreme Court.

Priest relocated over threats from drug lords in Argentina

By

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A diocese in Argentina has decided to transfer a priest after a series of threats he's received for protesting the death of a man who had been killed by a drug cartel.

Dutch Church’s relief over election results tempered by Catholic support for populist

By

OXFORD, England – The editor of the highest-circulation Dutch Catholic weekly said a "general sense of relief" in the church after March 15 elections was tempered by knowledge that many Catholics had supported the losing candidate.

Pope talks Syrian war with Lebanese president at Vatican

By

VATICAN CITY – With the 6th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war as backdrop this week, Pope Francis met Thursday morning with the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun.

15,000 Catholics ask Trump to honour Paris climate agreement

By

WASHINGTON – Thousands of Catholics asked President Donald Trump to honour the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions.

Irish archbishop: St. Patrick was an 'undocumented migrant'

By

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland – The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick's Day to remember the plight of migrants.

Nigeria's bishops call on government to defend human rights

By

ABUJA, Nigeria – At a recent meeting, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria gave a bleak summary of the state of their country, lamenting humanitarian crises including violence at the hands of Boko Haram and other extremist groups, poverty, government corruption, and a lack of respect for human rights or dignity.