- Jul 15, 2020
Nearly 100 days after Hurricane Maria devastated much of the island of Puerto Rico, the head of Catholic Charities of New York describes the relief efforts as a “tale of two islands.”
On Monday, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. announced that it would offer free tuition to students from Puerto Rico displaced by recent hurricanes. While several other institutions of higher education have already set up similar programs to aid the island, this is the first of its kind by a Catholic university.
After the announcement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops last month to form a new ad hoc committee to fight racism, many bishops around the country are also engaging in the fight in their own dioceses, launching initiatives and getting involved in local disputes they believe are augmenting racial tensions.
During the first ever Catholic Day at Citi Field, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn used the occasion to promote vocations to religious life. Nearly 2,000 attended the daylong festivities, which included a stadium mass, entertainment, and a Mets game.
“Racism remains the pre-eminent sin of not only our nation, but also of our church,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. “We should not tolerate monuments to people who were racists or tried to destroy our democracy. We in the United States have our own particular original sin. It is called racism.”
Christian leaders across the United States have been using Holy Week liturgies to draw attention to the social issues affecting the country. Los Angeles Archbishop Joes H. Gomez said Holy Week is meant to remind Catholics what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and how they can bring hope and possibility to an uncertain society.