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Be bold, Pope urges members of Serra International

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:25 PM

In a June 23 address to members of Serra International, Pope Francis encouraged the group to continue its work “with courage, creativity, and boldness.”

US Senate health-care bill is ‘unacceptable,’ says bishops’ spokesman

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:08 PM

Bishop Frank Dewane, who chairs the US bishops domestic-policy committee, has described a health-care reform proposal in the US Senate as “unacceptable as written.”

Illinois bishop bars Communion, funerals for same-sex married couples

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:18 PM

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has instructed his pastors that they should not administer the sacraments to Catholics who are engaged in same-sex marriages.

Patriarch to consecrate Lebanon, Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:55 AM

Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, will renew the consecration of Lebanon and the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Pope calls on priests to show apostolic zeal, denounce evil

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:46 AM

In his June 22 weekday Mass homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis outlined the traits of a priest who is a true shepherd.

Leading exorcist appeals for improved seminary formation

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:30 AM

In an address to members of the Congregation for the Clergy, the chairman of the International Association of Exorcists appealed for an improved formation of seminarians.

Community of at Sant’Egidio brokers Central African Republic accord

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 6:10 AM

The Community of Sant’Egidio announced that it has brokered a peace agreement between rival factions in the Central African Republic. Shortly after the agreement was announced, however, the cease-fire was violated in the city of Bria, leaving around 100 dead.

Federal court blocks deportation of Iraqi Christians

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:45 AM

A federal court has blocked the plan of US immigration authorities to deport nearly 200 Iraqi natives, most of them Chaldean Christians, who were seized in raids in the Detroit area.

Trump administration issues new letter on transgender students

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:10 AM

The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Education has issued an instruction stating that schools that fail to use transgender students’ “preferred names and pronouns” are committing harassment.

USCCB: prayer, solidarity following London mosque attack

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 4:41 AM

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued a statement on the Finsbury Park attack, in which a man drove a van into a crowd near a London mosque.

Church of England acknowledges cover-up of abuse by retired Anglican bishop

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:31 PM

The Church of England has acknowledged that Anglican leaders covered up evidence of sexual abuse by a disgraced bishop.

Dutch royals meet with Pontiff

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:46 PM

Pope Francis met on June 22 with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

Vatican Secretary of State: need to consider excommunication for Mafia figures

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:34 PM

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters that the Vatican must reflect on a recommendation, advanced last week by the dicastery for Integral Human Development, that Mafia members should be excommunicated.

New Melkite Patriarch receives papal welcome

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:18 PM

Pope Francis has granted a request for ecclesiastical communion from the newly elected Melkite Catholic Patriarch Youssef Absi of Antioch.

Islamic State razes historic mosque in Mosul

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:08 PM

Islamic State fighters destroyed a historic mosque in the city of Mosul, as they battled to retain control of a section of the city.

Pope recognizes ‘heroism’ of Eastern Catholic churches

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:08 PM

The Eastern Catholic churches “should be kept and preserved” through current crises, Pope Francis said in a June 22 address to the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO).

Los Angeles archdiocese cancels pro-abortion forum scheduled for cathedral plaza

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:54 AM

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has cancelled a forum that was scheduled to take place on the plaza outside the city’s cathedral, in which speakers would rally support for legal abortion.

Indonesian priests ask Vatican to intervene in conflict with bishop

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:46 AM

The 69 priests who have resigned from ministry in the Diocese of Ruteng, in Indonesia, have asked the Vatican to help resolve their dispute with Bishop Hubertus Leteng.

California court dismisses charges against makers of films exposing Planned Parenthood

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:38 AM

A California judge has dismissed 14 criminal charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose undercover videos exposed the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the sale of fetal tissues.

Kenya’s bishops warn faithful against tribalism

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:22 AM

As Kenya prepares for August 8 general elections, the nation’s bishops cautioned the faithful against tribal-based politics.