Catholic News & Commentary Category

Cardinal Clancy dead at 90

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:56
Cardinal Edward Clancy, who served as Archbishop of Sydney from 1983 until 2001, died at a nursing home on August 3. The Little Sisters of the Poor cared for him for the last eight ...

French cardinal visits Iraq's persecuted Christians

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:45
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, joined by two other French bishops, made a four-day trip to Iraq to meet with some of the nation's persecuted Christians. "I will recite the Our ...

Canadian bishops' conference marks World War I anniversary

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:32
The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement commemorating the centenary of Canada's entry into the World War I. "The horrors of war should never ...

Pope commemorates St. Peter Faber's feast

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:23
Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St. Peter Faber on August 1 by inviting a group of young Jesuit priests to join him for Mass, according to a brief Vatican Radio report. In ...

Central African prelate hopeful about ceasefire

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 05:09
The Central African Republic's leading prelate has expressed cautious optimism that a recent truce between Séléka and anti-Balaka forces will lead to peace. The Islamist Séléka forces ...

Patriarch: Gaza a �factory of desperate people'

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:50
The blockade of the Gaza Strip, in force since 2007, has made the region a "factory of desperate people" and "extremists ready for anything," according to the Latin Patriarch of ...

Pope reflects on Christ feeding the multitude

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:32
During his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel from the Mass of the day (Mt. 14:13-21) and said that the passage offers "three messages": ...

Strong USCCB support for Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Catholic News - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 04:04
Three bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have offered their "strong support" for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014. The ...

Islamic-Christian sectarian violence flares in Indonesia

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:09
Religious violence flared in Ambon, the capital of the Mollucas region of Indonesia, leaving four people dead and rousing fears of a new round of sectarian fighting. Indonesian troops ...

UN finds serious violations of religious freedom in Vietnam

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:05
"Serious violations of freedom of religion or belief are a reality in Vietnam," a UN report has announced. A special rapporteur for the UN, Heiner Bielefeldt, said that he had found a ...

Questions arise about stands taken by Obama nominee to religious-freedom post

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 17:02
The man nominated by President Obama to be the US ambassador-at-large for religious freedom has taken public stands directly opposed to those of the US Catholic bishops on key ...

English archbishop foresees policy allowing Anglicans to receive Communion

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:51
An English archbishop has suggested that the Catholic Church might allow Anglicans to receive the Eucharist. Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, the co-chairman of the ...

Archbishop Nienstedt says predecessor assured him sex-abuse complaints were resolved

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 16:45
Having rejected calls for his resignation, Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis has said that he made a mistake in assuming that his predecessor had dealt properly with ...

Vatican: avoid 'excesses' in Sign of Peace during Mass

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:28
The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has asked the world's bishops to "moderate excesses" in the Sign of Peace exchanged during Mass. The Vatican said that some widespread ...

On feast day of St. Ignatius, Pope makes surprise visit to Jesuit headquarters

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:06
Pope Francis made a surprise request to join some of his fellow Jesuits for dinner on July 31, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. The Pope called Father ...

Worldwide day of prayer for peace in Iraq slated for August 6

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 15:01
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako has joined Aid to the Church in Need in calling upon all Christians to united in prayer for peace in Iraq on August 6, the feast of the ...

Paraguay: diocese defends bishop, says Cardinal Ratzinger recommended accused priest

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:52
The Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, has published an aggressive defense of the leadership of Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, claiming that a priest who had been accused of abuse in ...

Honduran cardinal calls for peace in Gaza

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 05:03
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, who serves on Pope Francis's Council of Cardinals, has called for a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel conflict. The Honduran prelate, who also serves as ...

California governor visits Mexico, meets with bishops on migration

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:50
Governor Jerry Brown of California traveled to Mexico and met with a group of bishops to discuss the plight of unaccompanied migrant children. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles ...

Report: Christians flee Syrian city as Islamic State advances

Catholic News - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:23
Christians have fled Al-Hasakah, a city of 190,000 in northeastern Syria, as forces from the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) advanced upon the area, the Assyrian International ...
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