Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 12, 2021. Also pictured in the popemobile is Cardinal Péter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called on this majority Christian nation to stop closing in on itself and to open its arms and hearts to peoples of other ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media as he arrives on the first day of the European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2021. Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Orbán Sept. 12 after celebrating the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. (CNS photo/John Thys, Reuters pool)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
In his meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pope Francis is not as likely to celebrate the Hungary-first tendencies of Mr. Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party.
In this July 5, 2021, file photo, Alex Cortillo, from Honduras, gets a hug from Erika Valladares Ponce, also from Honduras, in Tijuana, Mexico, as he waits to cross into the United States to begin the asylum process. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Joan Rosenhauer
Continuing the Trump administration’s restrictions on asylum seekers is not necessary for public health, and it undermines our long history as a place of refuge.
Politics & SocietyNews
Rhina Guidos - Catholic News Service
“The stakes of getting it wrong are too high.” Immigrant advocates are voicing disappointment with recent decisions from Biden administration.
FaithDispatches
Chloe Gunther
Over 171 faith-based and grassroots organizations across the Americas have signed a letter to bishops’ conferences advocating for humane immigration policies and for mitigating the forces compelling migration.
“Fox and Friends” co-hosts Steve Doocy, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Brian Kilmeade (Screen shot from "Fox and Friends," Fox News channel)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Kevin Clarke
Accusing Catholic Charities of having a “profit motive,” the talking heads of Fox News showed a misunderstanding of the agency’s essential role in providing social services, writes Kevin Clarke.