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President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

October 14, 2017 World News Comments Off on President Trump: Our ‘religious heritage’ will be ‘cherished, protected, and defended’

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump said this morning that his administration is “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values” in a rousing speech at the Values Voter Summit. In his first major speech to a socially conservative conference since his election, Trump addressed parental rights, religious liberty, the right to life, and the importance of God over government. “This morning, I am honored and thrilled to return” as

Capuchin Priest Who Ministered Under Soviet Rule Moves Closer to Sainthood

October 12, 2017 World News Comments Off on Capuchin Priest Who Ministered Under Soviet Rule Moves Closer to Sainthood

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis advanced nine causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years. Father Serafin Kaszuba was born June 17, 1910, in Zamarstynów, near Lviv, in what was then part of Austria-Hungary. Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtues Oct. 9, meaning the priest can now be referred to as “Venerable.” Born Alojzy Kazimierz, Father Serafin entered the Capuchin novitiate in Poland at the age of 18. He made perpetual vows in 1932 and was ordained a priest the following year. He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan

October 11, 2017 World News Comments Off on Notre Dame student fears losing birth control coverage under university health plan

The Trump administration’s plan to roll back mandatory insurance coverage for birth control faces a new federal court challenge. Washington state’s attorney general sued Monday to stop the new rules from taking effect. California and Massachusetts have already filed similar complaints. Last week, the administration said it’s changing the Obamacare requirement that health plans cover contraception. It wants to exempt any non-government employer with a “religious or moral objection.” Because of the Catholic Church’s strict sta

European Nation to Unite in Prayer for Its Salvation

October 8, 2017 World News Comments Off on European Nation to Unite in Prayer for Its Salvation

On Saturday, October 7, up to one million Poles are expected to line the country’s border to pray the rosary. They will be joined in prayer by many others in Poland and throughout the world. This extraordinary display of public faith is perhaps not imaginable in any other country in the 21st century — but it has a specific purpose and takes place on a profoundly significant date.

A big-money Catholic group just said it’s yanking all of its cash out of fossil fuels

October 3, 2017 World News Comments Off on A big-money Catholic group just said it’s yanking all of its cash out of fossil fuels

A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions on Tuesday announced a decision to pull their money from — or block future investment in — fossil fuels. The Global Catholic Climate Movement called it the biggest collective announcement of divestment by Catholic organizations ever. The group comes from all over the world — they include financial institutions such as Germany’s Bank für Kirche und Caritas eG, and the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, which is the policy arm of the Catholic church in th

Cardinal Burke Returned to Vatican Court, but not as Prefect

October 1, 2017 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Burke Returned to Vatican Court, but not as Prefect

VATICAN CITY, September 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews): Pope Francis has reinstated Cardinal Burke as a member of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. Cardinal Burke, dismissed as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura nearly three years ago, has been appointed to the court alongside Archbishop Frans Daneels, Bishop Willibrordus Maria Hendriks, Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli and Cardinal Agostino Vallini. According to the Rorate Caeli blog, Cardinal B

Cardinal Burke to offer Mass at conference exactly 100 years after major Fatima miracle

October 1, 2017 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Burke to offer Mass at conference exactly 100 years after major Fatima miracle

BUCKFAST ABBEY, United Kingdom, September 29, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Exactly 100 years after the “miracle of the sun” at Fatima, Cardinal Raymond Burke will offer Mass at a Marian conference celebrating the centennial of the messages of Our Lady to pray the rosary, do penance for sins, and consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three peasant children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. “Russia will spread her errors

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POPE AND CARDINAL A ‘CARICATURE’ SAYS BURKE, BUT CATHOLICS WANT CLEARER PRESENTATION OF DOCTRINE

September 27, 2017 World News Comments Off on RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POPE AND CARDINAL A ‘CARICATURE’ SAYS BURKE, BUT CATHOLICS WANT CLEARER PRESENTATION OF DOCTRINE

‘I find universally that there’s a great deal of confusion, also people feeling that the Church is not a secure point of reference’ Cardinal Raymond Burke has told an Australian newspaper that media portrayals of his relationship with Pope Francis are “a caricature” but that many Catholics feel confusion, “even a certain bewilderment”, about the Church’s teaching and were seeking a much stronger presentation of Catholic doctrine. In an interview with Jordan Grantham of Parramatta diocese’s ‘Catholic Outlook’ online news service on 21 September, the American Cardinal said the media misunderstood Pope Francis as the agent of some revolution in the Church. “… But the successor of

Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations

September 27, 2017 World News Comments Off on Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations

After a series of speaking appearances were canceled in recent weeks, Jesuit Fr. James Martin received a fresh offer Friday from Cardinal Blase Cupich to address his Chicago archdiocese over two nights during the coming Lenten season. The Windy City invite caps a turbulent week where Martin defended himself — as did two bishops and multiple Catholic commentators — against far-right Catholic groups that launched online campaigns seeking the best-selling author’s removal from talks due to disapproval with his recent book on LGBT Catholics. Those efforts most 

Pope Francis, Fr. Martin, and Faith without Reason

September 26, 2017 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis, Fr. Martin, and Faith without Reason

As anyone who follows things Catholic knows, a “filial correction” of Pope Francis was made public yesterday. The document, initially signed by forty scholars, priests, and bishops, had been delivered privately to the pope in July. No response was forthcoming. So the signers – now numbering sixty-two – decided to make known the seven points on which they believe the pope – wittingly or not – has taught or permitted heresy. Those seven points have been discussed in several places earlier. You can read them for yourself here – and should. The arguments are worth study. They all stem, of course, from what we’re told Amoris laetitia says about people who are divorced and remarried without an annulment.