Catholic News & Commentary Category

New study shows mass exodus from Catholic Church in Latin America

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:17
While 84% of the people in Latin America say that they were raised as Catholics, only 69% identify themselves as Catholics today. Protestant denominations in the region have grown ...

Extremists must be isolated to ease Israeli-Palestinian problem, says Italian cardinal

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 14:24
After a visit to the Holy Land, the president of the Italian bishops' conference told Aid to the Church in Need that the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies in "creating an ...

Russian Orthodox official: West is indifferent to plight of Syrian, Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:04
An official of the Moscow Patriarchate said that "many people who are in power in modern world politics" are "indifferent" to the plight of persecuted Christians in Syria and ...

Indonesia: Islamists thwart celebration of Mass

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 06:55
Members of Islamist groups threatened to burn down a parish in West Java if Catholics celebrated Mass there on November 9. As a precaution, the priest removed sacred vessels from the ...

Call White House about deportation of immigrants, urges US bishops' initiative

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:41
Justice for Immigrants, a campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging Catholics to call the White House and "leave this simple message: protect as many ...

National Cathedral to host Muslim prayer service

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:28
For the first time, the Episcopal Church's National Cathedral in Washington will host a Muslim prayer service. The midday Friday prayer service on November 14 is cosponsored by five ...

Iran's Christian population soars; Bible translated into Farsi

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:12
For the first time, the Bible has been translated into Farsi (modern Persian), the official language of Iran and Afghanistan. The translation, which took 18 years, was undertaken by ...

Cardinal Pell's successor installed in Sydney

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:50
Bishop Anthony Fisher, a Dominican often described as a protégé of Cardinal George Pell, was installed as the Archbishop of Sydney on November 12. "My hope is for a Church in which the ...

Pakistan returns school to Church

Catholic News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 04:32
The Pakistani government has returned a Catholic school to the Archdiocese of Lahore. In 1972, the socialist regime of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto nationalized Christian schools and hospitals, ...

Egypt's tourism office promotes Christian pilgrimages to sites of Holy Family's flight

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:20
Egyptian government officials are encouraging Christians from abroad to consider pilgrimages to the sites traditionally associated with the flight into Egypt by the Holy Family. The ...

Minnesota archdiocese faces steep budget cuts

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:12
The Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, has announced plans for a 20% cut in its annual budget, after reaching a costly financial settlement with sex-abuse victims. The ...

Cardinal George puzzled about Pope's plans

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:10
Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, admitted that he has been confused by the actions of Pope Francis, in an interview with the New York Times. Cardinal George ...

Maryland county schools drop religious holidays from calendar

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:06
Public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, will strip all references to religious holy days from the schools' annual calendars, as the result of a 7-1 vote by the county's education ...

European bishops recall WWI dead, vow recovery of Europe's spiritual heritage

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:03
After a pilgrimage to Verdun to commemorate the deaths of World War I, the Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has issued a statement affirming "our ...

Pope expresses �deep spiritual closeness' to persecuted Christians

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:56
At the conclusion of his November 12 general audience, Pope Francis expressed his "deep spiritual closeness to Christian communities that are harshly persecuted with an absurd violence ...

Pope Francis encourages clergy to be kind, humble

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 06:47
Pope Francis devoted his November 12 general audience to the qualities of bishops, priests, and deacons discussed by St. Paul in his Letters to Saints Timothy and Titus. According to ...

Archbishop Forte loses election for Italian bishops' position

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:52
By a vote of 140-60, Bishop Mario Meini of Fiesole has defeated Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto in an election for the vice presidency of the Italian Episcopal Conference, according ...

Ireland reopens Vatican embassy

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:42
Pope Francis on November 11 received Ireland's new ambassador to the Holy See, ending a three-year hiatus in which the ambassador was based in Ireland. In November 2011 the Irish ...

NY farm owners pay fine for saying no to lesbian wedding

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:29
The owners of an Albany-area farm and wedding venue have paid a $13,000 fine levied by the state's Division of Human Rights after they declined to host a lesbian wedding. Robert and ...

Bishop encourages president to act on immigration reform

Catholic News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 05:13
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson encouraged President Barack Obama to take executive action on immigration reform. "The preference would be to have a bipartisan solution, and a ...
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