- August 21, 2016
This weekend, 15 cardinals and 120 bishops, along with heads of religious orders, rectors of sanctuaries and universities, and some 400 priests and lay people, will gather in the Colombian capital of Bogotá for event focused on Pope Francis' special jubilee Year of Mercy.
While the primary reason Catholics should want to help the victims of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Italy on Wednesday is humanitarian, there's also a "gut level" motive -- a legendary sauce born in the small town that was hardest hit, which screams "Catholic" the way matzoh ball soup and potato latkes do "Jewish."
A lay employee of a Catholic high school in Pennsylvania, who was responsible for supervising Chinese international students, has waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted two students while officials continue to look for a third alleged victim.
The Pittsburgh Diocese continues to try to resolve the issues it has with mandated insurance coverage of things which it finds religiously objectionable. The secular media has not focused on this issue much during the 2016 election coverage.
The Franciscan Action Network released a statement Thursday accusing the new CEO of the Trump campaign of “anti-Catholic” and “racist” undertones when he suggested Catholic leaders back immigration reform because “the church in this country is dying” and needs new members.
In a meeting with roughly 30 members of his own Jesuit religious order in Poland in late July, Pope Francis said that young priests must be taught the fine art of discernment, because “not everything is black over white, or white over black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life.”
For Americans considering finding a new house of worship or switching their religious affiliation, quality preaching is most common attraction cited, a new survey finds, and in-person visits are far more consequential in sealing the deal than a snazzy web site.
Trustees of Ireland’s national seminary have agreed to bring in a specific policy to protect whistleblowers after serious allegations were made about a rumored gay subculture in the college and following a decision by Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to pull his students from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
In the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, both Christian churches and Islamic mosques are being painted yellow as a way of symbolizing that “we can work together as people of faith,” in the words of a local Anglican pastor, part of a worldwide campaign called “Colour in Faith.”
In an annual statement for Labor Day, the head of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development says a lack of jobs that pay enough to keep a family above the poverty line is driving a progressive breakdown in family health and stability.
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