Archive for February, 2019

Vatican announces canonical investigation of Cardinal Pell

Vatican announces canonical investigation of Cardinal Pell

| Cindy Wooden | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The day Australian Cardinal George Pell was jailed in Melbourne after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, the Vatican announced his case would be investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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‘Evil’s days are numbered,’ pope says at audience

‘Evil’s days are numbered,’ pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The holiness of God is a power that is constantly expanding and will defeat all evil once and for all, Pope Francis said.

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Twin messages of ‘Unplanned’: ‘Be bold’ but show ‘mercy and redemption’

Twin messages of ‘Unplanned’: ‘Be bold’ but show ‘mercy and redemption’

| John Mulderig | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Faith, forgiveness and healing were some of the central topics that emerged during a recent panel discussion about the forthcoming abortion-themed film “Unplanned” at New York City’s Sheen Center for Thought & Culture.

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Supreme Court offers possible ground for historic memorial cross to stay

Supreme Court offers possible ground for historic memorial cross to stay

| Carol Zimmermann | February 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to lean toward preserving a historic cross-shaped memorial in Maryland Feb. 27 without making overall clarifications about the constitutionality of religious symbols on public property.

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Catholic foundations show continued growth throughout 2017-2018

Catholic foundations show continued growth throughout 2017-2018

| Jacob Comello | February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Amid worry that bad news about the Catholic Church and the clergy abuse scandal could impact Catholic giving, one financial expert just published a paper with a different story.

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Vatican releases pope’s Lent, Holy Week, Easter schedule

Vatican releases pope’s Lent, Holy Week, Easter schedule

| February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and top officials of the Roman Curia will leave the Vatican March 10-15 for their annual Lenten retreat, the Vatican confirmed Feb. 26, but it did not announce who the retreat leader would be.

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Measure to protect babies who survive abortion fails in Senate 53-44

Measure to protect babies who survive abortion fails in Senate 53-44

| February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Senate in an evening vote Feb. 25 failed to pass a measure sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, to require that babies born alive after an abortion be given medical attention and “the same protection of law as any newborn.”

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Cardinal Pell convicted on five counts; verdict will be appealed

Cardinal Pell convicted on five counts; verdict will be appealed

| February 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

An Australian court found Cardinal George Pell guilty on five charges related to the sexual abuse of two 13-year-old boys; sentencing is expected in early March, but the cardinal’s lawyer already has announced plans to appeal the conviction.

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‘Unplanned’ gets unexpected R rating

‘Unplanned’ gets unexpected R rating

| Christine Rousselle | February 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The movie “Unplanned,” which tells the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s conversion into a pro-life activist, has been given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, a decision the directors fear could have been motivated by the pro-life message of the film.

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Poll: Big majorities of Democrats, young people reject late-term abortion

Poll: Big majorities of Democrats, young people reject late-term abortion

| February 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Americans have shifted toward a pro-life stance in recent weeks during a period when some states are considering legislation that would legalize abortion up until birth, according to a new poll.

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Ash Wednesday 101

Ash Wednesday 101

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some things to know about Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ash Wednesday draws one of the largest turnouts of any Mass throughout the year. While its practice has popularity — including Catholics’ selfies with ashes on foreheads posted prominently on social media — the observance of Ash Wednesday calls for something deeper than receiving ashes. Father Tom Margevicius, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Worship, said “a return to ashes represents my worthlessness without God” — and the realization of being a creature instead of the creator.

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