National / International News

National / International News

Texas parish thrilled to have pope as surprise guest at ABC town hall

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) -- At Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, members of the community, most of them volunteers at a respite center for immigrants at Sacred Heart parish hall, were invited to a special event by ABC News, but were not informed in advance of just how special that event would be.

Pope begs governments to act to stop anti-Christian persecution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "Do something to put a stop to the violence and oppression," Pope Francis asked the international community after calling attention once again to the fate of persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East.

Pope holds 'virtual town hall' with ABC and Catholics in 3 cities

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis held a "virtual town hall" with Catholics in Chicago, Los Angeles, and McAllen, Texas, in advance of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. The town hall was arranged by ABC News, which was to air portions of the meeting during its "World News Tonight" program Aug. 31, with an hour-long version of its "20/20" newsmagazine program called "Pope Francis & the People" airing 10-11 p.m. EDT Sept. 4.