- Sep 23, 2020
In the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, Catholic officials from three dioceses affected by earlier mass shootings reflected on what they learned, emphasizing how accompanying people and bringing Christ’s love to them amidst their suffering, uniting with people in prayer, had helped bring healing.
In a ruling due before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court could dash the hopes of thousands of men, women and children we should be proud to claim as Americans, in a ruling on a 2014 program known as DAPA, which also has a 2012 predecessor known as DACA. The acronyms are for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, respectively.
As we mark the encyclical’s one-year anniversary today, a look around the Catholic Church in the United States reveals that both those in the pews and those in the pulpit have heeded the urgency of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.
The U.S. bishops are highlighting the Christian witness of 14 women and men, including Blessed Oscar Romero, the slain archbishop of San Salvador; The Little Sisters of the Poor, the order at the forefront of a U.S. court fight against a contraceptive mandate; the Martyrs of Compiegne, France, guillotined during the French Revolution for defying the government’s suppression of their monastery; and Coptic Christians killed by Islamic State militants.
Joan Sheen Cunningham, the archbishop’s oldest living relative, was joined by others in filing a legal petition with the Supreme Court of the State of New York, asking that the body be transferred to Peoria, Illinois, and the Diocese of Peoria says a beatification could happen shortly afterwards.
Just hours after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Pulse that left 50 dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 wounded, six bilingual staffers from Catholic Charities arrived at the Hampton Inn in downtown Orlando, a meeting place for family and friends of the victims.