• Pope urges rehabilitation, clemency for prisoners

    Pope urges rehabilitation, clemency for prisoners

    • Nov 6, 2016

    Francis has made it a mission of his papacy to encourage greater compassion for prisoners. He has also urged governments to consider granting a Holy Year amnesty to prisoners, to find alternatives to incarceration and, at the very least, to abolish the death penalty.

  • Romania debates referendum to ban gay marriage

    Romania debates referendum to ban gay marriage

    • Nov 4, 2016

    Two Romanian senators submitted a draft bill on Thursday calling for a referendum on changing the constitution to specify that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, after a petition signed by almost 3 million people, but the party leader is asking them to stand down.

  • Diocese slams bulletin insert saying voting Democratic risks Hell

    Diocese slams bulletin insert saying voting Democratic risks Hell

    • Nov 3, 2016

    A newsletter from a San Diego Catholic church that doubles as an election polling site has warned parishioners that they risk going to hell if they vote for Democrats, but the diocese said Wednesday that the messages don’t reflect Catholic teaching and are inappropriate.

  • Dioceses on US/Mexico border to hold Mass for migrants

    Dioceses on US/Mexico border to hold Mass for migrants

    • Nov 3, 2016

    The dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez are slated Saturday to celebrate Mass at a Rio Grande levee and call for immigrant rights, expressing the idea that “A border doesn’t have to be a place of threat … It can also be a place of encounter.”

  • New child abuse suits filed against Church in Guam

    New child abuse suits filed against Church in Guam

    • Nov 1, 2016

    A lawyer for four former altar boys has filed a new civil lawsuit against the Catholic Church in Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Father Louis Brouillard over child sexual abuse. Guam passed a law in September lifting the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits in child molestation cases, and Catholic officials on the island have warned that settlements costs arising from the measure could cause the closure.

  • Venezuelan opposition eases temperature at Vatican request

    • Nov 1, 2016

    Venezuela’s opposition warily welcomed on Tuesday the government’s release of four jailed activists, a response to the Vatican’s efforts to avert bloodshed and dampen acrimony in the oil-rich South American country.