Cross Catholic Outreach, a relief and development agency based in Florida, donated shoebox-sized containers with small toys, hygiene items or treats to children in Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Preview: Jesuit Refugee Services and Catholic sisters are working to help deported Haitians and citizens of the Dominican Republic survive at the countries' border.
Preview: A fight is underway in the Dominican Republic to preserve Loma Miranda, one of the country's most biodiverse mountains, from potential mining operations.
GSR Preview: Medicines for Humanity brings mobile health clinics to more than 20 isolated Haitian communities in the Dominican Republic each month.
The former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will stand trial next month at the Vatican with possible "international legal cooperation."
The Polish bishops' conference defended its handling of sexual abuse by clergy after a former priest was jailed in connection with the case of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former nuncio to the Dominican Republic.
"The Catholic Church is the only entity in Poland to have adopted guidelines on pedophilia," Fr. Jozef Kloch, conference spokesman, told Catholic News Service.
Two news items this week pointed to the arduousness of Pope Francis' efforts to reform the central administrative organs of the Holy See. Pope Francis and other Vatican officials met with officials from the Dominican Republic to discuss the ongoing investigation of Joseph Wesolowski, the former archbishop and nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was defrocked earlier this year on charges of sex abuse of minors.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
"There were serious problems with [Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano's] management of the diocese, the education of clergy and relations with other bishops."
Because Jozef Wesolowski is no longer an archbishop nor is he a Vatican diplomat, when his appeals are exhausted, he "might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts."