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Bernie Sanders accepts Pope Francis’ invitation to speak at Vatican conference

April 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making a one-of-a-kind campaign stop — at the Vatican. The Vermont senator was invited out of the blue Friday by Pope Francis to speak at an April 15 church conference on social, economic and environmental issues. Sanders will then return to New York for the final days of campaigning before the April

Card. Schönborn: Reconciliation key to ‘accompaniment’

April 8, 2016 World News Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ post-Synodal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on “The Joy of Love”, was officially released to the public at noon on Friday. Presenting the highly anticipated document in the Press Office of the Holy See were Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri – Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops – and Christoph Schönborn – Archbishop of Vienna and a leading Father of both the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2014 and the Ordinary Assembly that followed in 2015. Cardinal Schönborn spoke exclusively with Vatican Radio ahead of the press conference, saying that the Holy Father’s desire in writing the exhortation was to give expression to the Church’s confidence in the family as intended by God in his design…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke rebukes Notre Dame for honoring pro-abort Joe Biden

April 7, 2016 World News Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA, April 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The University of Notre Dame’s decision to give Vice President Joe Biden their highest award is scandalous and undermines the Church’s teaching on life and marriage, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview published today. Speaking with Catholic Action for Faith and Family’s Thomas McKenna, Cardinal Burke said the invitation represents what Pope Saint John Paul II, in his apostolic exhortation on the laity, called “one of the greatest evils of our time” – that is, the tendency of Catholics to separate their faith from their daily living

David Daleiden’s home raided

April 6, 2016 World News Comments Off

State attorney general seizes videos behind Planned Parenthood sting The following comes from an April 5 Los Angeles Times article by Paige St. John: Agents from state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office searched the apartment of David Daleiden, the antiabortion activist whose controversial hidden camera videos last summer accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue. The Tuesday afternoon search was announced by Daleiden’s Center for Medical Progress, which posted a protest on its Facebook page. The organization said Harris’ officers seized video files from Daleiden’s apartment as well as personal information. In the post, Daleiden said his “First Amendment work product” was taken, a reference to his claim that  

Pope’s exhortation will focus on ‘dialogue’, says Vatican

April 6, 2016 World News Comments Off

Pope Francis’s document on the family, published on Friday, will be a call to dialogue, according to a Vatican “reading guide” sent to bishops around the world. The apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, follows two synods on the family. It is expected to discuss the question of whether divorced and remarried couples should be invited to take communion. The reading guide, issued by the Vatican’s office for the Synod of Bishops, says that the exhortation will be “first and foremost a pastoral document”.

Notre Dame Hits Another Low . . . Wendy Davis Hypes Abortion At Notre Dame On Feast Of The Annunciation

April 6, 2016 World News Comments Off

Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation on Monday, when the Virgin Mary said “yes” to God and Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit. But at the University of Notre Dame, a number of students spent Monday night on campus listening to former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis describe the benefits for women of choosing abortion or using contraception. During Mass on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to open their hearts to God and to say “yes” to his message of salvation. “Mary’s ‘yes’ opens the door to Jesus’ ‘yes’: I have come to do Your will, this is the ‘yes’ that Jesus carries with him throughout his life, until the cross,”…Continue Reading

120 major business leaders team up with gay lobby to pressure North Carolina

April 2, 2016 World News Comments Off

RALEIGH, April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a situation reminiscent of last year’s religious freedom fight in Indiana, and the more recent one last week in Georgia, powerful politicians and CEOs across America are teaming up with the LGBT lobby to pressure North Carolina to overturn its new law protecting privacy in restrooms and similar facilities. Inside the state, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has refused to back down on his signature of the measure, despite pressure from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is running a campaign against McCrory. The Republican governor signed the law last week after a statewide outcry against a Charlotte ordinance requiring all businesses

Joe Biden: ‘I Happen to be a Practicing Catholic’

March 31, 2016 World News Comments Off

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 30, 2016 | 4:15 PM EDT Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast on March 30, 2016. (Screen Capture) (CNSNews.com) – In a speech introducing President Barack Obama at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, Vice President Joe Biden said that “we all practice the same basic faith.” “We all practice the same basic faith but different faiths,” said Biden. “I happen to be a practicing Catholic, and I grew up learning from the nuns and the priests who

Poll: Only 50 percent of Italians call themselves Catholic

March 30, 2016 World News Comments Off

ROME (RNS) Italy may be the spiritual home of 1.2 billion members of the Catholic Church around the world, but a new poll shows only 50 percent of Italians consider themselves Catholic. The poll, published in the liberal daily L’Unita on Tuesday (March 29), challenges long-held perceptions that Italy is a ”Catholic” country, despite the popularity of Pope Francis and the historic role of the Vatican City State in the heart of Rome. In addition to the 50 percent who consider themselves Catholic, the poll, conducted in Italy by research firm SWG, found that 13 percent defined themselves as “Christian.” Of the 1,500 respondents, 4 percent said they were Orthodox or Protestant, 2 percent were Buddhist, 1 percent were Jewish and…Continue Reading

Bishop Hebda named archbishop of Twin Cities archdiocese

March 24, 2016 World News Comments Off

The Rev. Bernard Hebda has been named archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, church officials announced Thursday morning. Hebda has been the acting leader of the archdiocese since June 15, after Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned in the wake of a clergy sex abuse scandal, a series of related lawsuits and investigations, and a bankruptcy filing. Hebda, 56, was appointed Thursday morning by Pope Francis. Hebda said he was “humbled by this expression of Pope Francis’s confidence and honored to serve this Archdiocese with its rich history and its long tradition of extraordinary priests, zealous religious and empowered laity, all working to put their faith into action.”