• Theologians’ brief in Little Sisters case may lead to compromise

    Theologians’ brief in Little Sisters case may lead to compromise

    • May 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind. Although many briefs get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out. In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement better known as the “Little Sisters of the Poor” case,

  • Swiss Guards pledge to protect pope with their lives

    Swiss Guards pledge to protect pope with their lives

    • May 7, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — With their left hands clutching a standard and their right hands raised with three fingers open symbolizing the Holy Trinity, 23 new Swiss Guard recruits pledged “faithfully, loyally and honorably” to serve and protect the pope and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for him. The pageantry of

  • Cardinal welcomes Britain’s U-turn on child refugees

    Cardinal welcomes Britain’s U-turn on child refugees

    • May 6, 2016

    MANCHESTER, England — Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has welcomed a U-turn by the British government over the resettlement of child refugees. He said he was “very happy” with a May 4 announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron that the U.K. will accept an unspecified number of unaccompanied children who

  • Cardinal says ‘unauthorized people’ in Rome veto bishop picks

    Cardinal says ‘unauthorized people’ in Rome veto bishop picks

    • May 5, 2016

    BONN, Germany — A German cardinal said names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by “unauthorized people” in Rome. “In the name of the law, these unlawful outside influences must be set aside and a proper voice given to those who’ll be living with

  • Pope says nothing can stop God from seeking those who stray

    Pope says nothing can stop God from seeking those who stray

    • May 5, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — There is no such thing as a soul that is lost forever, only people who are waiting to be found, Pope Francis said Wednesday. God is not part of humanity’s “throwaway culture,” and does not shut out the sinner and those most in need, the pope said

  • Northern Ireland bishops urge voters to emphasize abortion, poverty

    Northern Ireland bishops urge voters to emphasize abortion, poverty

    • May 4, 2016

    DUBLIN — Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have urged Mass-goers to support candidates opposed to legalizing abortion in elections to the region’s power-sharing assembly on Thursday, May 5. In a wide-ranging pastoral statement ahead of the polls, the bishops also urged Catholics to lobby lawmakers about issues as diverse as climate

  • Pope pledges wine, not beer, to fulfill military challenge

    Pope pledges wine, not beer, to fulfill military challenge

    • May 4, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis receives countless gifts, but most do not require anything in return. However, at his audience with members of the military April 30, the pope received a small gift with a tradition — and obligation — attached. Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the U.S. Archdiocese

  • Pope calls police, military to be ‘sowers of peace’

    Pope calls police, military to be ‘sowers of peace’

    • May 3, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — For peace in the family, community and nation, people need to recognize their faults and ask forgiveness, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of soldiers, sailors and police officers from around the world. “In your families, in the various areas where you work, be instruments