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Religions in Jerusalem must live in peace, Pope says

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2017 / 04:26 am .- Meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem on Monday, Pope Francis said that the different religions in Jerusalem must live together in peace, preserving dignity and rights so that suffering and violence can end. “The Holy City, whose Status ...

Why your 'sexy nun' costume isn't funny

Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2017 / 03:53 am .- In 2015, the president of the University of Louisville issued an official apology, after a photo depicting him dressed in Mexican stereotypes for Halloween was criticized as insensitive and derogatory. “I want to personally apologize for the recent ...

Can the Beatitudes inspire great cinema? These filmmakers think so.

Dallas, Texas, Oct 22, 2017 / 04:12 pm .- Cinematic reflections on the Eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount will be the focus of a movie project that hopes to tap the power of beauty. “God works through beauty, and beauty is the most direct way to impact a person’s heart and ...

Pope offers clarifications on new process for liturgical translations

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2017 / 12:43 pm .- In a letter responding to questions raised by Cardinal Robert Sarah on the new process of translating liturgical texts from Latin into vernacular languages, Pope Francis offered several points of clarification. The Pope discussed points regarding the approval ...

Pope Francis: Putting God first doesn't mean avoiding reality

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2017 / 05:18 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of both fulfilling our earthly duties and making God a priority, stressing that the two are never in opposition, but are complementary, with the primacy of God giving direction to our daily activities. ...

Venezuelan bishops denounce pro-government bias in elections

Caracas, Venezuela, Oct 22, 2017 / 06:02 am .- The Venezuelan bishops' conference has criticized bias by the National Electoral Council in favor of the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro during last Sunday's regional elections. The regime took 18 out of 23 disputed governorships, amid ...

Pope Francis: putting God first doesn't mean avoiding reality

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2017 / 05:18 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis spoke on the importance of both fulfilling our earthly duties and making God a priority, stressing that the two are never in opposition, but are complementary, with the primacy of God giving direction to our daily activities. “The ...

Missionary work begins with everyone, cardinal says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2017 / 04:05 pm .- In a press conference ahead of World Mission Day, Cardinal Fernando Filoni stressed the importance of missionary work, saying that it is a necessary aspect of the Christian faith, and that it must begin with each of us. “In the Christian faith there is ...

Pope slams 'eugenic' mentality that seeks to eliminate disability

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2017 / 04:47 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled, saying the Church must be a place of acceptance and welcome for all who are vulnerable. While great ...

Pope slams 'eugenic' mentality that seeks to eliminate disability

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2017 / 04:47 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled, saying the Church must be a place of acceptance and welcome for all who are vulnerable. While great ...

Defining our values: What Catholics can take from Bush's speech

New York City, N.Y., Oct 20, 2017 / 04:01 pm .- In a rare political speech on Thursday, former president George W. Bush had blunt words for America: Remember your identity or lose your freedom. Bush spoke Oct. 19 at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event at the Lincoln ...

Don't sacrifice justice and family for efficiency, Pope tells business leaders

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2017 / 02:43 pm .- Pope Francis met Friday with leaders in business and civil society, telling them not to get carried away by wealth and the demands of the global market, but rather to promote justice by eliminating the root causes of inequality. “We must ask the market ...

Catholic leaders lament assassination of Maltese journalist

Valletta, Malta, Oct 20, 2017 / 11:29 am .- Both Pope Francis and the bishop of the local Church have expressed their sorrow over the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who died in a car bomb attack on Monday. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta condemned her murder, ...

Australian state's lower house passes assisted suicide bill

Melbourne, Australia, Oct 20, 2017 / 10:31 am .- A bill to legalize assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia was passed by Victoria's Legislative Assembly on Friday after 26 hours of debate. The bill will now advance to the upper house of the Australian state's parliament, the Legislative Council, ...

Georgetown pro-marriage group faces sanctions after students complain

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2017 / 09:53 am .- A pro-marriage student group at Georgetown University is in danger of being defunded and barred from campus facilities, after fellow students have petitioned that it be recognized as a “hate group.” The Hoya, Georgetown’s student ...

Catechesis must encounter the disabled with love, archbishop says

Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2017 / 02:01 am .- The Church must learn “how to encounter disabled people today, how to allow them to have an encounter with Christ in the silence of their own interior and in the signs that indicate his presence in brothers; how to foster their commitment to witness and ...

