Global Concerns

Because of our nation’s economic, military, and cultural influence, Americans’ choices have an outsized impact on people everywhere. Catholics need to give consideration to the conditions of our brothers and sisters around the world. For instance, we are called to be faithful stewards of God’s creation. The world and its many resources are a gift to mankind from our Creator and intended for our use, but in a manner that is non-exploitative and mindful of those who are less fortunate. Materialism can manifest itself in a lack of concern for the claims of others to a share in the abundance of creation. The Church supports efforts to protect and preserve the environment in order that all people, including future generations, may enjoy the gifts we find in nature. We are also mindful of the fact that there are many in the world who do not enjoy the religious freedoms we take for granted. Their plight, and the struggle of so many for a lasting peace, demand our attention.

Vatican Spokesman Comments on Death of Osama bin Laden

May 4, 2011 | Posted in News/Updates

Father Federico Lombardi recently offered some comments on the death of Osama bin Laden, and what it means for Christians around the world. Read More >>

Protests in Egypt Capture World’s Attention

February 5, 2011 | Posted in News/Updates

The protests in Egypt are taking on more and more the appearance of a revolution.  While the world debates what form a post-Mubarak Egypt might take, that nation’s Coptic Christians have a unique perspective on events. Read More >>

Senate Approves New START Treaty

December 22, 2010 | , , | Posted in News/Updates

The US Senate approved a major new arms control treaty today by a 71-26 vote.  The treaty will limit the United States and Russia each to no more than 1,550 long-range, strategic nuclear weapons.  Deployed missile launchers will be capped at 700. Read More >>

Progress Possible on New START

December 10, 2010 | , | Posted in News/Updates

As  the 111th Congress enters its final days, it appears that ratification of the “New START” treaty between Russia and the United States may yet occur this year. Read More >>

Pope’s Comments on Contraceptives Cause Media Frenzy

November 23, 2010 | Posted in News/Updates

Excerpts from a new book in which Pope Benedict touches upon the subject of condom use as a method of disease prevention have become an international media sensation.  George Weigel addresses the controversy here. Read More >>

Church Works to Address Harm Caused by Oil Spill in Gulf

June 17, 2010 | Posted in News/Updates

The overseer of the maritime ministry of the U.S. bishops expressed solidarity with those impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and announced the creation of a network to help with the human and environmental harm caused by the disaster. Read More >>

World Leaders Gather in Washington DC at Nuclear Summit

April 14, 2010 | , | Posted in News/Updates

World leaders met in Washington for a summit hosted by President Obama on nuclear security.  Coming on the heels of an arms reduction treaty signed by the United States and Russia, the issue of nuclear weapons and nuclear security is very much a topic of discussion at this time. Read More >>