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Surprise! Chicago suburb is home to a major Guadalupe shrine

Chicago, Ill., Dec 12, 2017 / 03:01 am .- Marian devotion is intense among the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe each year on her feast day. Not just her shrine in Mexico City. The Virgin of Guadalupe has a major place of honor in Des Plaines, Ill., a ...

Critics warn against British movement advocating at-home abortion pills

London, England, Dec 12, 2017 / 12:04 am .- A new effort in the UK has garnered the support of some of Britain’s maternity doctors who are recommending that women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home. But some critics are advising against the practice, saying that aborting a ...

Cardinal Kasper: The controversy surrounding Amoris Laetitia has come to an end

Munich, Germany, Dec 11, 2017 / 10:00 pm .- The controversy regarding Amoris laetitia has come to an end, according to German cardinal Walter Kasper. What is more, he has affirmed that the admission of remarried divorced persons to the sacraments in individual cases is, in his view, the only correct ...

Analysis: What is the context of Pope Francis' words on the Lord's Prayer?

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 07:00 pm .- Pope Francis’ remarks on the “wrong” translation of the Lord’s Prayer in a TV show hosted by the Italian Bishops’ Conference’s TV2000 network are part of a wider debate that has taken place in Italy for over two decades. ...

Australian Catholic Youth Festival draws tens of thousands

Sydney, Australia, Dec 11, 2017 / 05:10 pm .- The Church in Australia kicked off Advent with a Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney last weekend, drawing some 20,000 attendees and including the country's largest Mass since the World Youth Day in 2008. The event was also the opening of a “Year of ...

Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 11, 2017 / 05:00 pm .- Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under scrutiny for taking money from U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to target the country’s abortion ...

Arlington priest pays restitution for burning KKK cross in family's lawn

Arlington, Va., Dec 11, 2017 / 03:48 pm .- An Arlington priest who was formerly a KKK member has written an apology letter and paid restitution to a family for burning a cross in their lawn in 1977. Fr. William Aitcheson, a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, Va. is a former member of the Ku Klux ...

Vatican conference highlights role of laity in addressing modern challenges

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 03:12 pm .- Leading lay experts and top Vatican officials have joined forces this week to talk about how they can collaborate in addressing key areas of modern concern, placing a special emphasis on the role of laypeople. “Even before the Vatican Council, the ...

Analysis: What the Vatican does to stop money laundering

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 01:30 pm .- The Council of Europe’s Moneyval committee has praised the Holy See’s financial intelligence unit, the Financial Information Authority, in a report published last week. The report noted the progress the Holy See has made in establishing an ...

Court rejects Washington archdiocese's Advent metro ad

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2017 / 11:23 am .- A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have allowed it to run bus ads encouraging riders to discover the true meaning of Christmas. “We are disappointed that the federal court ...

Pope Francis: Health care is part of the Church's mission

Vatican City, Dec 11, 2017 / 06:48 am .- Just as Jesus healed people during his earthly mission, care for the sick is a mission the entire Church is called to take part in, Pope Francis said in a message published Monday for the World Day of the Sick. “Jesus bestowed upon the Church his ...

Why 'Silence Breakers' are key in any abuse crisis

Denver, Colo., Dec 10, 2017 / 04:01 pm .- This week, TIME Magazine announced a group of women and men as their collective Person of the Year. What do these people have in common? They are what TIME called “The Silence Breakers” - people who have blown the whistle on sexual assault and ...

Vatican voices concern over Trump's Jerusalem move

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2017 / 09:34 am .- Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Holy See has expressed its concern for recent violent outbreaks and urged leaders to promote peace and security. A Vatican ...

In Advent, prepare your heart like your hearth, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 10, 2017 / 05:49 am .- During Advent, we should prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus like we joyfully prepare our homes for a visit from a family member or friend, Pope Francis said Sunday, especially removing anything keeping us from Christ. “When we await at home a ...

US bishops call for solidarity with migrants on Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day

Washington D.C., Dec 9, 2017 / 03:29 pm .- The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to observe the upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a day of solidarity with immigrants. In the nation’s capital, a 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Peter's Church will mark the Dec. 12 feast day. The Mass will ...

Due to violence, Mexican diocese avoids Christmas Masses at high-risk times

Villahermosa, Mexico, Dec 9, 2017 / 06:08 am .- A diocese in one of Mexico's most violence-ridden states has indicated it will avoid scheduling Masses for Christmas and its octave at “high risk” times. It has also asked the state's police to protect parishioners. “With respect to ...

