Catholic News & Commentary Category

Dispute over beatification of Archbishop Sheen can be resolved, columnist argues

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:29
In a column for the National Catholic Register, Father Roger Landry says that the Diocese of Peoria chose to halt the proceedings toward beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: a ...

Holy See, Vietnam to continue negotiations toward diplomatic relations

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:34
Diplomats from the Holy See and Vietnam will meet in Hanoi on September 10-11 to continue negotiations towards diplomatic relations, according to a statement from the Holy See Press ...

Ukrainian bishop calls for prayer, fasting: �the Titanic is sinking'

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:22
A Latin-rite bishop who ministers in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are active, said that local Catholics are angry at the apparent indifference of Christians in other ...

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks seminary, convent

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 05:21
The Islamist militant organization Boko Haram has attacked a seminary and convent in the Diocese of Maiduguri, according to the president of the Nigerian bishops' conference. In an ...

Mideast patriarchs to gather in Washington, meet with lawmakers

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 05:06
Six Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East will gather in Washington from September 9-11 to join lawmakers at a conference on the plight of persecuted ...

Pope meets with directors of new Vatican charity

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:55
On September 4, Pope Francis met with the directors of Scholas Occurentes, a charity founded by the Pontiff in 2013. The Pope praised the directors for their assistance in organizing a ...

Vatican official: Church has underemphasized being a mother, overemphasized being a teacher

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 04:29
The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications has told a group of bishops from Bolivia and Peru that the Church's bishops, in making use of social media, should embody ...

Federal court upholds Louisiana marriage amendment

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:53
A federal district court has upheld the constitutionality of the State of Louisiana's definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman-- the first such federal court ruling since ...

Patriarch calls for UN force to liberate territory captured by Islamic State

Catholic News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:41
The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has called upon the United Nations Security Council to liberate Iraqi territory captured by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the ...

Irish bishop questions Catholic charity's grant to LGBT resource center

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:43
An Irish bishop is questioning why a Catholic charitable group donated �45,000 to establish a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender resource center. Bishop Martin Drennan asked ...

Islamic leader blames Vatican for attacks on mosques

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:39
The head of Turkey's religious-affairs department has charged that the Vatican bears responsibility for a rise in the number of attacks on mosques in Europe. Mehmet Gormez cited ...

Former Israeli leader proposes united religious effort against terrorism

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:33
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres proposed a worldwide organization uniting religious leaders against terrorist violence, during a September 4 meeting with Pope Francis. The Pope ...

Respect of 'human ecology' will foster respect for environment: Cardinal Parolin

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:22
In an address to an organization of Italian farmers, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that "human human ecology is a prerequisite for a proper environmental ecology." The Vatican Secretary ...

Admission of sin is crucial step toward Christ, Pope tells congregation

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:19
In his homily at a September 4 morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis told his congregation that recognizing one's own sinfulness is essential to spiritual ...

Dispute between dioceses stalls cause for beatification of Fulton Sheen

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:04
A dispute between the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, has blocked progress toward the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Bishop Daniel Jenky of ...

On Not Settling for Less: The Cognitive Guide to Happiness

Catholic Commentary - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:38

This essay explores the relationship between human experience, human knowing, and human happiness. It grew to some six thousand words, so I divided it into sections, with a table of contents and links to jump between contents and text. It should be easy to read at intervals, in parts.

Italian bishops defend work of anti-Mafia priest

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 06:34
The Italian Episcopal Conference has issued a statement of support for Father Luigi Ciotti, a priest who has vowed to continue his anti-Mafia activities despite a threat from a powerful ...

Patriarch blasts Iraqi government, international community for failure to help persecuted Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 04:17
The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has renewed his criticism of the Iraqi government and the international community for their failure to address the persecution of Iraq's ...

Western nations should act against Russian aggression, says nuncio in Ukraine

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:59
Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, the apostolic nuncio in Ukraine, called upon the West to act against the persecution of Christians in Iraq and Russian aggression in Ukraine. The prelate ...

Pope recalls outbreak of World War II, rues persecution of Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 03:32
At the conclusion of his September 3 general audience, Pope Francis recalled the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. He prayed for "those who lost their lives for their ...
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