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News from United States & Canada covering parishes, dioceses, religious orders, community groups, homelessness, moral & political issues and pilgrims.

Prayers4Peace: From US Student Encampments

A recent graduate in the Washington DC area (who chose to remain anonymous), writes: Sitting in the grass amid quickly erected tents at my alma mater's student protest encampment, I am reminded of Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." The students at the encampment have made the decision that they are willing to sacrifice something for peace - not fo... Read More

US Bishop joins Gaza peace protest outside White House

Bishop John Stowe

Franciscan Bishop John Stowe took part in a peace demonstration outside the White House on Friday, alongside a number of Catholic religious - calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and urging US government to stop supplying Israel with weapons. After some opening prayers, music and addresses from other campaigners Bishop Stowe who leads the diocese of Lexington Kentucky and is president of Pax ... Read More

US Catholic leaders urge Biden to act for peace and justice in Holy Land

Photo by Emad El Byed on Unsplash

Cardinal Robert McElroy, Archbishop of San Diego, and Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, have joined more than 200 Catholic leaders in a letter to President Biden expressing their "grief and dismay over the horrors that have occurred in Israel/Palestine", calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, the release of hostages and an end to the shipment of weapons to Israel. They also appeal for an e... Read More

USA: Parish offers support and hope after Francis Scott Key Bridge disaster


The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, has left the city reeling with shock and grief. The tragedy has had a profound impact on the community, both emotionally and economically. As the city grapples with the aftermath, one local parish has emerged as a beacon of hope and support for those affected. Father Ako Trevor Walker, a Redemptorist missionary and pastor... Read More

USA: Clemency for Willie James Pye has been denied

Willie James Pye

Cathy Harmon-Christian, Executive Director, of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADP) writes: A few moments ago I received a one word text: Denied. It is heartbreaking that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Willie James Pye, a man who is intellectually disabled and supposed to be protected from execution by US Supreme Court law. Willie is also a Black ma... Read More

Appeal for last-minute reprieve for US prisoner facing execution

Willie Pye - Image: CMN

The US State of Georgia has suddenly announced the upcoming execution of Willie Pye, 58, a man convicted of murder 28 years ago. The date has been set for next Wednesday, 20 March. Campaigners are appealing for a last-minute reprieve. Willie's first death sentence was reversed due to his court-appointed attorney's failure to investigate his background, but it was reinstated on appeal. Mr Pye's cou... Read More

Webinar: 'Euthanasia: a warning from Canada'

Alex Schadenberg, leader of Canada's Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, is one of the world's premier opponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide. With Liam McArthur MSP planning to publish his proposed Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults (Scotland) Bill imminently - and in the wake of recent developments in Westminster, Jersey and the Isle of Man - Care Not Killing has partnered with the Arc... Read More

US Churches urge government to hold Israel accountable to US laws

On Tuesday, 12 February the United States vetoed another United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It was the third time that the US has vetoed such a resolution (Oct 18 & Dec 8) on a ceasefire, in addition to two votes against ceasefire resolutions in the UN General Assembly (Oct 24 & Dec 12). According to the United Nations, more than 2... Read More

Washington DC: Ash Wednesday launch of Lenten Ceasefire Campaign

Prayers for peace near the White House

National Christian organisations and peacemakers in the US launched a weekly Lenten Ceasefire Campaign on Ash Wednesday in Washington. Gathering near the White House in Lafayette Park, they started with a Catholic Mass, followed by an ecumenical public witness, to call attention to and in mourning for the tens of thousands of lives that have been destroyed in Gaza and Israel since 7 October 2023. ... Read More

Canada: Church marks Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

Pope Francis at Lac St Anne.  image: Vatican Media

The Catholic Church in Canada marked the annual National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Celebrating the Day, Canadian bishops asked the faithful to recall Pope Francis' six-day Pilgrimage of Penance to Canada among the Indigenous Peoples of the nation in July 2022, and in particular, his words of prayer offered at Lac Ste Anne. The Pope t... Read More

Why a record 18 LA churches are celebrating centenaries

Mike Cisneros writes in Angelus News: In 1923, a sign was placed in the hills above Los Angeles hoping to attract buyers to a new real estate development. Though the sign was only meant to be temporary, 100 years later it has become a symbol of both a bygone era and a representation of something that has endured through constantly changing times. That was the Hollywood sign. This year, many LA-a... Read More

Letter from US Christian leaders to President Biden

In a November 9, 2023 letter to President Biden, Churches from Middle East Peace (CMEP) and thirty American Christian leaders called on President Biden and his Administration to support an immediate ceasefire, de-escalation, and restraint by all involved. The text follows below. Dear President Biden: We, the heads of churches, denominations, and church-based organizations in the United States, rem... Read More

Pope removes US bishop from office

Bishop Joseph E Strickland 2013. Wiki image by Peytonlow

Pope Francis has removed Bishop Joseph E Strickland from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Tyler, USA, and has appointed Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin as apostolic administrator of the same diocese, rendering it sede vacante. The decision came after an apostolic visitation last June in the Diocese of Tyler, which was entrusted to two US bishops, Bishop Dennis Sullivan of Camden, and Bishop... Read More

Catholic pray-in at White House urges Biden to support Gaza ceasefire

This afternoon, (2.30 local time) Catholic and other Christian peacemakers held a 'pray-in' near Lafayette Park outside the White House to call on President Joe Biden, a Catholic, to abide by Jesus's way of courageous love and heed Pope Francis's plea to take the side of peace, and urge all parties to de-escalate hostilities; abide by an immediate ceasefire; and release all hostages. The groups i... Read More

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