National & World
US extends stay for thousands of Ukrainians as war enters second year
(OSV News) — Thousands of Ukrainians who fled their nation in the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022 can now apply to extend their stay in the U.S. by one year.
‘New pro-life agenda’ sees wins in state battles to expand Medicaid coverage for new moms
(OSV News) — The pro-life movement in post-Dobbs America requires robust support for health care and social service programs to accompany parents who choose life, some clergy, legislators and advocates told OSV News — including efforts to expand Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers.
Experts see hope for pastoral inclusion of Catholics with disabilities, also lingering challenges
(OSV News) — At his home in Saginaw, Michigan, 45-year-old John Kraemer spends hours each day at his craft and vocation — building elaborate models of Catholic churches, then filling them with figures for display at various parishes.
Sr. Mimi Ballard’s ministry continues to evolve at Casa Ursulina in Chile
Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph Mimi Ballard, OSU, has been organizing fiber arts classes for 26 years at Casa Ursulina, the Ursuline ministry in Chillán, Chile. And yet she never knows when she will be called to minister in a different way to people who come to her door.
Black Americans on the road to sainthood: Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA
This month we examine the life of a 20th century contemporary saint.
Shock, despair and mourning in Aleppo amid ‘terror’ of the earthquake, local bishops say
(OSV News) — It seemed that 12 years of a bloody war should have been enough tragedy for the people of Aleppo and other Syrian cities. But in the early hours of Feb. 6, a devastating earthquake struck northwestern Syria, killing 1,500 as of 5 a.m. Eastern on Feb. 7.
Black Americans on the road to sainthood: Venerable Henriette Delille
Henriette Delille was born in 1813 in New Orleans to a French father and a “free woman of color” who were united in a “legal” common-law marriage which was typical at the time in New Orleans whereby a European man contracted with a Creole woman, pledging support and education for their children.
God ‘suffers’ when believers injure, ignore those God loves, pope says
ROME (CNS) – God suffers and grieves when those who profess to believe in him do not love the people he loves and do not work for the justice he desires, Pope Francis said.
‘SEEK23: You Are Called’ featured tributes to Pope Emeritus Benedict XIV and inspiration from ‘The Chosen’ actor Jonathan Roumie
Founded in 1998, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) continues to inspire hope for the future of the Church and confirm that zeal for Jesus is flourishing on college campuses and beyond.
Outpouring of grief, prayers as Lunar New Year massacre latest U.S. mass shooting
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (OSV News) — “With the whole family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am praying for the victims of this violence,” Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a statement following a mass shooting that left 10 people dead and at least 10 more wounded in Monterey Park, California, late Jan. 21.