Burma's cardinal: 'The Pope will come to heal the wounds of the country'

Yangon, Burma, Oct 20, 2017 / 06:01 am .- Pope Francis’ trip to Burma will help heal the wounds of his country, especially for minorities under attack, the nation's sole cardinal maintains. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon is the first Burmese cardinal in the history of the Church. He was ...

Commentary: Redefining gender while California burns

Sacramento, Calif., Oct 20, 2017 / 03:01 am .- California is still burning. At this point, 42 people are dead. Some 217,000 acres are devastated. Thousands of homes are destroyed. Entire towns are now charred wreckage. As the fires burned their hottest, trees glowed a seething orange behind their ...

How Los Angeles Catholics help the homeless

Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 20, 2017 / 12:04 am .- With growing numbers of people suffering homelessness in the expensive megalopolis of Los Angeles, Catholics and people of other religions are working together to provide a serious response. “The faith community is really a giant part of the ...

BBC mini-series captures daily life of Benedictine monks

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:54 pm .- A new BBC series will depict the daily life of Benedictine monks in a few UK monasteries, taking camera crews to capture a lifestyle normally hidden from the public’s eye. A three episode mini-series called “Retreat: Meditations ...

Government must allow abortion for undocumented teenager, judge rules

Washington D.C., Oct 19, 2017 / 12:50 pm .- In a controversial decision, a U.S. district judge ruled that the government must facilitate an abortion for an undocumented teenager under federal custody in Texas. The federal government has appealed the ruling, asking for a stay on the judge’s ...

English nuns offer free meals – but there's a catch

London, England, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:08 pm .- A group of religious sisters are offering free meals in a trendy neighborhood of London, but on one condition: the customers must forfeit the use of their phones and converse with fellow diners. “We give you a little food for soul. We don’t ...

Pursue the common good, not allure of money, Pope tells finance students

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2017 / 11:00 am .- Pope Francis told a group of students studying finance Thursday not to let themselves get taken in by the charm of money, but to instead work toward building a better future based on justice and the common good. “It is essential that, until now and in ...

St. John Paul II's legacy lives on through new study abroad program

Krakow, Poland, Oct 19, 2017 / 09:00 am .- Near the heart of Krakow, Poland, you can find a two-level basilica which houses all things related to the beloved St. John Paul II. Called the “Be Not Afraid – John Paul II Center,” it hosts a relic of his blood, the cassock he wore when ...

Pope to Methodists: Reconciliation is more than talk – it needs action

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2017 / 07:29 am .- Marking 50 years of Catholic-Methodist dialogue, Pope Francis on Thursday told members of both traditions that when it comes to future relations, simply speaking about reconciliation is not enough – we must actually pray and work for it. “This is ...

Europe at a crossroads

Paris, France, Oct 19, 2017 / 06:01 am .- On Sunday, the people of Austria elected a new government. At 31 years of age, Sebastian Kurz is poised to become Europe's youngest head of government. The Chancellor-to-be of Austria is a Catholic who says of himself that he has a cross hanging in his ...

Excluding people with disabilities makes Church 'incomplete'

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2017 / 03:03 am .- A leading expert on faith and disabilities has said that people with disabilities are an essential aspect of the Church's life and mission, and that parishes which exclude them are “incomplete.” “It's important to say from the very beginning ...

Pope taps Joliet auxiliary to head Evansville diocese

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2017 / 05:08 am .- On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, Illinois, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, Indiana, which has been vacant for several months. Siegel's appointment was announced in an Oct. ...

Pope Francis prays for victims of Somalia massacre

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2017 / 04:43 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years. “I would like to express my sorrow for ...

Chilean cardinal offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Santiago, Chile, Oct 18, 2017 / 12:26 am .- Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who will be living in the country. These 14 families, consisting of 34 adults and 32 ...

Five keys to Catholic education, according to Cardinal Versaldi

Santiago, Chile, Oct 19, 2017 / 12:04 am .- Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education “to respond in depth to the current challenges of society.” The cardinal participated in Chile's Sixth National ...

Central Americans fleeing violence can't return home yet, bishops warn

Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2017 / 05:04 pm .- As a temporary immigration permit program for families fleeing violence in Honduras and El Salvador is set to expire, the U.S. bishops warn that requiring immigrants to return to unsafe countries is unjust. “There is ample evidence to suggest that ...

Assisted suicide legislation advances in Australia's Victoria state

Melbourne, Australia, Oct 18, 2017 / 04:41 pm .- American-inspired legislation to legalize assisted suicide has advanced in the Australian state of Victoria, leading critics to worry that it abandons the vulnerable. On Oct. 18, Ministers of Parliament in Victoria voted to advance the bill by a 49-37 ...

