National News

Sex trafficking is ‘rooted in structure of society,’ says speaker

The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation may need its own #MeToo moment, according to Good Shepherd Sister Winifred Doherty, who is her religious congregation's representative to the United Nations.

Historians’ approval moves Father Tolton’s sainthood cause forward

Father Tolton, a former slave, is the first recognized U.S. diocesan priest of African descent. Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George opened his cause for canonization in 2011, giving the priest the title "servant of God."

Tax reform brings challenges, opportunities for charities, says speaker

What has been described as the most significant overhaul of the federal tax system in three decades -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- also has been flagged as a potential train wreck for annual charitable giving.

Graduates urged to proclaim ‘a new American story’ of ‘holiness, heroism’

"America's founders -- including Padre (St. Junipero) Serra -- dreamed of a nation where men and women from every race, religion and national background could live in equality," Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said.

Man with local roots will lead national office for family, laity

Dominic Lombardi, formerly an official working in the church's evangelization efforts in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, has been named director of the U.S. Catholic conference's Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Volcano’s lava flow displaces members of one Hawaii parish

In addition to offering prayers, the Catholic Church is stepping into action on behalf of hundreds of residents displaced from a fierce and unpredictable volcanic eruption.

Pope ‘most fearless man I ever met,’ says filmmaker Wenders

Pope Francis, the subject of a new documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, is "the most fearless man I ever met," the director said in a segment of the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" that aired May 13.

States bordering Gulf of Mexico rank at, near bottom of new index

Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas ranked poorly in poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion, seen as important to Catholic social teaching. The states have a legacy of racial discrimination and lower paying nonunion jobs.

Catholic groups highlight plight of immigrant mothers on Mother’s Day

Days before the U.S. celebrated Mother's Day May 13, the national group Faith in Action urged others to think about immigrant mothers who have been separated from their children or run the risk of never seeing them again.

Speaker: U.S. should recognize past flaws on religious freedom

Panelists urged that religious freedom be included in America's foreign policy decisions, even if the U.S. failed to do so in the past. "We've had a history of backing bad guys -- some very bad guys" said a speaker.