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HHS delays enforcement of Title X Protect Life Rule

Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2019 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly delayed enforcement of the new Protect Life Rule, which bars public money from..
CNA - Published

US bishops calls report of shutting down refugee program 'disturbing'

Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2019 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- If reports of major cuts to the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum programs are true they are alarming, the chair of the US bishops' migration..
CNA - Published

Car crash reveals Santa Rosa priest embezzled $95,000

Santa Rosa, Calif., Jul 22, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- When EMTs rushed to the scene of a Santa Rosa car accident June 19, they found Fr. Oscar Diaz, a local pastor, stuck in the car with a broken hip and..
CNA - Published

Catholic Church in Germany lost 200,000 members last year

Berlin, Germany, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:55 am (CNA).- Continuing a years-long trend, the Catholic Church in Germany saw a significant drop in membership this past year, losing more than 200,000 members in..
CNA - Published Also reported by •Catholic Culture

Church in Puerto Rico to hold 24 hour prayer encounter amid protests

San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:40 am (CNA).- The Puerto Rican bishops' conference announced Saturday it will hold a 24-hour prayer encounter this weekend, in the face of the territory's..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis petitions Assad to protect weak and defenseless in Syria

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2019 / 04:52 am (CNA).- Pope Francis, with concern for the humanitarian crisis in bombarded Idlib, has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to safeguard the weak and..
CNA - Published

Greek Orthodox official: 'Billions of dollars' needed to restore Syria's holy places (CNS)

Archimandrite Alexi Chehadeh made his remarks at a conference in Washington.
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope prays that Africa's bishops may 'be strengthened in missionary discipleship' (Vatican Press Office)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, sent a message to the president of SECAM (the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) as the body celebrates its 50th..
Catholic Culture - Published

British bishop weighs in as Tafida Raqeeb faces prospect of death by starvation, dehydration (Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)

Doctors at the Royal London Hospital informed the five-year-old girl’s parents that it is in the child’s “best interests” to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration; the parents want her to..
Catholic Culture - Published

Priests from Kerala call off protest against cardinal following talks with bishops (Press Trust of India)

A majority of local priests in the southwestern Indian state (map) oppose the Pope’s decision to restore Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, to his full..
Catholic Culture - Published

Philippine police file sedition charges against 4 bishops who criticized nation's president (AP)

Police also filed sedition charges against four senators and the nation’s vice president. Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, described the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Leading Russian Orthodox official says concept of Moscow as the 'third Rome' is outdated (Interfax)

Following the fall of Constantinople (sometimes called the “Second Rome”) to the Turks in 1453, some Russian writers began to refer to Moscow as the “Third Rome.”
Catholic Culture - Published

UN, Vatican team up at Nairobi youth conference on environment (UN Environment Programme)

The conference (“Laudato Si’ Generation: Young People Caring for Our Common Home”) was named in honor of Pope Francis’s second encyclical letter. “The world needs more of your prophetic..
Catholic Culture - Published

Orlandi case: New probe begins into ossuaries inside Vatican City (Vatican News)

Emanuela Orlandi, 15, disappeared in 1983; she was a citizen of Vatican City State. On July 11, investigators who excavated two tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery, inside the Vatican, found no human..
Catholic Culture - Published

Nicaraguan faithful defend their bishop from ambush (Vatican News)

Bishop Rolando José Álvarez Lagos of Matagalpa (map) was traveling to Terrabona, a town of 1,900 in central Nicaragua.
Catholic Culture - Published

Caritas renews appeal for cyclone victims in Mozambique (Caritas Internationalis)

Caritas Internationalis is the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies. In March, Cyclone Idai killed more than 1,200 people in Mozambique and other nations, causing $2 billion in..
Catholic Culture - Published

'Apostolate of prevention' needed to protect minors from sexual abuse, Pope says in message (Vatican News)

Pope Francis addressed his Spanish-language message (video) to participants in a conference at the Pontifical University of Mexico.
Catholic Culture - Published

Combine contemplation and action, Pope advises pilgrims (Zenit)

During his July 21 Sunday Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Luke 10:38-42, the Gospel reading of the day. The Pope concluded, “May Mary Most Holy, Mother of the Church, give us the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Prelate laments possible elimination of US refugee resettlement program (USCCB)

“The world is in the midst of the greatest humanitarian displacement crisis in almost a century,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Migration. “I..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope recalls 50th anniversary of moon landing (Zenit)

“50 years ago yesterday, man set foot on the moon, realizing an extraordinary dream,” Pope Francis said following his July 21 Angelus address. “May the memory of that great step trigger the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Argentine priest says Benedict XVI wanted Cdl Bergoglio as Secretary of State (Crux)

Pope Benedict XVI asked Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to become his Secretary of State, but the future Pontiff declined the offer, according to a priest who know Cardinal Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. Father..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope pleads for peace in message to Syria's Assad (Vatican News)

Pope Francis has sent a personal message to Syria’s President Hafez al-Assad, urging an end to violence and resumption of negotiations to end the country’s bloodshed. “What is happening is..
Catholic Culture - Published

Bishops decry intimidation of Christians in Israel (Fides)

The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land have issued a statement denouncing the actions of Jewish extremists who have targeted Christians. Recent incidents in Galilee and in Jerusalem prompted the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Moon landing should inspire 'even greater goals,' Pope Francis urges

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2019 / 06:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, encouraging Catholics to look to that great event for inspiration to overcome..
CNA - Published

The hunt for the remains of the first Filipino-born bishop

Rome, Italy, Jul 20, 2019 / 04:36 pm (CNA).- A little over 100 years ago, the Catholic Church’s first Filipino-born bishop died while on a visit to Rome. Now, a group of Filipino priests are on the..
CNA - Published

