- February 18, 2017
St. Paul Street Evangelization may send Catholics to the street corners to preach the Gospel, but it's hardly the fire-and-brimstone message associated with fundamentalists. Instead, it's patient, never angry, and fully Catholic -- and, based on its track record, the method works.
Christianity was born amid serious church/state conflict, and bishops have already set the precedent that sometimes one has to choose the Gospel over civil law. Such a time may be looming again, if Catholic churches are forced to stand up to mass deportations by offering immigrants sanctuary.
Speaking about the situation of Christians in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan acknowledged that if he had children, he too would be trying to flee the region, despite the efforts being expended by the Catholic Church, which include guaranteeing that refugees have a roof over their heads and not just a tent.
Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12.
Flor Umanzor, a volunteer teacher for more than 10 years at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington, said she can see the satisfaction on her students’ faces when they read and understand a passage from the Bible.
The recent decision by the Donald Trump administration to withdraw protections that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that corresponded with their gender identity was celebrated by Catholic bishops, but had mixed reactions from other religious leaders in the United States.
Talking at a Vatican sponsored meeting which called for the universal right to safe and accessible drinking water, Pope Francis also cited “troubling” statistics from the United Nations which indicate that each day, a thousand children die from water-related illnesses.
In a letter to the international community, Catholic bishops from South Sudan made an appeal for humanitarian assistance, saying that farmers have fled lands without planting crops as civilians are targeted by both sides in the country’s increasingly bloody three-year civil war. The bishops urged for concrete intervention “before it is too late.”
After a controversial video was released allegedly exposing illicit activities by Planned Parenthood in the traffic in fetal body parts, a Texas federal judge has temporarily barred the state from denying Medicaid funding to the organization. The case will go to trial and pro-life advocates say Texas would appeal the judge’s injunction.
A giant cross was erected on a hill near Mosul to mark the return of Christian faith in the territories reclaimed after being liberated from ISIS. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad blessed the cross amid cries of “Victory! Victory! Victory!” Muslims have also participated in events such as this to promote religious coexistence.
Pope Francis on Friday said that in thinking about divorce and remarriage, the key issue at the heart of debates over ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the important thing is to abandon a legalistic obsession with what’s permitted and what isn’t, and instead strive to integrate divine justice with divine mercy.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the death of Monsignor Luigi Giussani, founder of the Communion and Liberation movement and a cinch for a first-ballot inductee if there were a Hall of Fame for 20th century Catholicism. Twelve years on, the community he launched is still going strong.READ MORE
During a hearing before a Royal Commission in Australia examining institutional responses to child sexual abuse, several prelates acknowledged deep failures, with Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney adding that in at least some cases, those breakdowns amounted to “criminal negligence.”READ MORE
Pope Francis on Friday said that in thinking about divorce and remarriage, the key issue at the heart of debates over ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the important thing is to abandon a legalistic obsession with what’s permitted and what isn’t, and instead strive to integrate divine justice with divine mercy.READ MORE
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In a letter to the international community, Catholic bishops from South Sudan made an appeal for humanitarian assistance, saying that farmers have fled lands without planting crops as civilians are targeted by both sides in the country’s increasingly bloody three-year civil war. The bishops urged for concrete intervention “before it is too late.”READ MORE
Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he’s concerned, there’s no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and its implications for access to Communion.READ MORE