International News

With passage in House, Philippines poised to reinstate death penalty

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Simone Orendain, Catholic News Service
The Philippines stands poised to reinstate the death penalty after it was put on hold 11 years ago. The church in the Philippines, which has grown more vocal in recent months, continues to oppose the measure that passed the Philippine House on the third and final reading on 7 March and is widely expected to move quickly through the Senate. This latest version specifically targets drug crimes.

Former Vatican ambassador: Border walls reflect inhumane indifference

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Miguel Díaz, America Magazine
On his first trip outside of Rome, in 2013, Pope Francis travelled to Lampedusa, the island off the coast of southern Italy where African migrants and refugees, many of them Muslims, first enter Europe. There the pope evoked a central theme within the Judeo-Christian story, the practice of hospitality and welcoming God in the presence of strangers (Heb 13:2).