Catholic News & Commentary Category

Pope asks: what kind of soil is our heart?

Catholic News - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 01:27
Pope Francis devoted his July 13 Angelus address to the parable of the sower (Mt. 13:1-23), the Gospel reading at Mass that day. Calling the seed "the true protagonist of this parable," ...

Christians in Sudan are 'de facto illegals,' bishop reports

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:27
Christians living in Sudan are "de facto illegals," who cannot hold passports and , according to Bishop Eduard Hiiboro Kussala of Tambura-Yambio, a diocese in the newly independent country ...

Italian poverty rate has doubled since economic downturn: Catholic charity

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:14
The number of people living in poverty in Italy has doubled since 2007, according to Caritas, the Catholic charitable agency. Caritas recorded about 2.4 million people living below the ...

Priest named in multiple abuse complaints was appointed to Minneapolis marriage tribunal in 1990s

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:10
A priest in the Minneapolis-St. Paul archdiocese who had been accused multiple times of sexual misconduct was placed on the archdiocesan marriage tribunal in the 1990s, newly released ...

Young German cardinal named to head historic Cologne archdiocese

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:52
In an unusual transfer of a ranking prelate from one major metropolitan archdiocese to another, Pope Francis has named the current Archbishop of Berlin to become Archbishop of Cologne, ...

Ohio abortion clinic, specializing in late-term procedures, closed per by health regulations

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:43
A doctor specializing in late-term abortions has been ordered to shut down his clinic in Ohio because he does not meet state health regulations. Dr. Martin Haskell had sought an ...

Church child-protection policies are advancing on target, reports Vatican expert

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:39
The Catholic Church is moving ahead on schedule with plans to protection children from sexual abuse, and could now share its knowledge with other institutions, according to the head of the ...

Bishops in Philippines encourage conscientious objection to new reproductive-health law

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:34
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines are encouraging the faithful to engage in conscientious objection to oppose implementation of the country's new reproductive-health law. The ...

China, Russia lead governments guilty of destroying church properties

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:18
In a survey of government seizures and destruction of properties owned by religious groups, the Pew Forum has found that such incidents have occurred most frequently in Russia, China, and ...

Convent attacked in Bangladesh: first such violence in country

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:14
Armed men attacked a Catholic convent in Bangladesh on July 7, Aid to the Church in Need reports. The attack, by 50 to 60 men, was the first such instance of violence against a Catholic ...

Church leaders appeal to EU to safeguard 'very fragile' Christian presence in Iraq

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:54
Iraqi Christian leaders are seeking help from the European Union to avert a new civil war that would threaten the existence of the country's "very fragile" minority groups. Chaldean ...

Christian college, seeking exemption from White House order on LGBT equality, faces questions on accreditation

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:32
A Christian college in Massachusetts will face questions from the local accreditation bureau after its president sought exemption from a new White House order banning discrimination on the ...

Polish doctor fired for declining to perform abortion

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:22
A Catholic doctor in a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for his refusal to perform an abortion or refer the pregnant woman to an abortionist. Dr. Bogdan Chazan offered free ...

Pontifical Council issues statement for World Tourism Day

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:15
The Vatican has released its annual statement for World Tourism Day, with a focus on the relationship between tourism and community development. The statement, issued by the Pontifical ...

Vatican employees reassured: pensions are secure

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:14
The Council for the Economy has moved quickly to ease fears among Vatican employees about the security of their pensions. After Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat ...

Vatican council promotes 'pause for peace' at World Cup final

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:14
The Pontifical Council for Culture is promoting a "Pause for Peace" during the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13. The initiative calls for a moment of silent prayer for peace, and for ...

Missouri police stumped by disappearance of pro-life leader's wife

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:13
In Missouri, the wife of a pro-life activist has disappeared, and police are at a loss to explain. Lynn Marie Messer apparently walked away from her home during the night, taking ...

Canadian pro-life activist enjoys freedom, expects to face jail again

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:12
Catholic World Report profiles Mary Wagner, the Canadian pro-life activist who was recently released from prison after serving 22 months for entering an abortion clinic in an attempt to ...

Italian bishop bans processions to deter homage to Mafia

Catholic News - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:11
A bishop in Italy's Calabria region has banned public processions indefinitely, responding to the uproar that was roused when a procession in a neighboring town paused to honor an ...

Jesuit-school alumni press Congress to enact immigration reform

Catholic News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:21
More than 1,200 alumni of Jesuit high schools and universities have signed a petition urging the US Congress to press forward with comprehensive immigration-reform legislation. The ...
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