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Cardinal Pell, Vatican treasurer, to become most senior member of Catholic church to stand trial on sex charges

May 2, 2018 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Pell, Vatican treasurer, to become most senior member of Catholic church to stand trial on sex charges

Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s treasurer, has become the most senior Catholic figure to face sexual assault charges after a court in Melbourne committed him to stand trial on historical offences involving multiple victims. After being asked for a plea, 76-year-old Pell, a trusted aide of Pope Francis, stated firmly and loudly: “No

Michigan Catholic School Revokes ‘Modesty Poncho’ Prom Plan for Female Students

May 2, 2018 World News Comments Off on Michigan Catholic School Revokes ‘Modesty Poncho’ Prom Plan for Female Students

A Catholic high school in Michigan has ended a plan to make female students wear “modesty ponchos” at prom if they are dressed inappropriately. After some parents and students at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Mich. said the “modesty poncho” plan was body shaming toward girls, the school’s principal said they would not be handed out at the prom. Principal Eric Haley said in a statemen

Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to build first new Catholic school in city in more than 50 years

May 1, 2018 World News Comments Off on Archdiocese of Baltimore plans to build first new Catholic school in city in more than 50 years

After years of shuttering schools amid declining enrollment and budget constraints, the Archdiocese of Baltimore is planning to build its first new Catholic school in the city in more than 50 years. So far, the archdiocese has raised about $13 million of its roughly $18.5 million goal for the creation of the co-ed school, which will serve students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school will be built on the site of the former public Lexington Terrace Elementary School, which was torn down in 1997 as part of a broader neighborhood redevelopment project.

As much as $100,000 taken from collection plate at Holy Name Cathedral, police say

April 27, 2018 World News Comments Off on As much as $100,000 taken from collection plate at Holy Name Cathedral, police say

Chicago police are investigating whether former security guards at Holy Name Cathedral may have played a role in the theft of up to $100,000 from the historic church’s collection plate, according to preliminary information from police sources and the security company. No one is in custody, but multiple suspects have been identified, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman.

Catholic priest killed while hearing confessions in Mexico

April 22, 2018 World News Comments Off on Catholic priest killed while hearing confessions in Mexico

April 21 (UPI) — A Roman Catholic priest was killed Friday in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, the second priest murdered within one week in the country. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, 33, was performing the sacrament of penance when attacked at a parish in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, on the outskirts of Guadalajara, according to a statement from the Mexican Bishops’ Conference.

Pope Francis to new priests: Be like Jesus the Good Shepherd

April 22, 2018 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis to new priests: Be like Jesus the Good Shepherd

Vatican City, Apr 22, 2018 / 05:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood, reminding them to be like Jesus the Good Shepherd in the way they serve the members of their spiritual flock and minister to those who are lost and searching for God. “Always have before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to seek and save what was lost,” the pope said in a homily before the ordinatio

20 April 2007 – Msgr. Richard Schuler – RIP

April 20, 2018 World News Comments Off on 20 April 2007 – Msgr. Richard Schuler – RIP

Today is the anniversary of the death of Msgr. Richard Schuler, a well-known Church musician and pastor for many years of the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, MN. This was a man who fought the good fight, in hard years, for sacred Church music and excellence in liturgy.  In his 33 years as pastor of St. Agnes, there were some 30 First Masses offe

German bishops deny Pope nixed their plan for intercommunion with Protestants

April 20, 2018 World News Comments Off on German bishops deny Pope nixed their plan for intercommunion with Protestants

April 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The German bishops are denying reports that Pope Francis has rejected their plan to give Holy Communion to Protestant spouses of Catholics. The plan, which was contained in a guide published by the German Episcopal Conference, justified giving Holy Communion to Prot

Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes California State Assembly

April 20, 2018 World News Comments Off on Bill Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’ Passes California State Assembly

Legislation that would ban efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity passed in the California Assembly with a bipartisan vote of 50-14.

Priests are performing exorcisms over the phone, cardinal claims

April 18, 2018 World News Comments Off on Priests are performing exorcisms over the phone, cardinal claims

Priests have been carrying out exorcisms over the phone as demand continues to rise, a Cardinal has said. Speaking at the Vatican’s annual exorcist training conference in Rome, Cardinal Ernest Simoni said priests are delivering prayers of liberation, part of the exorcism ritual, remotely. “There are priests who carry out exorcisms on their mobile phones. That’s possible thanks to Jesus,” he said. However, some warned that the practic