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Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

January 15, 2016 World News Comments Off

Diocese of Rome Responds to Holy Father’s September Invitation for Parishes to Host a Family of Refugees January 15, 2016  By ZENIT Staff Responding to Pope Francis’ appeal this September, Vatican parishes have begun welcoming refugee families. In his Sept. 6 Angelus address, the Holy Father called on all European parishes and religious communities to take in one refugee family, as the United Nation recognizes the record number of people trying to enter Europe, mostly from Syria, Eritrea, and Afghanistan. “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family,” Francis requested, after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. As we witness the “tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood sues group that exposed its trafficking of babies’ body parts

January 15, 2016 World News Comments Off

Ben Johnson IRVINE, CA, January 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the organization that exposed their practice of receiving financial remuneration for collecting the body parts and tissues of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood sued the Center for Medical Progress today, accusing the group of violating numerous state and federal laws, including the Federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act – a law intended to prosecute the Mafia. Its legal brief describes CMP as a “complex criminal enterprise conceived and executed by anti-abortion extremists” that engaged in “large-scale illegal taping” intended “to demonize Planned Parenthood, harass and intimidate its dedicated staff, and interrupt its operations, all with the ultimate goal of interfering with women’s access to…Continue Reading

Archbishop Fisichella Says Pope Francis Desired Saint’s Presence in Vatican Basilica for Ash Wednesday of Jubilee Year

January 11, 2016 World News Comments Off
padrepio The remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, often known as Padre Pio, will be exposed for veneration in St. Peter’s Basilica next month. According to Vatican Radio, the Vatican announced this Monday, noting the remains will be exposed Feb. 8 -14. It was Pope Francis who desired that Padre Pio’s reliquary be present in the Vatican for Ash Wednesday of the Jubilee of Mercy, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, communicated in a letter he had written to the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo. “The Holy Father,” the prelate wrote, “has expressed his strong desire that the remains of St. Pio of Pietrelcina be exposed in St. Peter’s Basilica for Ash…Continue Reading

Cardinal Roger Mahony . . . Catholic clergy set to lead Coachella Mass to pray for refugees

January 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

As the national debate continues on whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States, Catholic organizers expect thousands of people to come together in Coachella Sunday to pray for people fleeing hardship in their homelands. The 10th annual Migration Mass, a service that’s part of National Migration Week celebrated by the Catholic Church each year, aims to show unity and support for the estimated 60 million refugees across the world. For the first time, Our Lady of Soledad Church will host the service presided by Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of Sa

The Cardinal Newman Society . . . Major Issues We’re Following in Catholic Education in 2016

January 5, 2016 World News Comments Off

The Cardinal Newman Society’s reporting in 2015 highlighted numerous issues — positive and negative — impacting faithful Catholic education in the U.S., and we expect many of these issues to continue trending into 2016. In the past year, Newman Society reporters covered cultural and institutional threats to faithful Catholic education, including the U.S. Supreme Court marriage ruling, problems with Common Core, Planned Parenthood’s close ties to Catholic colleges, ongoing HHS mandate lawsuits threatening religious freedom and scandalous commencement speakers at Catholic colleges. Yet, many faithful Catholic colleges and schools have responded with vigor to the current challenges and de – See more at:

Swiss Nuncio: Communion Is for Catholics

January 3, 2016 World News Comments Off

Abp. Gullickson nixes Communion for divorced adulterers, active gays and Lutherans BERN, Switzerland ( – Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, nuncio to Switzerland, is closing the door on Communion to civilly remarried divorcees, unrepentant homosexuals and non-Catholics such as Lutherans. Gullickson, appointed to his post in Switzerland in September, spoke frankly on these topics in a recent interview to the Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger. The 66-year-old archbishop, originally from Sioux Falls

Death Panels Are No Joking Matter Now

December 31, 2015 World News Comments Off

Remember when those who worried about “death panels” were mocked? Well, it’s no joking matter now. Imagine you’re the mom or dad of a 46-year-old former sheriff’s deputy who’s been in the hospital for two months after a non-cancerous mass was found on his pancreas. Imagine further that your son is on a ventilator but can still interact with you and make his wishes known via movements of his hands or head. Imagine that in these interactions your son has clearly said he wants to live. Then consider your son had no health insurance when he went to the hospital, and now, a hospital “ethics committee” has decided it’s time to pull the plug, because further treatment is not “in…Continue Reading

Christian Bakers Say the Government Cleaned Out Their Bank Accounts

December 31, 2015 World News Comments Off

Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone—every single penny. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein’s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for their church tithe. Yes, friends—the state of Oregon stole money meant for our Lord. Mrs. Klein and her husband, Aaron, are devout evangelical Christians who own a mom-and-pop bakery—Sweet Cakes By Melissa.

Greg Burke’s Appointment Signals Beginning of Communications Reform

December 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

After an eighteen-month study and seeking the advice of media experts on reforming the Vatican’s media operation, three Vatican appointments over the past couple of days have signaled the beginning of those reforms. The Holy See announced today that St. Louis native and former Register and Fox News correspondent Greg Burke is to become the new vice director of the Holy See Press Office, replacing San Marino Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini who has served in the role for 20 years. The position has until now involved assisting the press office director in staging press conferences, overseeing administration, and disseminating information, as well as sometimes representing the Holy See in Father Lombardi’s absence. Since June 2012, Burke has served as senior…Continue Reading

Apparently a job in food services doesn’t need to present the Faith

December 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

MILTON, Mass. ( – An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts unlawfully discriminated against an actively homosexual man when it withdrew his job offer upon finding out he’s in a same-sex civil “marriage.” That was the ruling of Norfolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins on Wednesday. The man, Matthew Barrett, had been offered a job as the food services director at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, but that job offer was taken back after he