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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

Cardinal Burke Inspires National Rosary Campaign to Storm Heaven

December 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 17, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — On December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the launch of The Jubilee Year of Mercy, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke celebrated Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Mass and rosary prayed by His Eminence marked the official inauguration of the newly inspired national Rosary Campaign dubbed “Operation Storm Heaven” which Cardinal Burke is leading. The campaign is an initiative of Catholic Action for Faith and Family and aims to rally one million Catholics to pray the rosary on the first day of each month throughout the year. The specific intentions set forth by the Campaign under the guidance of Cardinal Burke will be united with the personal…Continue Reading

Feds Can’t Locate Thousands Who Had Visas Revoked Over Terrorism Concerns

December 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

The United States has revoked 122,000 visas – 9,500 over terrorism concerns – since 2001, but doesn’t know where all those former visa-holders are, according to congressional testimony on Thursday. Michele Thoren Bond, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, was grilled before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Republican Chairman Jason Chaffetz charged, “You don’t have a clue, do you?” When asked where those people currently are, Bond admitted, “I don’t know.”  

50 Vatican Journalists, Authors Join in Creating ‘The Vocabulary of Pope Francis’

December 17, 2015 World News Comments Off

Voices Examining Pontiff Letter by Letter Include Cardinals Parolin, Ravasi, Archbishop Celli, Fr. Spadaro  Deborah Castellano Lubov |  Dec 16 |  Wouldn’t it be great to look up a word in the dictionary to see its significance and application during a pontificate? Well, this was the vision behind Salesian Father Antonio Carriero’s creation, “The Vocabulary of Pope Francis,” published by Elledici on the eve of the Jubilee Year. This work also includes presentations by the Pope’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin; Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture; Mgr. Nunzio Galantino, secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference; and Father Antonio Spadaro, director of la Civiltà Cattolica. The 300-page work, available in Italian,…Continue Reading

Republican Spending Deal Allows Funding of Planned Parenthood

December 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 16, 2015 | 5:15 PM EST ( – The 2,009 page fiscal 2016 spending deal that the Republican House leadership released today authorizes $1,205,146,000,000 in federal outlays between now and the end of fiscal 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and it does not prohibit funding of Planned Parenthood, according to the House Appropriations Committee.

Pope Francis urges action after Paris climate agreement reached

December 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

by Elise Harris Vatican City, Dec 13, 2015 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis commended world leaders for reaching an agreement in the recently-concluded Paris climate talks, urging the international community promptly put it into action. “The conference on climate has just concluded in Paris with the adoption of an agreement, defined by many as historic,” the Pope said Dec. 13. Implementing the plan, he said, will require “a concerted and generous commitment on the part of each one,” and exp

Clergy have consciences, too

December 12, 2015 World News Comments Off

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is not a heretic. Although that adjective is being tossed his way with some frequency these days, there is no evidence that Cupich doubts or denies some doctrine that must be believed with divine and Catholic faith (1983 CIC 751) and so he is not, as far as I can see, a heretic. But if Cupich really has, as reported here, doubled down on his earlier intimations that, among others, divorced-and-remarried Catholics and Catholics living in ‘same-sex marriages’ should, and must be allowed to, ‘follow their conscience’ even if their conscience leads them to the proverbial communion rail, then he is misrepresenting Church teaching on marriage—which holds marriage to be a permanent union between a man…Continue Reading

Michigan mom freaks out: Prayer room for Muslims at Catholic school ‘undermines’ my child’s faith

December 12, 2015 World News Comments Off

Saying “We don’t discriminate based on race, creed, color,” the principal of a Catholic school in Michigan defended allowing Muslim students to use a so-called “sacred space” on the campus for their daily prayers despite complaints from parents. According to WXYZ, parents of some students attending Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills were surprised to find that the school offers a prayer room for students of other faiths attending the Catholic school. “When the question was ‘Is there a place that I can pray?’, the answer that evolved was yes,” explained school president John Birney. “We have this ‘sacred space’ available for you if you want it.”