- May 23, 2020
Countries with low birthrates suffer from that awful disease called “demographic winter,” Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
Measured by the volume of news releases issued, the US bishops were unusually active politically in 2017, including on health care, the environment and immigration.
Pope Francis encouraged a wide variety of Catholic organizations to work together to defend human dignity and promote the full integral development of all people.
2017 was hit by a sequence of large natural disasters in North America. The USCCB has been trying to raise money to help those affected while at the same time trying to convince the Trump administration to have a different view of climate policy.
When Catholic comedian Judy McDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer, she said, “My faith in Jesus tells me that these trials and tribulations on earth don’t matter. There are ups and downs, but the constant is my Catholic faith. It’s always steadfast.”
Speaking at a gathering organized by the GU272 Descendants Association and the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Father Bob Hussey, provincial of the Maryland Province, said, “We share a history — a history that is the history of slavery. Jesuits in my province almost 200 years ago owned and sold enslaved people, and they were your ancestors, your family. It is hard for me to say that, but it is the truth, and we need to continue to face that truth.”