Catholic News & Commentary Category

Catholic charity aids suffering civilians in Gaza

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 15:50
Caritas Jerusalem, the Catholic relief agency, is working to provide aid to civilians in Gaza who have suffered from Israeli air strikes in retaliation after Hamas rocket attacks. ...

Senate bill curtailing religious freedom fails in procedural vote

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:59
In a procedural vote, the United States Senate decided not to consider the "Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014," a bill that would curtail religious freedom in ...

Vatican prelate: family life threatened in Africa

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:47
The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family has traveled to the Congo Republic, where he addressed the members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa and ...

New Burundi law would restrict small denominations

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:24
The lower house of Burundi's parliament has unanimously passed a bill that would deny legal recognition to churches that have fewer than 500 members or do not worship in a building. The ...

Chaldean patriarch urges Iraq's parliament to elect new national leaders

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 06:06
The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has urged the members of the Iraqi parliament to set aside their differences and ...

Nigerian prelate prods government on kidnapped schoolgirls

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:23
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria has called upon the nation's government to make the release of 200 kidnapped schoolgirls an urgent priority, according to the ...

Priests kidnapped in Ukraine

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 05:11
Two Catholic priests have been kidnapped by separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Religious Information Service for Ukraine (RISU) has reported. Father Tikhon Kulbaka, a priest of the ...

Vatican official calls for greater commitment to sustainable energy

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:52
The Holy See supports the goal of sustainable energy for all, and achieving this goal requires a "radical paradigm shift," the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace ...

ISIL removes cross from Mosul cathedral

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 04:10
The jihadist militant group that controls approximately 40% of Iraq and 30% of Syria has removed the cross from the dome of the Syriac Orthodox cathedral in Mosul, according to a report ...

�No longer a holy land,' says Jerusalem patriarch

Catholic News - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 03:56
The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem has again lamented the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, describing the region as "no longer a holy land" and the situation as "no ...

Coptic Church will not endorse Egyptian political candidates, patriarch stresses

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:44
Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has warned clerics to avoid partisan political involvements as Egypt faces new elections later this year, the Fides news service reports. The ...

Croatian parliament gives same-sex unions same benefits as marriage

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:41
Croatia's parliament has approved legislation that would extend to same-sex unions the same legal rights as those of marriage, except the right to adopt children. The new law, which ...

CCHD cuts support for Oregon group over stand on same-sex marriage

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:32
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has cut off funding for an Oregon group working with immigrants, because of the group's public support for same-sex marriage. The CCHD ...

UN committee demands change in Irish abortion law

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:24
The UN's Committee on Human Rights has condemned Ireland's ban on abortion as "unacceptable cruelty," and demanded liberalization of the law. Following testimony by several pro-abortion ...

Russian Patriarch will not attend annual celebration in Ukraine

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 16:12
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will not travel to Ukraine for the annual celebration of the anniversary of the Baptism of the Rus, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow patriarchate has ...

New charges of lax handling of abuse complaints in Minnesota archdiocese

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:45
In a lengthy and detailed affidavit, a former official of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese has testified that Church leaders took a "cavalier attitude" toward sex-abuse ...

Sri Lankan Catholics foresee organized Buddhist opposition to papal visit

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:34
A Catholic organization in Sri Lanka has charged that Buddhist leaders are planning to rally public opposition to the visit by Pope Francis to that country next January. The lay group ...

Disgraced Scottish cardinal found living in English village near Scottish border

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 15:26
Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned in disgrace in 2012 after admitting to sexual misconduct, is now living in a home purchased by the Edinburgh archdiocese in Northumberland, ...

Quebec: abuse victims win class-action suit against Redemptorist order

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:22
The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that the Redemptorist order must pay between $75,000 and $150,000 to each seminarian who was a victim of clerical sexual abuse at St.-Alphonse Seminary ...

Report: ISIL orders no food aid for Christians in Mosul

Catholic News - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:07
The Sunni jihadist group that controls much of Iraq and Syria has ordered that no food aid be distributed to Christians in Mosul, according to a Fides news agency report. The ban also ...
Syndicate content