Catholic News & Commentary Category

Vatican clarifies: off-budget accounts were not corrupt

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:58
The "hundreds of millions of euros" in off-budget Vatican transactions discovered by the Secretariat for the Economy were not illicit expenses, the Vatican's chief spokesman told reporters ...

Women offer �unparalleled contribution' to society through family life, says Pope

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 07:06
In a message to a family festival in Riva del Garda, Italy, Pope Francis expressed concern about the nation's demographic future and emphasized his appreciation for the role of women in ...

Papal preacher devotes Advent sermon to peace as God's gift

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 06:51
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin Franciscan friar who has served as preacher to the papal household since 1980, devoted his December 5 Advent sermon to the Pope and the members of ...

Al-Azhar condemns Islamic State

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:57
Cairo-based Al-Azhar University, the world's leading Muslim institution of learning, sponsored a conference in which 700 participants condemned the activities of the Islamic State of Iraq ...

Catechism translated into Urdu

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:46
The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has approved the translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church into Urdu. Urdu is the primary language of 70 million people in ...

Court rules against Indiana diocese in IVF-dismissal case

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:36
Following a ruling from a federal appellate court, a lawsuit brought by a former teacher against an Indiana diocese will go to trial. The Diocese of Fort Wayne � South Bend did not ...

DC repeals religious schools' exemption from law on homosexuality

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 05:19
In a 13-0 vote, the Washington, DC City Council passed the Human Rights Amendment Act of 2014, which repeals an exemption for religious schools from legislation related to sexual ...

Cardinal Pell: �the days of ripping off the Vatican are over'

Catholic News - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 04:43
The Catholic Herald has published the full text of an article by Cardinal George Pell on the reform of Vatican finances. The publication of the article by the prefect of the Secretariat ...

Syriac Catholic Patriarch raps Western indifference toward displaced Iraqi Christians

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:24
The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has charged that Western governments are neglecting the Christian refugees of Iraq because they have no economic incentives to help ...

Citing required same-sex placements, Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland withdraw from adoption agency

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 17:17
The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have announced that they are severing their ties to the Family Care Society, because of the new legal requirement that the agency must place ...

Christmas tree arrives in St. Peter's Square; lighting set for December 19

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:27
A massive Christmas tree, a white fir over 80 feet tall that will be set up in St. Peter's Square, has arrived at the Vatican. A ceremonial lighting of the tree will take place on ...

Pope lauds volunteers working with the poor

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:35
Pope Francis praised the work of the Federation of Christian Organisations for International Volunteer Service (FOCSIV) during a private audience with the group's members on December ...

Pope speaks on 'hidden virtue,' repentance, and hope

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:28
Pope Francis spoke of the "hidden holiness" in the Church in his homily at daily Mass on December 4. "The proud, the vain, the �Christians in appearance' will be demolished, humbled," ...

China promises to stop harvesting organs from condemned prisoners

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:23
The Chinese government has announced that it will stop harvesting organs from the bodies of executed convicts, beginning next year. The Beijing regime, which executes more than 2,000 ...

Manila announces 5-day holiday during January papal visit

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:20
The city of Manila has announced a 5-day holiday during the visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines in January, and the national government may follow suit, the Catholic News Agency ...

US birth rate hits new all-time low

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:15
The birth rate among women in the US, which dropped significantly during the worldwide recession, continues to fall, a new study shows. The fertility rate in the US has dropped to an ...

Sri Lanka: Church leaders fear political exploitation of January papal visit

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:11
Some Christian leaders in Sri Lanka are asking Pope Francis to postpone his scheduled visit to their country in January, fearful that the Pope's presence will be exploited to promote the ...

Families are crucial to society, Holy See diplomat emphasizes at UN

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:58
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations emphasized the importance of the family to society in a December 3 statement. "The Holy See hopes that this meeting will ...

Pope meets with Mozambique's president

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:46
Pope Francis met with President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique in the Apostolic Palace on December 4. Guebuza, once a young general in the movement that ended Portuguese colonial rule in ...

Patriarch calls for warmer US-Russian relations

Catholic News - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 06:02
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church met with the US ambassador to Russia on November 28 and called for warmer US-Russian relations. "We are experiencing not the best period in the ...
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