Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service

Responding to editors' requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a commentary titled: "Astronauts found God in space" which was posted July 9 on the website of The B.C. Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia. It was written by the editor, Paul Schratz.

MANILA, Philippines -- Catholic bishops in the Philippines criticized "the continuing destruction of our common home" and called for "ecological conversion" amid "climate emergency."

WASHINGTON -- Forty years after his first pilgrimage to Poland, a film and book has been released exploring St. John Paul II’s alliance with “deep spiritual bond” with U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

VATICAN CITY -- The Holy See has waived the diplomatic immunity of a Vatican diplomat who has been under investigation by authorities in Paris for allegedly sexually assaulting a city official.

CINCINNATI -- A federal judge July 3 granted a preliminary injunction blocking an Ohio ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

WASHINGTON -- In his "Salute to America" speech July 4 at the Lincoln Memorial, President Donald Trump praised the work and dedication of a woman religious and the Catholic man who was the flight director of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Vatican July 4, and the two discussed the ongoing wars in Eastern Ukraine and in Syria, the Vatican said. Russia plays a major role in both conflicts.

SEATTLE -- Washington's bishops have issued a call for "comprehensive immigration reform that honors the dignity of those seeking a better life in the United States, while also addressing the legitimate need for safe and secure borders."

PEORIA, Ill. -- Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky announced June 27 that the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen were being transferred to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

AGBOVILLE, Ivory Coast -- Bishops in the Ivory Coast have warned of a new civil war in the run-up to 2020 elections, unless urgent action is taken to ease communal tensions and withdraw weapons in West African state.