- Jan 17, 2020
Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso is working to stop the deportation of a woman who is the only caretaker for her bed-ridden 8-year-old daughter, who has bone cancer. Seitz made headlines in July because of a pastoral letter in which he denounced the “demonization of immigrants” and pleaded with others for compassion and solidarity.
The smallest parish in the Diocese of Phoenix is located in one of the country’s largest and most well-known national parks – the Grand Canyon. It is one of the few Catholic churches in the United States located within a national park.
For parish priests in the West Bank, the challenge is to emphasize the Christian tradition of nonviolence while supporting their young parishioners’ desire to oppose the Israeli occupation. Father Aktham Hijazin of the Annunciation Parish in Beit Jala, said, as Catholics “They are not interested to take part in any violent act.”
The Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients across Belgium, formally implemented its euthanasia policy in June, just weeks after the bishops declared they would not accept euthanasia in Catholic institutions. About 12 psychiatric patients in their care are believed to have asked for euthanasia over the past year, with two transferred elsewhere to receive the injections to end their lives.
Although Iraqi forces recaptured Qaraqosh, about nine miles from the edge of Mosul, from the Islamic State last October, it took many months before Christians felt comfortable enough to return, and their numbers are not huge. So far, 200 houses have been rebuilt in Qaraqosh, with another 111 on the way. Qaraqosh once had 50,000 people.
U.S. Catholics in Rome, guided by the Paulist Fathers, have a new home, after the cloistered Cistercian nuns of Santa Susanna — where Americans have worshiped since 1922 — tried to evict them. They have finally settled in St. Patrick’s Church.