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Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be made Roman Catholic saint Sept. 4 – pope

March 15, 2016 World News Comments Off

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday. Last December, he cleared the way for sainthood for the Nobel peace laureate, who died in 1997 at the age of 87 and was known as “saint of the gutters”. Teresa, who was born Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents in 1910 in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire and is now Macedonia, became an international figure but was also accused of trying to convert people to Christianity.

University of Notre Dame to give ‘most prestigious’ award to pro-abort Joe Biden

March 9, 2016 World News Comments Off

March 8, 2016 (CardinalNewmanSociety) — Seven years after the University of Notre Dame received worldwide criticism for its public honor to pro-abortion President Barack Obama — including more than 367,000 signatures to The Cardinal Newman Society’s online petition and public opposition by 83 American Catholic bishops — Notre Dame has once again chosen to betray the Church and its Catholic mission. Notre Dame has announced that it will bestow its 2016 Laetare Medal, the “oldest and most prestigious honor accorded to American Catholics,” on pro-abortion Vice President Joe Biden. This time, however, the offense is even greater: a pro-abortion Catholic politician is being honored as one “whose geniu

Canada Proposes Forcing Doctors and Nurses to Euthanize Patients

March 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

I have never seen a society jump so enthusiastically into the abyss that is the culture of death as Canada has in the last year. Once the Supreme Court ended the assisted suicide debate by fiat, euthanasia boosters stopped pretending to want a limited death license and let their true agenda out. Based on government and medical association proposed guidelines, Canada’s euthanasia regime will soon include: Death on demand for those with medically diagnosed serious sicknesses; Death on demand for those with disabilities; Death on demand for those with  medically diagnosed mental illnesses. Death on demand for “mature” children with the above conditions, perhaps with parental consent required; Nurses ordered to participate in euthanasia under the direction of a doctor, normalizing…Continue Reading

Card. Napier on Richards Invite: Georgetown Committed to ‘Political Correctness’ Rather Than Fidelity to the Church

March 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, took to Twitter to criticize the administration of Georgetown University for inviting Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak on campus this April, and said students and staff should take a firm stance in defense of life. The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news on March 2 that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to campus. The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.” The next day, the University issued a statement defending its decision to allow Richards to speak on…Continue Reading

Archdiocese: Georgetown Invite of Richards Reflects Campus Environment Lacking ‘Morality, Ethics and Human Decency’

March 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

In a statement sent to The Cardinal Newman Society Monday night, the Archdiocese of Washington responded to the controversy surrounding the invite of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) President Cecile Richards to speak to students and staff at Georgetown University next month, criticizing the invitation and what it suggests about the campus culture at the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. The Newman Society broke the news on March 2 that the Lecture Fund at Georgetown invited Richards to campus. The Lecture Fund “is a non-partisan student-run organization that exists to enrich the academic experience of the Georgetown community. The Lecture Fund strives to bring speakers to Georgetown’s campus to enlighten, educate and, occasionally, entertain.” – See more at:…Continue Reading

Non-Catholics invited to the confessional

March 5, 2016 World News Comments Off

The Roman Catholic Church is inviting non-Catholics to sample the experience of going to confession in an effort to promote the idea of forgiveness. As part of a global 24-hour “confession drive” led by Pope Francis this weekend, churches in England and Wales are also encouraging non-Catholics to go to confessionals to speak in strict confidence to a priest about problems or issues in their own lives.

Four nuns of Mother Teresa slain by gunmen in Yemen

March 5, 2016 World News Comments Off

Four gunmen attacked an old people’s home in the Yemeni port of Aden on Friday, killing at least 15 people, including four Missionaries of Charity nuns of Mother Teresa, the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia told the Vatican’s Fides news agency. The Vicariate said two of the slain nuns were from Rwanda and one each from India and Kenya. One nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a store room. The gunmen, who first told the guard they were on a visit to their mother, stormed into the home with rifles and opened fire, one local official said. As well as the nuns, the dead included two Yemeni women working at…Continue Reading

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church confirms communion with Rome: “what no totalitarian regime could break”

March 5, 2016 World News Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) On Saturday Pope Francis met with leaders of the Permanent Synod of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church. His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevhchuk affirmed communion with the Catholic Church despite a century of persecution inflicted by totalitarian regimes. Suffering in Ukraine included wars, genocides, a state-planned famine, and ethnic cleansing, all claiming some 15 million lives. Suffering continues in Ukraine for which the Permanent Synod seeks the Holy Father’s support. The statement of the Permanent Synod is reproduced below in full: As Pastors We Speak Out on Behalf of Our People Before the Holy Father and Before the World: “Pope Francis heard us.” “We came to reaffirm our communion with the Holy Father and to ask for his help for the…Continue Reading

Beyond Galling . . . Bishop pride has run amok and there’s no mercy for the faithful.

March 1, 2016 World News Comments Off

Is there no limit to the hubris and egos of some American bishops? It has arrived at a place that is beyond galling. Fifty-nine-year-old Bp. Joseph Tyson of Yakima, Washington (who has rarely demonstrated any friendliness or respect for pro-lifers in his diocese) has done it again — and this time his insult goes far beyond the borders of his own diocese. A pro-life mobile medical unit that drives around and places itself in front of abortion chambers to provide pregnancy testing and ultrasounds for abortion-minded women had a fundraiser dinner this past weekend to raise money for a second unit.

Historic Chicago church gets new owner, restoration plan

February 29, 2016 World News Comments Off

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago on Sunday announced it has transferred ownership of a shrine ravaged by a fire in October to the community of priests that has rented the historic building since 2008. The Shrine of Christ the King, at 64th Street and Woodlawn Avenue, had been slated for demolition after church leaders estimated restoration costs at about $3 million. The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, which has an office next to the charred church building, said it will immediately begin to stabilize the church and plans a full restoration. “We’re rebuilding a center that has brought peace and goodness to the neighborhood,” said the Rev. Matthew L. Talarico, the institute’s provincial superior in the U.S.,…Continue Reading