'Crown Jewel' of nation's basilica blessed in DC

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 05:01 pm .- With the blessing of its final mosaic, America’s Basilica – The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. – is finally complete after nearly a century of construction and adornment. “This magnificent tribute in ...

With prayer and aid, Catholics rally around California wildfire victims

Ventura, Calif., Dec 8, 2017 / 04:45 pm .- The massive wildfires of California have drawn calls for prayer and assistance from the U.S. bishops, as Catholic Charities affiliates in the state work to aid victims. “I am sure all the faithful join me in saying: we stand ready to help in the ...

The devastating but little-noticed DRC refugee crisis

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dec 8, 2017 / 03:49 pm .- Every day, thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are forced to flee their homes. In recent months, violent clashes have escalated, creating a massive refugee crisis that has gone largely unnoticed in much of ...

DOJ investigates Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue sales

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 03:43 pm .- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, for their role in the alleged sale of baby body parts. “The Justice Department’s investigation of Planned ...

In US, abortion rates reach new low

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 02:00 pm .- A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that abortion rates in the country are at a historic low since the nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973. According to the study, abortion rates have fallen 22 percent between the ...

Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 / 10:40 am .- In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a poorly translated line of the Our Father. “This is not a good translation,” the Pope said in the video, published Dec. 6. ...

Vatican nativity scene, Christmas tree unveiled

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 / 08:55 am .- In an inauguration ceremony Thursday, the Vatican officially unveiled this year’s nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, also lighting the 69-foot Christmas tree for the first time this year. In an audience with the tree and nativity donors Dec. 7, ...

Beauty advice from Pope Francis: Be virtuous like Mary

Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 / 04:37 am .- On Friday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own ‘beauty secret’ – with Mary as model – saying beauty does not come from age or appearance, but from living a virtuous life rooted in scripture. The ...

Nearly 80 prisoners baptized in Argentina

San Isidro, Argentina, Dec 8, 2017 / 12:26 am .- Seventy-eight prisoners were baptized, confirmed, and received their First Holy Communion in an Argentine prison Dec. 1. The inmates are entering the Catholic Church after working with the Diocese of San Isidro’s prison ministry, which operates ...

Orange's Vietnam-born Auxiliary Bishop Luong dies at age 77

Orange, Calif., Dec 7, 2017 / 05:09 pm .- Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong, the first Vietnam-born bishop to serve in the U.S., died Thursday, Dec. 6, at the age of 77. He had served as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Orange, one of the largest dioceses in the country, until his 75th birthday in ...

Marriage redefined in Australia despite religious freedom fears

Sydney, Australia, Dec 7, 2017 / 04:28 pm .- A bill passed Thursday in Australia changed the legal definition of marriage from being between “a man and a women” to “between two people.” The parliamentary vote comes after a two-month postal survey which concluded on Nov. 7, ...

NM bishop prays for student victims of school shooting

Gallup, N.M., Dec 7, 2017 / 04:00 pm .- Two students at Aztec High School in Aztec, N.M., were killed in a shooting Thursday morning, and the local bishop has prayed for the victims and the community. “St. Paul tells us in Romans 12:21 'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.' ...

Hormonal birth control still increases breast cancer risk, study finds

Boston, Mass., Dec 7, 2017 / 03:21 pm .- A recent Danish study shows that women on any kind of hormonal birth control are susceptible to an increased risk of breast cancer, upending the common belief that modern methods of hormonal birth control are safer than those of decades past. The research ...

This priest is going to be on The Great American Baking Show

Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec 7, 2017 / 12:26 pm .- Many Catholics can name a priest who is renowned for his academic abilities, mission work, or inspiring homilies. But what about a priest who has received national attention for his baking skills? Meet Father Kyle Schnippel, a pastor at two Cincinnati ...

Christians in Holy Land voice fear over Trump's Jerusalem move

Jerusalem, Dec 7, 2017 / 11:34 am .- Christians leaders in Jerusalem have voiced fear over the repercussions of America's recognition of the city as Israel's capital, asking that international law be respected in the interest of maintaining peace. According to Fr. David Neuhaus, a priest in the ...

Commentary: Tolerance, wedding cakes, and a free society

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2017 / 11:11 am .- This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The result of the case, which is expected to be delivered this summer, is likely to have considerable impact on the future of free ...

Pope names new archbishops for Paris, Mexico City dioceses

Vatican City, Dec 7, 2017 / 10:37 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday named the next archbishops of two major metropolitan sees – Archbishop Michel Aupetit to Paris and Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes to Mexico City, the world’s largest diocese. The appointments were announced in a press release ...