Philippines mourns Cardinal Vidal, who leaves a legacy of service

Cebu, Philippines, Oct 18, 2017 / 01:36 pm .- Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, who was Archbishop of Cebu from 1982 to 2010 and a leading Catholic figure in the fall of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Pope Francis praised the cardinal’s “untiring and devoted ...

Kidnapped priest in Nigeria released, doing well

Benin City, Nigeria, Oct 18, 2017 / 10:54 am .- Fr. Maurizio Pallù, an Italian missionary who was kidnapped in southern Nigeria last week, was freed Tuesday. He was freed late in the evening of Oct. 17, according to authorities, and is doing well. “The devil is cowardly, he wants to ...

England's Buckfast Abbey to celebrate 1,000 years of foundation

Plymouth, England, Oct 18, 2017 / 06:01 am .- In 2018 one of England's historic monasteries will celebrate the millennium year of its foundation, offering a prime example of the contribution of monastic life to society amid an increasingly fast-paced world. For the Benedictine monks who inhabit ...

Pope taps Joliet auxiliary to head Evansville diocese

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2017 / 05:08 am .- On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Joseph M. Siegel, until now auxiliary bishop of Joliet, will be taking the reins in the diocese of Evansville, Indiana, which has been vacant for several months. Siegel's appointment was announced in an Oct. 18 ...

Pope Francis prays for victims of bloody Somalia 'massacre'

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2017 / 04:43 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years. 'I would like to express my sorrow for the ...

Wealthy donors working to limit 'inappropriate' religious freedom

Denver, Colo., Oct 18, 2017 / 02:51 am .- A network of wealthy donors is funding a series of well-organized lobbying campaigns to restrict legal protections for religious freedom, in order to advance access to abortion and LGBT causes. Since 2013, a network of funders has earmarked at least $8.5 ...

Chilean Cardinal offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Santiago, Chile, Oct 18, 2017 / 12:26 am .- Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who will be living in the country. These 14 families, consisting of 34 adults and 32 ...

Pope Francis on why he gives interviews

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2017 / 03:49 pm .- In a preface to a new book of interviews, Pope Francis outlined his approach to speaking with journalists, explaining that he thinks interviews should be like a conversation and this is why he doesn’t prepare answers in advance. “For me interviews ...

A modern horror: global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

New York City, N.Y., Oct 17, 2017 / 03:02 pm .- Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history” and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity “now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out,” ...

What is Pope Francis' approach to appointing new bishops?

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2017 / 02:34 pm .- Among the most lasting aspects of a Pope’s leadership is his appointment of bishops. To understand a Pope, it’s important to understand how he makes decisions about episcopal leadership. With that in mind, Pope Francis’ approach to the ...

Benedict XVI's secretary denies rumors that he is close to death

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2017 / 11:52 am .- Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has rejected reports that the former pontiff is nearing death. Rumors of Benedict XVI being close to death circulated on social media following a quote attributed to Ganswein, ...

US bishops call for health care protection for the most vulnerable

Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2017 / 06:04 am .- In the wake of an executive order issued by the Trump administration halting federal assistance for certain insurance plans, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed that helping to protect low-income persons and the vulnerable is of the utmost importance. “This ...

Pope invites prisoners to lunch, they break free instead

Bologna, Italy, Oct 17, 2017 / 03:01 am .- They were supposed to be having lunch with Pope Francis. During his Oct. 1 trip to Bologna, the Holy Father was scheduled to dine with 20 prisoners from a local drug rehabilitation facility, along with refugees and the poor of the area, during a ...

'Clarity and charity' – the keys to defending marriage in Australia

Sydney, Australia, Oct 17, 2017 / 12:09 am .- As Australians return their ballots for a poll that could aid the recognition of same-sex unions as marriages, the Archbishop of Sydney called for Christian charity in clearly explaining the importance of marriage as the union of man and woman. ...

Department of Justice announces settlement in HHS mandate suits

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 09:45 pm .- A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. ...

South Africa needs a better anti-corruption system, bishops say

Cape Town, South Africa, Oct 16, 2017 / 09:36 pm .- South Africa’s Conference of Catholic Bishops has pushed for the development of an anti-corruption court, citing the damage to the country’s morale after a long standing corruption case against President Jacob Zuma. “We urge ...

Callista Gingrich confirmed as US Ambassador to the Vatican

Washington D.C., Oct 16, 2017 / 04:46 pm .- On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23. In a July 18 hearing, Gingrich had voiced her commitment to fight human trafficking and ...