- October 21, 2016
According to President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America, who teaches the virtues through movies and novels, the choice facing Catholics in November's presidential election is similar to the famous 'trolley problem' in which every outcome seems immoral.
Pope Francis's decision to stay on in Sweden an extra day following next Monday's Reformation commemoration in order to say Mass with the local Church will be a spur to overcome remaining divisions, according to the general-secretary of the World Lutheran Federation.
Marches for Life have become a familiar feature of Catholic life and political activism around the world, but in Mumbai, India, in late October, the exercise got an unusual twist by being explicitly linked to Pope Francis's leadership on the environment.
An 82-year-old priest is recovering in a hospital after he was assaulted outside of Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, KS, last Friday, after his two attackers, believed to be teenage boys, struck him in the head and stole his wallet and car.
When the US bishops gather in Baltimore in mid-November, they’ll have a lot on their plate, ranging from how to promote peace in US communities torn apart by violence to electing new leadership for the entire conference and several of its committees.
A meeting this week of the Santa Marta Group, a coalition of police and security forces and the Catholic Church, proved that the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery is still very much at the top of Pope Francis’s social and political agenda.
Pope Francis’s decision to stay on in Sweden an extra day following next Monday’s Reformation commemoration in order to say Mass with the local Church will be a spur to overcome remaining divisions, according to the general-secretary of the World Lutheran Federation.
Australian police have questioned Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, in Rome in relation to accusations of alleged historic sexual abuse. The cardinal continues to insist there is no foundation to the claims.
Solidarity, not closing borders, is the only real and lasting solution to the challenge of migration, the pope said in remarks at his general audience yesterday. He went on to tell a moving story about mercy toward strangers.
In response to a controversial drug war under Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s bishops led by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, and Catholic parishes are working with local government to provide drug rehab and prevention centers.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was returning from a state visit to the Middle East, made an unannounced stop at the Vatican Oct. 24 to meet with Pope Francis in Rome. In a video, a member of the opposition warned the pontiff that “we are dealing with the devil.”
A deal between the Vatican and Italy on taxation of income from accounts at the Vatican bank was decreed by the Secretariat of State, not the new Secretariat for the Economy, confirming that for Pope Francis, more and more reform is a blend of the old and the new.READ MORE
Pope Francis on Sunday decried the cold-blood killing of civilians in the ongoing fighting to free Mosul, in Iraq, currently a stronghold of the terrorist organization ISIS, which is reportedly using entire families as human shields.READ MORE
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was returning from a state visit to the Middle East, made an unannounced stop at the Vatican Oct. 24 to meet with Pope Francis in Rome. In a video, a member of the opposition warned the pontiff that “we are dealing with the devil.”READ MORE
Nebraska’s bishops have cited the danger of executing an innocent person, racial bias, the suffering of victims’ families, inadequate defense and the costs of capital punishment as reasons for calling for support of a referendum to repeal the state’s death penalty statute.READ MORE
There’s only a single Catholic church in Somalia: St. Anthony of Padua in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region. Saying Mass has been and continues to be “very dangerous,” Bishop Giorgio Bertin told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.READ MORE
Catholic University of America President John Garvey, among the more intriguing figures on the U.S. Catholic landscape, says the genius of Pope Francis is that he doesn’t begin with the rules, but with the Good News of redemption and mercy.READ MORE