Narni: Italy's inspiration for the magical realm of C. S. Lewis

Narni, Italy, Dec 7, 2017 / 03:04 am .- The magical realm of Narnia is the setting of C. S. Lewis’ beloved children’s book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There, four children discover a land of talking animals, mythological creatures, the White Witch, and “the Great ...

Pope Francis prays for Honduras as election crisis turns deadly

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dec 7, 2017 / 12:09 am .- A contested national election in Honduras has enflamed a civil crisis, leading Pope Francis to pray on Sunday for Hondurans to “peacefully overcome the current difficult moment.” Juan Orlando Hernández, the incumbent president, ...

LA convent sale controversy ends in favor of archdiocese, Katy Perry

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 6, 2017 / 12:51 pm .- This week, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and singer Katy Perry were awarded a joint $10 million sum for punitive damages over a church-owned hilltop property which was illegally sold to a developer in 2015 after the archdiocese had accepted an ...

Truth will lead to African peace, Nigerian bishops say

Abuja, Nigeria, Dec 6, 2017 / 11:23 am .- The Church’s intellectual and moral truth is the key to a peaceful, free, and developing nation, Nigerian bishops have said at a conference attended by the country's political and spiritual leaders. Their remarks came a conference on “Peace and ...

Pope Francis: It's good for young people to study Latin

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2017 / 10:08 am .- In a message to the Pontifical Academies on Tuesday, Pope Francis praised the study of Latin, especially for young people, and encouraged scholars and teachers to promote its study as a positive guide for students as they navigate life. Addressing academics ...

Kidnapped twice, missionary priest returns to Nigeria

Rome, Italy, Dec 6, 2017 / 09:42 am .- After he was kidnapped in Nigeria in October, Italian missionary priest Fr. Maurizio Pallù has returned to the country, attributing his kidnapping to the work of the devil and crediting the Virgin Mary with his protection and release. “I saw a ...

Pope Francis urges world leaders to respect UN position on Jerusalem

Vatican City, Dec 6, 2017 / 03:37 am .- With debate on the status of Jerusalem heating up in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis has urged international leaders to proceed with prudence and respect for current ...

Scientists reconstructed the face of St. Nicholas – here's what they found

Liverpool, England, Dec 6, 2017 / 02:43 am .- Scientists at a university in Liverpool have unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus. Researchers at ...

Devastating cyclone kills 32 Catholic fishermen off India's coast

Thiruvananthapuram, India, Dec 6, 2017 / 12:20 am .- At least 32 Catholic fishermen were killed when a tropical cyclone hit the southern coast of India over the weekend. In addition, some 200 people are missing, and thousands of individuals have been displaced, after their homes were destroyed. The ...

In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast

Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 5, 2017 / 09:06 pm .- About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday Morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day. “We give our hearts to the Virgin of Guadalupe and we ask her to always intercede ...

Why is St. Francis Xavier's arm flying across Canada?

Ottawa, Canada, Dec 5, 2017 / 07:00 pm .- While he was alive, St. Francis Xavier never got to ride in an airplane. They would not be invented for 400 more years after his death. But now, his severed arm will get to take a trip across Canada in its very own seat. The relic of the Jesuit missionary, ...

Analysis: Argentine letter on Amoris is in the Acta. Does that change things?

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2017 / 05:19 pm .- Despite the recent inclusion of Pope Francis' 2016 letter to the Buenos Aires bishops on Amoris laetitia in the Holy See's official text of record, neither the Church's discipline nor its doctrine have changed. The move is the latest in the debate over the ...

Faith, Intellect, Renewal: Thomas More College launches center to restore culture

Manchester, N.H., Dec 5, 2017 / 04:11 pm .- Seeking the renewal of culture and faith in New England, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has launched a center that addresses crucial questions for Christians and aims to be a “vigorous public witness to the faith.” “Its mission is a ...

Baker argues for cake and conscience at Supreme Court

Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2017 / 03:35 pm .- A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court arguments, say lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips. “The right of all creative ...

California wildfire forces evacuation at Thomas Aquinas College

Ventura, Calif., Dec 5, 2017 / 12:33 pm .- The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe. “As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to ...

Pope Francis will see a lively faith in Peru and Chile, Lima's cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Dec 5, 2017 / 11:40 am .- Ahead of Pope Francis' trip to Chile and Peru, the Archbishop of Lima has said that the Bishop of Rome will encounter a lively faith in the countries, where there are “great expression of popular religiosity.” Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne ...

Pope appoints Washington auxiliary as new bishop of Richmond

Vatican City, Dec 5, 2017 / 04:13 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Bishop Barry C. Knestout, until now one of three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Washington, as the next bishop of the Diocese of Richmond. He fills the vacancy left by Bishop Francis ...