National News

New Orleans ‘Hope Monstrance’ to visit U.S. communities hit by disasters

The monstrance will travel to three U.S. communities still reeling from disasters in 2017: Houston (Hurricane Harvey); Las Vegas (the worst mass shooting in U.S. history); and Santa Rosa, California (wildfires that destroyed 5,000 homes in Sonoma County).

Richmond bishop apologizes to victims; commits to opening, reviewing files

During the Mass attended by more than 300 people in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Bishop Knestout said the church must confess its sins and express contrition for what it has done and failed to do.

Virgin Islands diocese still recovering from 2017 double hurricanes

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria smashed through the Virgin Islands, people remain jittery about the rest of the 2018 hurricane season.

Stanford University to remove saint’s name from some properties

Stanford University announced the changes Sept. 13, saying in a statement that St. Junipero Serra established a mission system that, while part of California history, it also was one that "inflicted great harm and violence on Native Americans."

Catholic Charities distributes disaster relief to areas hit by Florence

At least 24 people died in storm-related incidents, tens of thousands of homes were damaged and about 500,000 homes and businesses were still without power Sept. 17.

Archbishop Lori assures diocese he’s with them in journey toward healing

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Michael J. Bransfield's resignation as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and then appointed Archbishop Lori apostolic administrator of the diocese.

North Carolina Catholics pray for reparation, find renewal in Eucharist

Many afterward agreed the Sept. 7-8 congress was "a beautiful Catholic answer" to the tumult experienced by the U.S. church in recent weeks.

Path to healing starts with seeking forgiveness, Cardinal Wuerl says

A "Season of Healing" for sexual abuse survivors began in the Archdiocese of Washington with a Sept. 14 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Catholic family offers a model for love, harmony among races, cultures

The new frontier for raising tolerant and inclusive people is embracing multicultural families in our homes and churches.

Addicts and their loved ones talk about life with opioid addiction

On Sept. 29 the Arlington Diocese will host its first conference on the issue -- "Seeking Hope & Healing in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis" -- to look at how it is impacting families and how the church can address this crisis.