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100 descendants and counting: The remarkable story of Pat Klingbeil

Denver, Colo., Jul 20, 2017 / 05:48 pm .- When most people hear about a stereotypical “large Catholic family,” they might picture a van that seats six or eight kids. Most wouldn’t think of having so many great-grandchildren that you’ve lost count. But this is reality for Pat ...

Former US head of Opus Dei dies at 71

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 04:00 pm .- Father Arne Panula, the former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, passed away at his Washington, D.C. home on July 19, 2017 after a battle with cancer. “Father Arne had the firm belief that anything is possible, the imagination to think big, and the drive and ...

Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction

Rome, Italy, Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 pm .- A member of Pope Francis' commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500 choir boys in Germany points to a current reality in many non-western countries – and that bringing these things to light means progress for everyone. ...

David Daleiden to appeal huge contempt fine over Planned Parenthood videos

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 20, 2017 / 02:07 pm .- A federal judge has ordered over $136,000 in fines after the release of several undercover videos in a series that appeared to implicate Planned Parenthood officials and the National Abortion Federation in the illegal sale of unborn baby body ...

Supreme Court order affects thousands of refugees seeking US entry

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 12:01 pm .- Grandparents and other family members are temporarily exempt from the travel and refugee bans implemented by President Donald Trump, the US Supreme Court said Wednesday. The court also said that for the time being, a ban on entry by refugees already ...

In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2017 / 06:15 am .- Fr. Pierangelo Pietracatella and Fr. Hans-Peter Fischer are the newest members of the Roman Rota, and mark the latest in a string of appointments Pope Francis has made this summer as part of his ongoing effort to restructure the Roman Curia. Hailing from the ...

Bishops to Trump: Don't abandon young people to deportation

Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2017 / 06:01 am .- Undocumented young people brought to the U.S. by their parents contribute to American society and deserve continued protections from the Trump administration, said the U.S. Catholic bishops this week. “These young people entered the U.S. as children ...

Is the single life a vocation? Maybe we're asking the wrong question.

Denver, Colo., Jul 20, 2017 / 03:02 am .- From a young age, Catholics are taught to pray about and discern their vocations – whether they're called to marriage, to the religious life, to the priesthood, or consecrated single life. This can leave the lay single person feeling that they are in a ...

Be protagonists of change, Cardinal Sandri tells Ukrainian youth

Buchach, Ukraine, Jul 20, 2017 / 12:04 am .- At the close of his recent trip to Ukraine, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri met with youth from the troubled country, telling them not to be discouraged by the challenges they face but rather to trust in the Lord and commit to changing society for the better. ...

Florida's abortion waiting period law awaits further testimony in courts

Tallahassee, Fla., Jul 19, 2017 / 04:43 pm .- The attorney general of Florida has been given 60 days to gather evidence and testimonies in defense of a 2015 state law mandating 24-hour waiting periods for abortions. The law's constitutionality is being challenged in the courts, and it has been on ...

Charlie Gard's family allowed permanent US residency

Washington D.C., Jul 19, 2017 / 04:41 pm .- Amid the Gard family's legal battle in the U.K. to pursue experimental treatment for their infant son, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation granting them permanent residency in the states. “We just passed amendment that grants ...

Pope phones trash man who lost legs in accident

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jul 19, 2017 / 01:53 pm .- Maximiliano Acuña is a garbage collector in Buenos Aires who earlier this year was injured in a serious accident that left him without legs. On Tuesday, he was surprised to receive an unexpected phone call from Pope Francis. The Pope offered ...

Church leaders in China remain open to dialogue with Vatican

Fuzhou, China, Jul 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm .- As the Catholic Church in China journeys toward a normalized relationship with the Holy See, one priest in dialogue with Chinese bishops has seen vast improvement in openness and dialogue on the part of leaders, both in the patriotic and underground ...

Archbishop Chaput: Civilta Cattolica got American Christianity wrong

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 19, 2017 / 10:15 am .- A prominent Catholic journal’s critique of American religion and politics got quite a bit wrong, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said yesterday. Archbishop Chaput said the article was “an exercise in dumbing down and ...

Facebook restores blocked Catholic pages, citing malfunction

Denver, Colo., Jul 19, 2017 / 08:10 am .- Facebook has restored more than 25 Catholic pages in Portuguese and English that were blocked yesterday, citing a malfunction in the system. In a statement to ACI Prensa, a Facebook spokesperson said, 'The pages were reestablished. The incident was a ...

Why religious leaders might be best at fighting extremism

New York City, N.Y., Jul 19, 2017 / 06:01 am .- Religious leaders, not secularists, are often in the best position to persuade violent religious extremists towards peace, the papal nuncio to the United Nations has said in response to an effort to prevent atrocities. “The very existence of a ...

