- August 19, 2016
Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Missionaries of Charity priest in charge of Mother Teresa's sainthood cause, says she's a compelling role model of holiness in our time because she did ordinary things, but she did them extraordinarily well and with extraordinary love.
A new museum in honor of Pope John Paul I, the "Smiling Pope" of 33 days, will be formally opened on Friday in his hometown in northern Italy, and it's of more than historical or biographical interest given how much John Paul I is a source of inspiration for Pope Francis.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the leading advocacy group for clerical abuse survivors in the United States, has been sanctioned by a federal judge for refusing to hand over information as part of a lawsuit the priest has filed against the group.
An agreement between Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., and 21 former students who said they were sexually abused by Christian Brothers and staff at the all-boys school between 1963 and 1978 does not involve the school admitting any liability or wrongdoing.
The proposed mosque, a few hundred yards from the world-famous tower, has been approved by Pisa’s city council, but opponents say it is too close to the tower, one of Italy’s top tourist attractions, and opponents also fear it could radicalize local Muslims.
The new Bishop of Memphis, Martin D. Holley, named to the job by Pope Francis on Tuesday, is a former auxiliary bishop in Washington, D.C., under Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with a track record of pastoral service and advocacy on behalf of minority communities.
In the latest in a string of appointments by Pope Francis of Americans for diplomatic roles, Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach of Worcester, Mass., as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, meaning the pontiff’s ambassador to the country.
Mary Jo Tully, the first laywoman to become chancellor of a U.S. Catholic diocese, has stepped down from the post she held for 27 years at the Archdiocese of Portland, joking that she didn’t become a nun because “they wouldn’t let me be a superior!”
Cardinal Bechara Rai of Lebanon has insisted that terrorist organizations “working for the destruction of the Middle East do not represent Islam or Muslims,” arguing that they actually aim to destroy “a moderate and open Islam, resulting from coexistence with Christians.”
American Cardinal Raymond Burke, often styled as a conservative opponent of Pope Francis, says that he told the pontiff ‘The only way I can serve you is by speaking the truth in the best and clearest way possible,’ to which Francis replied, ‘That’s what I want.’
The number of cardinal-electors, meaning those eligible to vote for the next pope, is getting low enough that the time is drawing near for a new round of picks — and although an American seems plausible, under Pope Francis all bets are off in terms of where the cardinals might come from and who they might be.READ MORE
Recent developments in Colombia, Mexico and Spain suggest that Pope Francis’ blistering attacks on “gender theory,” the idea that people ought to be free to choose their own gender, is emboldening Catholic bishops around the world to speak out themselves.READ MORE
St. Pope John Paul II’s historic interreligious summit in Assisi in 1986 was a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, and when Pope Francis travels to Assisi in September to mark its 30th anniversary, he’ll once again be taking part in the annual “festival of peace” organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio.READ MORE
Every page written by G.K. Chesteron, an early 20th century convert to Catholicism and widely considered one of the greatest apologists for the Catholic faith in the English language, is like “a bottle of champagne,” said Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles.READ MORE
As a new president in the Philippines unleashes a crackdown on the drug trade that so far has left at least 600 people dead in extra-judicial killings, the country’s bishops push back but describe their situation as that of a “Church in the wilderness.”READ MORE
The wife of a Brazilian man who miraculously recovered from life-threatening brain abscesses in 2008 says doctors may have been puzzled over what happened, but not her: “Now me, I knew. I knew that Mother Teresa had cured Marcilio.”READ MORE