Washington, DC

Paul Ryan gives ousted Jesuit his job back

Fr Patrick Conroy, the ousted Jesuit chaplain for the US House of Representatives, has returned to his post. In a letter to the Speaker, Paul Ryan, Fr Conroy said he wished to retract his resignation. Mr Ryan, whose office had asked the priest to resign, reinstated him after the letter became public. “I have never been disciplined, nor reprimanded, nor have I ever heard a complaint about my ministry during my time as House chaplain,” the letter said. Mr Ryan said his original decision was made in what he thought was the best interests of the House, but he had decided that “a protracted fight over such an important post” would not be good for the body.


Catholics dismayed at expulsion of Hondurans

Catholic groups have condemned a decision by President Donald Trump to end temporary protected status for more than 57,000 Hondurans living in the United States.Hondurans who arrived in the United States after the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 now have until January 5, 2020, to return to their country.

Conor Walsh, the Honduras representative for Catholic Relief Services, said that returning such large numbers to a country with a “staggering unemployment rate, high rates of violence, and few available resources … could quickly become a tipping point for communities”. Sister Patricia McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, called the decision “immoral”.

San Salvador

Romero canonisation to be approved next week

The canonisation of Blessed Oscar Romero will gain final approval at a meeting of Pope Francis and cardinals on Saturday May 19, the Vatican has confirmed. Details of the canonisation are expected to be made public shortly after.

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