The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops urged unity in an address June 16, the first day of the prelates' three-day spring plenary assembly, held virtually because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee marked the ninth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program June 15 by urging Congress to act on creating a pathway to citizenship for its beneficiaries.
The Women's Health Protection Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House June 8 "would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion," said Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for National Right to Life.
During her first foreign trip to Latin America as U.S. vice president June 7 and 8, Kamala Harris took on a topic that has long been on the mind of the Catholic Church in the Americas: alleviating the problems that force Central Americans, in particular, to leave their homelands and take part in a perilous journey north.
Agreeing with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that Catholic leaders cannot adopt an "ostrich policy" in the face of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis still told the cardinal that he would not accept his resignation as head of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.
Pope Francis led hundreds of pilgrims and visitors in St. Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer for the Indigenous children who died in Canadian residential schools and for their grieving families.