Archive for July, 2018

Syriac Catholic bishops call attention to plight of persecuted faithful

Syriac Catholic bishops call attention to plight of persecuted faithful

| Doreen Abi Raad | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Syriac Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting in Lebanon for their annual synod, lamented the plight of their “tormented and persecuted” faithful.

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Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

Sessions: Contributions of religious people make U.S. ‘stronger as nation’

| Steve Larkin | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, gave three reasons why religious freedom is important to the Catholic Church in a speech July 30 at a conference on the issue at the Justice Department in Washington.

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From the pulpit, priests address allegations against Archbishop McCarrick

From the pulpit, priests address allegations against Archbishop McCarrick

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

For his homilies on the weekend of July 21-22, Father Edward Looney, administrator of two rural Wisconsin parishes, planned to preach about ways to include God on summer vacation.

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Help those in need, never waste food, pope says

Help those in need, never waste food, pope says

| Carol Glatz | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food.

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Contraception feeds violence against women, papal theologian says

Contraception feeds violence against women, papal theologian says

| Catherine Sheehan | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

The widespread use of contraception has led to increased violence and aggression against women, the theologian of the papal household said during a mid-July visit to Sydney.

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Indian Catholic leaders protest call to ban sacrament of reconciliation

Indian Catholic leaders protest call to ban sacrament of reconciliation

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

India’s Catholic Church has led a chorus of protest over a demand to ban the sacrament of reconciliation from the chairwoman of the National Commission for Women.

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Archbishop convicted of failure to report abuse resigns

Archbishop convicted of failure to report abuse resigns

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Philip Wilson, who had been found guilty by an Australian court of failing to inform police about child sexual abuse allegations.

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Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal

| Cindy Wooden | July 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has ordered Cardinal McCarrick to maintain “a life of prayer and penance” until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.

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Pew: Most Americans skeptical of benefits of gene editing for babies

Pew: Most Americans skeptical of benefits of gene editing for babies

| July 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new Pew Research Center study found that a majority of Americans supported the use of gene-editing technology in babies if the goal is “delivering direct health benefits for babies.”

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In the reunification scramble, church groups raced to help families

In the reunification scramble, church groups raced to help families

| Rhina Guidos | July 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

In public and behind the scenes of a court order that immigrant families separated by the U.S. government be reunited by the end of July 26, the Catholic Church, from its leadership to its charitable and advocacy organizations, worked around the clock to speed up the effort, while also calling for a stop to the policy that led to the ordeal.

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Kansan returns to Australia saint’s tomb in thanks for Parkinson’s cure

Kansan returns to Australia saint’s tomb in thanks for Parkinson’s cure

| July 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exactly 10 years to the day — July 18, 2018 — Ricky Peterson of Kansas City, Kansas, knelt once more at the tomb of St. Mary MacKillop in suburban North Sydney, Australia, this time with a prayer of thanksgiving for the seemingly miraculous event that had changed his life a decade earlier.

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World needs leaders who are just, compassionate, merciful, pope says

World needs leaders who are just, compassionate, merciful, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | July 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The world needs leaders who can “put into practice a more just way for all of us to live in this world as sharers in a common destiny,” Pope Francis said.

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