- October 17, 2016
Thursday night's Al Smith Dinner in New York, probably the last time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will share a stage before the election, was a reminder that even in the midst of contentiousness, the Catholic Church still has the ability to bring people together and offer hope and a better way of engaging the world.
Caritas India, the official church-sponsored charitable organization in India, announced earlier this month that it will recruit transgender employees in an effort to fight discrimination, while stressing that it will not support surgical sex changes.
At Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina, the "art with a heart" of Jim Craft respects the great tradition of Christian art but makes it contemporary and accessible, a visible example of what Pope Benedict XVI called the "hermeneutic of continuity."
Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden, the country’s only Catholic bishop, say most native Swedes who join the Church come from university circles and are attracted by its embrace of reason, its theological depth, and its social doctrine.
As far back as Pope Pius XII popes and the Vatican have been denouncing nuclear weapons and calling for complete nuclear disarmament, and the pope’s envoy to the United Nations was at it again this week, insisting on respect for the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
For 10 euros — about $11 — one lucky person will win the first prize in Pope Francis’s now-traditional Christmastime raffle, which is a red Opel Karl, a German-made, five-door hatchback car. All proceeds will benefit the victims of the Aug. 24 earthquake in central Italy that left almost 300 people dead and the homeless.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, where Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine grew up, has called the Virginia senator an “orthodox” Democrat but a “cafeteria Catholic,” saying it’s “painful” to listen to him express personal opposition to abortion but unwillingness to restrict it.
One day after their final debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be together again at tonight’s Al Smith Dinner. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has occasionally come under fire for hosting pro-choice candidates at the event, but says he prefers to keep lines of conversation open.
Facing one of the most acrimonious and distressing election cycles in a long time, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is the patroness of the United States. It consists of nine days of prayer, starting Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 7, the eve of the election.
For the estimated 40,000 Iraqi Christians currently living in Turkey as refugees, having fled the IS-fueled violence in their country officially recognized by the U.S. State Department as “genocide,” being resettled somewhere else is neither easy nor quick.
Coming face to face with the poor may pose a challenge and tempt people to turn the other way and give in to “the habit of fleeing from needy people and not approach them, or disguise a bit the reality of the needy,” the pope said Oct. 19 during his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
All three new American cardinals set to be elevated by Pope Francis on Nov. 19 bring strong backgrounds in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, but in reality there’s little remarkable about that, since the pope could have thrown darts at a dartboard in the US and come up with much the same thing.READ MORE
Cardinals are by definition a big deal, but it’s by no means automatic that all will one day be hailed as saints. In the pope’s latest crop of new cardinals, however, one already is — Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, hailed as one of the “three saints of Bangui” for his peacemaking efforts.READ MORE
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.READ MORE
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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said that on Sunday the Church in India was already planning to observe a special Day of Prayer for the nation and provide medical services for those dozens injured in the aftermath of a stampede in which 24 people died.READ MORE
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says what he took away from the Vatican’s “baby bishops school” is a stronger sense of his ordination not just for L.A., but for the whole Church, and a new appreciation for the staggering variety of challenges the Church faces around the world.READ MORE