Catholic News & Commentary Category

Ontario Catholic schools cannot require students to attend Mass, court rules

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:54
Catholic schools in Ontario cannot require students to attend Mass, the Ontario Superior Court has ruled. Catholic high schools in Ontario are at times required to accept non-Catholic ...

Islamic censors allow 'Noah' into Egypt

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:46
Muslim censors have ruled that the film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, can be shown in Egypt because it does not offend Islam. Noah has been banned from showings in Morocco, Qatar, ...

Forgiveness of sins comes only from Jesus, not from our conduct, Pope reminds congregation

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:41
"Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine," Pope Francis told his congregation at Mass on April 8. "It's not a program for life survival, or education, or ...

Cathedral rector removed following abuse allegation

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:30
The rector of the cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has been removed from ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. In 1998, Father Phillip Altavilla allegedly ...

Argentine prelate defends baptism of lesbian's child, raps media coverage

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:52
An Argentine archbishop has criticized media coverage of the baptism of a child who is being raised by lesbians. Archbishop Carlos Nanez of Cordoba said that the baptism of Umma Azul on ...

Survey finds rise in number of 'stay-at-home mothers' in America

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 14:11
The proportion of American women not working outside the home has risen sharply in the past decade, the Pew Research Center reports. The number of American women who stayed home had ...

Pope highlights importance of Synod of Bishops

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 07:02
Pope Francis has elevated Msgr. Fabio Fabene, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops since February, to the order of bishop. In a letter to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary ...

Ukrainian Catholic leader reconsecrates nation to Mary's protection

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:11
On April 6, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church renewed the consecration of Ukraine to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk did so ...

English cardinal, Anglican primate urge prayer, service on behalf of the poor

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:59
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury have launched a weeklong initiative of prayer for, and service to, the poor. "It started when we had a ...

Philippine high court upholds reproductive health law

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:44
The Supreme Court of the Philippines has upheld the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 but struck down some of the act's provisions, ...

Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:22
A Pakistani Christian couple has been sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, according to multiple media reports. Emmanuel and Shagufta Shafqat Kausar of Gojra were found guilty of ...

Supreme Court declines appeal of ruling on Christian photographer and same-sex wedding

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:57
The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a New Mexico court's ruling that it is illegal for a photography business owned by a Christian to refuse to photograph a ...

Jordan's king meets with Pope

Catholic News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 02:27
Pope Francis received King Abdullah II of Jordan in audience at the Domus Sanctae Marthae on the afternoon of April 7. The Pontiff will celebrate Mass at a stadium in Amman, Jordan's ...

New York abortion clinics rarely inspected, <i>Post</I> finds

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 17:37
Abortion clinics in New York are rarely inspected by public-health officials, the New York Post reports. Of the 25 abortion clinics listed by the public-health department, eight were ...

Teach prayer, fidelity, chastity, Pope urges bishops of Tanzania

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:05
Meeting on April 7 with a group of bishops from Tanzania who were concluding their ad limina visits to Rome, Pope Francis said that Church leaders in Africa should "foster the missionary ...

Brazilian organizers of World Youth Day receive papal thanks, encouragement

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:57
Pope Francis met on April 7 with the organizing committee for the 28th World Youth Day events held last July in Rio de Janeiro, and offered his thanks for their efforts. The Pope told ...

Abuse victims protest Milwaukee archdiocesan plan for reorganization after bankruptcy

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:51
A restructuring plan offered by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which is seeking to emerge from bankruptcy, has been condemned by a group representing sex-abuse victims as "a morally ...

Denver archdiocese defends new $6.5 million meeting center, residence for archbishop

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:27
The Archdiocese of Denver had defended plans for a $6.5 million construction project to build an archdiocesan center and a new residence for Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The Holy Trinity ...

AP reporter tells students: Pope is a 'conservative Catholic'

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:09
Speaking to a student audience on North Carolina, AP's Vatican correspondent characterized Pope Francis as "a conservative Catholic." Nicole Winfield told a crowd at Elon University ...

Priests, nun kidnapped in Cameroon; Boko Haram suspected

Catholic News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:14
Two missionary priests and a nun were kidnapped in Cameroon on April 4, and Church officials fear that they may have been abducted by forces of Boko Haram, the terrorist group operating ...
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