In a Sept. 9, 2019, column for the Boston Globe, Cardinal O’Malley addresses “the human consequences of our immigration policies.” Archbishop Wester in a newly issued pastoral urges Catholics to pray for “hope and healing among peoples.”
Our prayers are acts of solidarity with those impacted by the shootings. Prayer also gives us an opportunity to reflect, listen and discern how God may be trying to move our hearts. Prayer in the wake of tragedy can help spur us to take actions that bring healing, renewal and reform to our society.
Iraqi Christians face “extinction” unless Islam recognizes the fundamental equality of all people and takes steps to overcome violent factions that seek to force religious minorities from the country, said Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil.
While protests against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raged across the country, National Guard forces loyal to the embattled head of state launched tear gas at churchgoers attending Mass at a local parish.
As the Central African Republic’s government and the 14 militia groups that control most of the country meet for peace talks, the country’s bishops called on the United Nations to lift the arms embargo imposed on the nation.
In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing “carnage” in Syria and the recent violence along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, violence the pope said had not spared “the defenseless.