Step outside the politics and encounter immigrants, bishop implores

El Paso, Texas, Jul 19, 2017 / 03:05 am .- A U.S. bishop on the border of Mexico hopes his new pastoral letter on migration will turn the hearts of Catholics to encounter their migrant brothers and sisters in a concrete way. “It is first and foremost a reflection on the signs of the times by ...

Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

Butembo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jul 19, 2017 / 12:01 am .- Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the captives not be harmed. “Priests are men of God who devote their lives to the good of the ...

Two dozen Catholic pages blocked from Facebook without explanation

Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2017 / 05:09 pm .- In the last 24 hours more than twenty Catholic pages, some with millions of followers, have been blocked by Facebook for unknown reasons. Of the known affected pages, 21 are based in Brazil, and four are English-language pages, with administrators in the ...

Caracas archdiocese rebukes attack on voters in Venezuela referendum

Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 18, 2017 / 04:28 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has repudiated Sunday's attack on a referendum in which the vast majority of participants expressed their opposition to the constituent assembly called by President Maduro. The July 16 attack was carried out by ...

Senate committee considers Callista Gingrich nomination as Vatican ambassador

Washington D.C., Jul 18, 2017 / 03:38 pm .- Callista Gingrich, nominated by President Donald Trump as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, laid out her priorities Tuesday at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Grilled on issues such as immigration, climate change, relations ...

Report claims decades of abuse against 500 German choir boys

Regensburg, Germany, Jul 18, 2017 / 03:37 pm .- A new report claims that more students of a prestigious German choir were subjected to physical abuse than originally thought, and accuses the brother of Benedict XVI of turning a blind eye. Ulrich Weber is the lawyer commissioned to investigate ...

Father Giacomo Morandi promoted to CDF secretary

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2017 / 12:19 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Father Giacomo Morandi secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Italian priest had been a subsecretary in the dicastery since 2015. Fr. Morandi was also appointed titular Archbishop of Caere July 18; ...

Corruption trial of former Vatican hospital officials begins

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2017 / 11:48 am .- One year after Vatican City charged a priest and a laywoman in the second “Vatileaks” trial, it has begun a legal process against two laymen accused of misallocating funds from the Vatican-owned children's hospital, Bambino Gesu. The hearing, ...

Vatican commission agrees to disagree on Cardinal Stepinac

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2017 / 10:02 am .- A commission of Catholic and Orthodox leaders tasked with examining the wartime record of Bl. Aloysius Stepinac concluded their final session last week, agreeing to disagree about the Croatian cardinal’s cause for canonization. The Secretariat of the ...

Would-be bride turns cancelled reception into feast for homeless

Indianapolis, Ind., Jul 18, 2017 / 03:04 am .- Many couples spend thousands of dollars on their dream wedding. But what happens when you have to call it all off? Faced with the question that no bride or groom would ever want to answer, Sarah Cummins and Logan Araujo had to decide what to do with the ...

Satanic monument in city park a really bad idea, Minn. Catholics say

St. Paul, Minn., Jul 18, 2017 / 12:08 am .- A proposed Satanic monument in a city-run veterans’ park has drawn strong opposition from Catholics in Minnesota, who have led prayer rallies and spoken before the Belle Plaine City Council. Susie Collins was among the attendees of a rosary rally in ...

What Civilta Cattolica's analysis of US Christianity missed

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2017 / 04:44 pm .- An analysis piece in La Civilta Cattolica alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and Evangelical Fundamentalists is seriously flawed in its presentation of religion in public life, experts said. Speaking about the article, which ...

In strongly Catholic Philippines, bishops' conference picks new leader

Manila, Philippines, Jul 17, 2017 / 04:23 pm .- The Philippines is one of the most populous Catholic countries in the world. About 80 percent of the country's 100 million people belong to the faith. Now, the country's Catholic bishops' conference has elected a new president: Archbishop Romulo ...

Shots fired at people voting outside church in Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela, Jul 17, 2017 / 01:53 pm .- Armed civilians who support the Venezuelan regime opened fire against a large crowd of protestors who were participating in a symbolic referendum in Caracas on Sunday. The incident forced hundreds to seek refuge inside Our Lady of Mount Carmel church ...

Cardinal Simoni to consecrate church of Mother Teresa in Balkans

Prizren, Serbia, Jul 17, 2017 / 11:52 am .- Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Cardinal Ernest Simoni to be his delegate at the consecration of a cathedral dedicated to St. Teresa of Calcutta in Pristina, the capital of the self-declared state of Kosovo. The consecration will take place Sept. 5, ...

Kids in a time of climate change – what's a Catholic to do?

Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2017 / 04:31 am .- Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child. She wanted a big family, but he’s a philosopher who studies climate change with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. One child of their own was all the world ...

