Upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse thrills astronomers, Kentucky parishioners

WASHINGTON (CNS) – For the first time in 99 years, the summer sky will turn to night at midday Aug. 21 during a solar eclipse along a 70-mile wide path from coast to coast. Sweeping through the country's heartland, the eclipse will give millions of people the opportunity to step back from everyday concerns and appreciate how the universe works, said Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory.

Border bishop denounces hateful words, militarization of border

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Denouncing the "demonization of migrants," hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border, and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, called on Catholics to heed the church's teachings to welcome the migrant.

Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S. bishop as “an important step” in the fight to abolish modern-day slavery.