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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops’ domestic anti-poverty arm, should “resist efforts that isolate Catholic-funded organizations from effective coalitions that are improving the lives of low-income citizens,” according to a new report examining threats to CCHD’s funding.
The report is titled “Be Not Afraid?: Guilt by Association, Catholic McCarthyism and Growing Threats to the U.S. Bishops’ Anti-Poverty Mission.”
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The prestigious medical journal The Lancet has shown that more than a third of child deaths and 11 percent of the rate of disease worldwide was the result of mothers and children being malnourished.
Malnutrition, which causes nearly 45 percent of all deaths in children under 5, slows children’s mental growth, making them 20 percent less able to read and handicapping them so that as adults they earn on average 20 percent less than their counterparts who had a healthy diet as children.
Hackett retired in December 2011 after 18 years as president of CRS, the U.S. bishops’ overseas relief and development agency.
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — An advocate for undocumented migrants has left a Catholic-run shelter in southern Mexico after receiving death threats, a statement from a coalition of nine Catholic and human rights organizations said.
The departure of an activist, Ruben Figueroa of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, marks yet more difficulties for the shelter and its operator, Franciscan Father Tomas Gonzalez Castillo, whose work with undocumented migrants on the Mexico-Guatemala border has brought him into conflict with both criminals and government officials.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) — For the second year in a row, a wildfire got out of hand on a hot and windy afternoon in Colorado Springs June 12, leaving thousands of people fleeing for safety and thousands of others reliving a nightmare.
More than 360 homes have been destroyed in the blaze that has consumed nearly 15,000 acres. No injuries have been reported, and it is not known yet how the fire started.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) — A Chicago circuit judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Serra International against Serra’s USA Council to pave the way for bishops to help settle the dispute.
But the more than two years of internal strife in the vocations organization has caused at least one former U.S. Serra Club to strike out on its own.
“Some of our members agonized over this, hoping that a satisfactory resolution might unfold. But it took so long that everyone lost heart and we voted unanimously to leave Serra,” read the June newsletter of the Vocations Ministry of Savannah, Ga., formerly a Serra club.
MIAMI (CNS) — Although the Second Vatican Council called on the Catholic Church to mirror the life of the Trinity, the church is still far from being converted to that vision, a leading Australian theologian said June 8.
“The major issue is that the Holy Spirit is given very little institutional breathing room,” Father Ormond Rush said in a plenary address to the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Miami.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Catholic officials expressed disappointment with the June 10 announcement that the federal government will comply with a judge’s ruling to allow girls of any age to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription.
The decision reversed recent course of action by the federal government. On May 1, the Justice Department announced that [...]
AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — With the debate on immigration underway in the U.S. Senate, the nation may finally be making some headway on long-overdue comprehensive reform of its immigration policies, said Austin Bishop Joe S. Vasquez.
“Our country has needed this legislation for years,” he said. “With the help of all in the Catholic community, we [...]
MIAMI (CNS) — The new papacy of Francis has thus far been inspiring, challenging and accessible and is giving “new traction” to Catholic social teachings, according to a cross section of distinguished scholars on hand for a convention of theologians.