President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement on Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio Ordering Worldwide Response to the Evil of Sexual Abuse

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio earlier today. The Motu Proprio, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”), is a worldwide order to the Church from the Pope, in response to the evil of sexual abuse. The new law comes after a meeting in Rome that brought together all episcopal conference presidents from across the globe to discuss the Church sex abuse crisis.

Catholics, Protestants Unite in Iowa to Aid Immigrant Families

Last year on May 9, the town of Mount Pleasant, Iowa was devastated when an ICE raid ripped apart dozens of migrant families. One year later, residents say they’ve recovered “some sense of hope” – thanks in large part to the efforts of Catholics and Protestants working together to aid grieving families.

Bishop Testifies on Immigration As President Seeks to Change Asylum

In a memo released late April 29, President Donald Trump ordered changes for how refugees may apply for asylum to the U.S., requesting an application fee from asylum-seekers and denying them permission to work depending on how the applicant entered the country. Though the changes are not immediate, he gave administration officials 90 days to work on new regulations.

Catholic Bishops Condemn Poway Synagogue Shooting

Catholic bishops from around the U.S. were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured.

Bayou Priest Battles Human Trafficking, with Boost From Nuns

“The heroes in today’s Church for the fight against human trafficking are religious women. It’s not the bishops, it’s not the priests. It’s religious women. Period,” Father Bayhi told The Tablet during a Vatican conference on human trafficking earlier this month.