Fla. McDonald's sued for denying employment to Hasidic Jew because of his beard

Orlando, Fla., Jul 20, 2019 / 06:01 am (CNA).- An Orlando-area McDonald’s is being sued for denying employment to a man on account of his beard. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which..
CNA - Published

Lord Alton: Abortion law imposed on N Ireland by UK Parliament

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2019 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The British Parliament is imposing its will on the citizens of Northern Ireland by passing legislation decriminalizing abortion there, one Catholic..
CNA - Published

Illinois to fund abortion clinics after Title X Protect Life Rule

Springfield, Ill., Jul 19, 2019 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Illinois will provide state funding to abortion clinics and clinics that refer for abortions in the light of new changes to Title X rules, Gov. J.B...
CNA - Published

Michigan considers two pro-life ballot initiatives

Lansing, Mich., Jul 19, 2019 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- The Michigan Catholic Conference is urging state residents to support a petition drive for a ballot initiative to ban dilation and evacuation abortions,..
CNA - Published

Vatican announces new restrictions on disgraced Bishop Bransfield

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 19, 2019 / 01:57 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston, will no longer be allowed to participate in public Masses or live within his former..
CNA - Published

English bishop: Let's be cautious responding to comatose girl's situation

London, England, Jul 19, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- The English and Welsh bishops' representative on life issues urged Thursday that the public be reserved in judgement on the case of Tafida Raqeeb, a..
CNA - Published

South Asia floods: 'Everything is coming to a complete standstill'

Patna, India, Jul 19, 2019 / 10:44 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services is working with local partners to provide aid amid severe flooding and landslides in parts of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, the..
CNA - Published

'Antiabortion movement begins to crack, after decades of unity' (Wall Street Journal)

The article contrasts the approaches of those who “have largely hewed to a legal strategy to pass laws adding incremental limitations” and those who seek “to challenge Roe v. Wade directly with..
Catholic Culture - Published

As foreign ministers discuss religious freedom, some nations express concern about China, Iran, Myanmar (US Department of State)

The US State Department’s 2nd Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom has brought together 1,000 foreign ministers, religious leaders, and other participants from 115 nations.
Catholic Culture - Published

Peruvian cardinal says synod highlights Amazon region's importance, vulnerability (La Civiltà Cattolica)

“Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which will take place October 6-27.
Catholic Culture - Published

Minnesota diocese avoids bankruptcy, reaches $5M settlement with 15 abuse survivors (Valley News Live)

“Because of this settlement, the Diocese of Crookston can avoid filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,” Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston wrote in a letter to the faithful after he..
Catholic Culture - Published

Immigration stranglehold causing inhumane consequences, Pennsylvania bishop says (The Catholic Accent)

“I sometimes wonder what the Diocese of Greensburg would look like today if the doors had been locked to impoverished and persecuted immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th..
Catholic Culture - Published

7 bishops lend support as 70 Catholics arrested protesting detention of migrant children (Huffington Post)

Seven bishops issued statements praising the Catholic Day of Action for Immigrant Children, during which priests, religious sisters, and lay advocates were arrested in the US Capitol and charged with..
Catholic Culture - Published

Vice President Pence raps Venezuela, Nicaragua for moves against Church (Crux)

Catholic Culture - Published

Nuns in Eritrea struggle with impact of evictions, hospital closings (Global Sisters Report)

The East African nation of 6 million (map) has been a repressive one-party state since it gained independence in 1993. Although Catholics have freedom of worship, the government shut down Catholic..
Catholic Culture - Published

Vatican takes disciplinary action against Bishop Bransfield (Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston)

After an investigation of “sexual harassment of adults and of financial improprieties” by Bishop Michael Bransfield, Pope Francis has ruled that the retired bishop may not live within the Diocese..
Catholic Culture - Published

German bishops' agencies push agenda for Amazon Synod (National Catholic Register)

The heads of two German Catholic relief agencies, having been involved in preparations for the Amazon Synod, have voiced their expectation that the Synod meeting will produce “a profound change in..
Catholic Culture - Published

British Parliament votes to legalize abortion, same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland (CNA)

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have voiced their regret at the move by the British parliament to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. The measures were attached to an..
Catholic Culture - Published

Jesuit House chaplain prays, 'I now cast out all spirits of darkness from this chamber' (CSPAN)

Father Pat Conroy, SJ, was appointed chaplain of the US House of Representatives in 2011.
Catholic Culture - Published

Syriac Christians call on US Army to stop possible Turkish invasion in northeast Syria (Kurdistan 24)

“Turkey has been amassing troops at Ras al-Ayn, where there is no U.S. military presence,” a Syriac Christian political leader said. “If Turkish forces come in, the expectation is that they will..
Catholic Culture - Published

Mexican bishop considers life sentence for 'El Chapo' to be just (CNA)

A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced the drug kingpin to life in prison. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador called the sentence “inhumane.”
Catholic Culture - Published Also reported by •CNA

Vatican distances itself from nuncio's comments opposing Franco exhumation (Vatican News)

During his last days as apostolic nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, 75, criticized the Spanish government’s decision to exhume the body of Francisco Franco (Encyclopedia Britannica article)..
Catholic Culture - Published

Congolese Church leaders urge international help to contain Ebola (CNS)

On July 17, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Catholic Culture - Published

Japan's bishops apologize for their silence when government segregated those with leprosy (Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan)

For several decades after a cure was found, the Japanese government continued to segregate—and in some cases, forcibly sterilize—those affected by Hansen’s disease (leprosy). A court recently..
Catholic Culture - Published

Planned Parenthood eschews federal funding to continue abortion referrals

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2019 / 12:31 am (CNA).- As a new regulation takes effect, barring Title X recipients from making abortion referrals, Planned Parenthood has reportedly decided to forego the..
CNA - Published

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