Meet up with a nearly 96-year-old Holy Cross priest who has many accolades to his name including papal appointments, involvement in the civil rights movement, a Centennial medal from Catholic Charities USA and longest-serving president of the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Hesburgh, who is also the oldest and longest-serving priest of the United States Province for the Congregation of the Holy Cross, still works daily in his office on the 13th floor of the library that bears his name.
Human trafficking is “a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilized,” Pope Francis said. Refugees, displaced and stateless people are particularly vulnerable to “the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts,” the pope said May 24.
One Catholic school didn’t let the school year end without giving students one more chance to hear about religious life from local priests, seminarians and a sister.
The director of the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority said the Vatican will further amend its finance-related laws in the coming months, increase screening of account holders at the Vatican bank and continue assessing the potential risk that accounts could be used for money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted blessed St. Henry’s chapel and church hall during the vigil Mass for the Feast of the Ascension. The spaces mark the first of an ongoing multi-phase effort to permanently re-locate parish activities four-miles north of what is now called the “pastoral center” or “office location.”
Selfishness only brings sadness and bitterness, while stepping outside of oneself to evangelize is the ultimate “pick me up” and source of joy, Pope Francis said.
The United States’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to hunt down suspected terrorists deserves a wide-scale public discussion, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.
The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraqi cities that left at least 54 people dead and dozens more injured.
Growing extremism in Syria could jeopardize the safety of all Christians, said Syriac Catholic Bishop Gregoire Melki of Jerusalem. “It is a very sad situation and we are really anxious,” he told Catholic News Service May 18, following a special prayer service in Jerusalem. “We are very anxious when we remember what happened to the Christians in Iraq. We fear the same thing will happen to the Christians in Syria.