National News

Simple act of providing jugs of water in desert prevents migrant deaths

Christian volunteers carry water, food, emergency medical supplies, communication equipment and maps out to the desert daily to help people who are crossing the landscape in southern Arizona.

Philippines again orders deportation of Australian nun, who plans appeal

In a 10-page resolution released July 19, the Immigration Bureau found Sister Fox "in violation of the limitations and conditions of her missionary visa" for reportedly joining partisan political activities.

Adoptive parents nervous after raids of Missionaries of Charity homes

Many mothers such question the fate of children already living with adoptive parents, for fear the government will say the process was not followed and their children will be taken away.

After investigation, pope accepts resignation of Honduran bishop

The Vatican made the announcement July 20 without specifying the reasons the 57-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle stepped down. The normal retirement age for bishops is 75.

New Shrine director helps people ‘share your needs with Mary’

Vincentian Father Michael J. Carroll feels right at home as head of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown because his mother brought him there as a boy. Now he leads others to the Blessed Mother, and she leads them to Jesus.

Cardinal calls all to pray Supreme Court will move to protect life in law

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called for a national prayer campaign effort that "the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life."

Tradition with a twist: Rome club has ancient roots, modern flair

While Rome always has been a city of beauty that highlights both the past and the present, a quaint and unusual bar nestled in the heart of the Eternal City has taken that concept to new heights.

CRS student ambassadors stress importance of human dignity to Congress

Preserving current spending levels for disaster relief, health care, nutrition, anti-human trafficking efforts, migration and refugee assistance is a major priority of Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Russian church official urges reflection on centenary of czar’s murder

The secretary-general of the Russian bishops' conference urged Catholics to remember the 1918 murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family with "penance and reflection," while suggesting Catholics could participate in future commemorations.

Riverdance to perform for Pope Francis during World Meeting of Families

The group -- which has been seen by some 25 million people worldwide -- will be one of the main acts at a Festival of Families Aug. 25 before an expected 80,000 people at Croke Park stadium in Dublin.