At its creation, the Republic of South Sudan was welcomed with enthusiastic arms. But the country has found itself embroiled in destabilizing political battles.
Feb 28-March 13, 2014
Even more regular churchgoing Catholics in Bishop Robert Lynch's diocese find church teaching on contraception no longer relevant.
We say: The arrogance and self-importance required to undertake such a project, which will cost at least $500,000, on one's own behalf is breathtaking.
NCR Today: Japan's bishops say the Vatican's Europe-centric view hampers efforts at evangelization in places where Catholics are a small minority.
Local Catholics say the church's lack of response to Bishop Robert Finn's misdemeanor conviction has caused further spiritual harm to the diocese.
For days, the desperate mother had hovered around the ward called Santa Rosa, the infectious disease wing at the huge, teeming Dos de Mayo public hospital in downtown Lima.
Finally, she saw her chance.
"A patient had just died. The woman ran through the ward, jumped on the bed and said, 'This is for my son, Sandro,' " Maryknoll Fr. Joe Fedora recalled. "She had been waiting for days."
Among the records: Abuse-related expenses cost the archdiocese more than $400,000 in the last two years and more than $6 million in the last decade.
The issue is especially pressing in Africa, where Nigeria recently adopted harsh prison terms for people in same-sex relationships.
In a letter Monday, more than 50 Catholic signatories said donor Charles Koch and his brother, David, "have a clear political and ideological agenda."
The global Catholic church is vastly divided on major issues, including gay marriage, abortion and women priests, according to a survey released by Univision.