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Papal preacher devotes Lenten sermon to St. Leo the Great

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 02:23
In his April 4 sermon to the Pope and the members of the Roman Curia, Father Raniero Cantalamessa preached about St. Leo the Great's contribution to Catholic teaching that Jesus Christ is ...

Vatican to host conference on human trafficking

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:32
The Vatican will host a conference on efforts to combat human trafficking, to take place at the Academy of Science on April 9 and 10. The conference, chaired by Cardinal Vincent Nichols ...

Bishop calls Bosnia-Herzegovina an 'artificial state'

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:30
A Catholic bishop has referred to Bosnia-Herzegovina as an "artificial state" and "a country to flee from if possible," the ANSA news service reports. Bishop Pero Sudar, an auxiliary of ...

Pope speaks with youth about inner peace, troubled culture

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:26
In an unscripted interview with young people from Belgium, Pope Francis said that "the poor are at the center of Jesus' Gospel." Responding to a question about his concern for the poor, ...

Minnesota law-enforcement agencies have not heard from archdiocese, radio station reports

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:10
Although the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis has said that it had offered 50 different law-enforcement agenceis an opportunity to review files of priests accused of sexual abuse, ...

Cardinal George: cancer treatment may prevent trip to Rome for Popes' canonizations

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:17
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who is under treatment for cancer, has disclosed that he may be unable to attend the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Cardinal ...

Hostility, persecution are natural for Christians, Pope says in homily

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 15:04
Christians should not be surprised when they face hostility and persecution, because that "is the way of the Lord," Pope Francis told his congregation at Mass on April 4. Reflecting on ...

Recognize gypsies as ethnic minority group, Vatican prelate suggests

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:38
Gypsies "have the right to be recognized at least as ethnic minorities in the countries where they live since they are the largest minority in the European Union," the president of the ...

Illinois bishop backs priest who refused Communion to pro-abortion lawmaker

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:33
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has given his support to a priest who refused to administer Communion to Senator Dick Durbin. After a priest of the Springfield ...

Vatican investigation focuses on Cardinal O'Brien, misconduct in Scottish archdiocese

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 14:28
The Vatican is conducting a full investigation into charges of sexual misconduct by clergy in Archdiocese of Edinburgh. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the former head of the Scottish ...

Western rationalism vs. the commitment of the whole person to God

Catholic Commentary - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:50

Not long ago a Jesuit priest posted a reflection about the Catholic approach to truth in his personal blog. I am not going to quote, and I am not going to identify the Jesuit. It was an off-the-cuff sort of reflection (always a grave risk when blogging), and I have no desire to hold him to the bizarre conclusions he expressed. But he was reflecting on the Western habit of formulating religious commitments in terms of rational principles, principles that can be debated. Apparently this was triggered by a Japanese bishop who once gently chided him for this cultural tendency to make of everything an intellectual problem.

Papal message to new Syrian Orthodox patriarch

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:32
Pope Francis has written a message to Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Karim, the new head of the Syrian Orthodox Church. "It is my prayer that Your Holiness may be a spiritual father for ...

CEO resigns following outrage over support for marriage initiative

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:58
Brendan Eich, inventor of the JavaScript computer programming language, resigned as CEO of Mozilla Corporation amid anger over his support of Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot ...

Syracuse: former parish to become mosque, crosses to be cut off

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:28
The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board has approved a request to cut the crosses off a former Catholic parish and turn the historic neo-Gothic structure into a mosque, according to an ...

South African prelate laments excessive spending by nation's president

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:04
Amid reports that President Jacob Zuma of South Africa improperly spent $23 million in public funds on improvements to his residence, the head of the regional episcopal conference said ...

Mississippi governor signs religious freedom legislation

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:40
Gov. Phil Bryant has signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which provides in some cases a legal means of redress for "a person whose religious exercise has been ...

US House commission holds hearing on religious persecution in Vietnam

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:11
The United States House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission has conducted a hearing on religious persecution in Vietnam. The bipartisan commission, once known as the ...

Pocket-sized Gospels to be distributed at Pope's Sunday Angelus address

Catholic News - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:51
Stating that the Pope's charity is "not only material, but also spiritual," the Holy See Press Office has announced that seminarians, Missionaries of Charity, and other volunteers will ...

Prayer is like talking to a friend, Pope tells congregation

Catholic News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 17:06
In his homily at a Mass on April 3, Pope Francis said that prayer should be "just like talking to a friend." Commenting on the day's Scripture reading, the Pope said that although Moses ...

Italian bishops' leader raps secessionist movement

Catholic News - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 17:00
The president of the Italian bishops' conference called for national unity and condemned violence after the arrest of 24 secessionists on terrorism and subversion charges. Italian ...
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