In new school, Byzantine spirituality meets Montessori method

Denver, Colo., Jul 16, 2017 / 04:01 pm .- With the goal of encountering children on a more personal level to meet their academic and spiritual needs, a Montessori school influenced by the Byzantine Catholic tradition is opening in Denver, Colorado. Pauline Meert, who co-founded Sophia Montessori ...

Benedict XVI: Cardinal Meisner died a 'cheerful' man

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2017 / 09:16 am .- In a letter sent for the funeral of the late Cardinal Joachim Meisner, retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the prelate as a passionate pastor, who died a happy man at peace with the Lord and his will for the universal Church. “What particularly impressed ...

As US hits refugee cap, bishops ask Trump administration to do more

Washington D.C., Jul 16, 2017 / 06:01 am .- With the United States government’s cap on refugees having been reached for the year, the nation's bishops have issued a plea to the Trump administration to increase the limit in a time of a global refugee crisis. “Now, these vulnerable ...

Jesus not only sows the seed, he'll pull the thorns, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2017 / 05:58 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis said that in the parable of the seed and the sower Jesus invites us to reclaim the ‘soil’ of our hearts by bringing to him, in prayer and Confession, the stones and thorns in need of healing. 'Jesus invites us today to look ...

Holy Homebrew: Catholic priest wins brewing's highest honor

Fort Worth, Texas, Jul 15, 2017 / 04:02 pm .- Long blessed by Catholics as a “healthful drink for mankind,” one Texas priest has managed to take beer to new heights – winning the highest award in the United States for home-brewed beverages. “It’s surreal,” Fr. ...

Chile hopes Pope Francis' visit will bring a 'revolution of tenderness'

Rome, Italy, Jul 15, 2017 / 06:04 am .- The head of communications for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Chile said the country is in a period of social unrest, but the country has hope his trip will help them to rebuild on a foundation of love and tenderness. “We are really expecting that ...

Black Catholic congress emphasizes unity, action

Orlando, Fla., Jul 14, 2017 / 02:41 pm .- More than 2,000 participants from across the country gathered in Orlando, Fla. last week for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress, exploring themes of racism and reconciliation, and hearing speakers who stressed the importance of being active to work ...

Have you heard of Venerable 'Mama Bosco'?

Turin, Italy, Jul 14, 2017 / 11:21 am .- While St. John Bosco is a beloved saint among Catholics, many do not know that his mother, Margaret Bosco, was declared Venerable in 2006 and has an advancing cause towards beatification. Margaret Occhiena was born in a small town in Italy in 1788 to a large ...

US neurology expert will visit UK to examine Charlie Gard

London, England, Jul 14, 2017 / 09:25 am .- The American doctor whose experimental treatment has been sought by the parents of Charlie Gard will travel to London on Monday, after a judge ruled that he could examine the baby and confer with the UK doctors. On Friday, the specialist in mitochondrial ...

Pope: Caring for creation means caring for your brother and sister

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2017 / 07:06 am .- Pope Francis on Friday sent a message to an international congress on care for our common home in the context of large cities, reminding participants that caring for the environment ultimately means having responsibility for our fellow man. “We see an ...

Court sides with NY archdiocese in major religious liberty decision

New York City, N.Y., Jul 14, 2017 / 05:00 pm .- A federal court ruled Friday that the Archdiocese of New York had the right not to hire a diocesan school principal in a First Amendment religious freedom decision. “The court saw right through this blatantly anti-Catholic lawsuit, agreeing with ...

Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jul 14, 2017 / 04:38 pm .- The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines for how they can welcome and care for the spiritual needs of ...

Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

Yakima, Wash., Jul 14, 2017 / 04:32 pm .- Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony. “If the ...

Pope: Caring for creation means caring for your brother and sister

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2017 / 07:06 am .- Pope Francis Friday sent a message to an international congress on care for our common home in the context of large cities, reminding participants that caring for the environment ultimately means having responsibility for our fellow man. “We see an ...

Mexican prison massacre may have 'Saint Death' ties

Mexico City, Mexico, Jul 14, 2017 / 06:01 am .- The recent massacre of over two dozen prisoners in a central penitentiary in the state of Guerrero, Mexico may have been part of a ritual of the Santa Muerte cult. On July 6, in what was thought to be a quarrel between inmates or an attempted riot, 28 ...

New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

Turin, Italy, Jul 14, 2017 / 02:30 am .- New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have ...

Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions

Rome, Italy, Jul 14, 2017 / 12:08 am .- Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation's ambassador to the Holy See has said that they are eager to rebuild the city and have people return home, but it will require help to do so. “We reiterate ...

Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

Washington D.C., Jul 13, 2017 / 04:40 pm .- An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S. bishop as “an important step” in the fight to abolish modern-day slavery. Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. ...