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Cardinal Tobin: Catechism language ‘very unfortunate’ on homosexuality

April 18, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Tobin: Catechism language ‘very unfortunate’ on homosexuality

Newark, N.J., Apr 18, 2019 / 10:54 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Newark said Wednesday that the language used by the Catechism of the Catholic Church to describe homosexual acts is “very unfortunate,” adding that he hopes the Catechism will use different language in its discussion of homosexuality. “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should be without debate is that we are cal

Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral goes up in flames

April 15, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral goes up in flames

PARIS, April 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Paris authorities are battling a fire in the city’s Notre Dame cathedral that broke out Monday, producing massive plumes of smoke billowing from the historic Catholic site. Authorities have cleared the area surrounding the cathedral as they battle flames “leap[ing] out besides its two bell towers,” NBC News reports. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has requested that passersby steer clear of the vicinity until further

Medical students in Africa outraged over U.S. based org enticing them to become abortionists

April 15, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Medical students in Africa outraged over U.S. based org enticing them to become abortionists

UGANDA, April 12, 2019, LifeSiteNews – A U.S. based pro-abortion group that misleadingly calls itself “Catholics for Choice” is enticing unsuspecting medical students in Africa’s most vibrant Catholic countries to become not only abortion promoters but even abortionists, according to medical students who attended a workshop hosted by the organization. Ugandan medical students recently became troubled when they realized too late that a seminar about “reproductive he

Full text of Benedict XVI essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’

April 12, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Full text of Benedict XVI essay: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’
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Vatican City, Apr 10, 2019 / 04:23 pm (CNA).- The following is a previously unpublished essay from Pope emeritus Benedict XVI: On February 21 to 24, at the invitation of Pope Francis, the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences gathered at the Vatican to discuss the current crisis of the faith and of the Church; a crisis experienced throughout the world after shocking revelations of clerical abuse perpetrated against minors. The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed priests as well as lai

“Unplanned” Movie Stays in Top 10 With Surprisingly Strong 2nd Week at Box Office

April 9, 2019 breaking Comments Off on “Unplanned” Movie Stays in Top 10 With Surprisingly Strong 2nd Week at Box Office

The pro-life movie “Unplanned” finished in the Top 10 after a surprisingly strong 8th place finish at the box office this weekend. The film, which opened in theaters nationwide last week, follows the true story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director who became pro-life after watching a baby be aborted on an ultrasound screen. Despite a media blackout, a ‘R’ rating designed to discourage viewers and little coverage outside conservative media circles, “Unplanned” opened in 4th place during its first weekend and it expanded to movie theaters this past weekend. Most movies have a dropoff in ticket sales du

Analysis: In DC, Archbishop Gregory’s promise of honesty will define him

April 7, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Analysis: In DC, Archbishop Gregory’s promise of honesty will define him

Washington D.C., Apr 5, 2019 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Wilton Gregory told Washington Catholics Thursday that “the only way I can serve this local archdiocese is by telling you the truth.” Gregory will be installed as Washington’s archbishop in May, likely bringing to an end the acute crisis the Archdiocese of Washington has faced in recent months, amid pervasive questions about the integrity, and especially the honesty, of its outgoing leader, Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Xuanhua underground bishop Msgr. Cui Tai arrested

April 6, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Xuanhua underground bishop Msgr. Cui Tai arrested

The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of “not following the Vatican’s instructions” and urged the police to arrest him. The faithful and the priests of the diocese are asking Christians worldwide for prayers for a “safe return as soon as possible”. From 2007 onwards, Msgr. Cui Tai has been subjected to continuous detention or house arrest.

Pope Francis Names Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta as New Archbishop of Washington

April 4, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Names Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta as New Archbishop of Washington
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WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory as the new Archbishop of Washington. The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC, on April 4, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, 71, was born on December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Saint Mary at Mundelein Seminary, and completed his doctorate in sacred liturgy in 1980 at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute (Sant’ Anselmo) in Rome. He was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973. On December 13, 1983, he

Pope Francis: God merely ‘permits’ Islam

April 4, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: God merely ‘permits’ Islam

ROME, April 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has further clarified his controversial statement issued in Abu Dhabi, in which he appeared to state that God “wills” the existence of many religions. This appears to contrast with the traditional doctrine of the Catholic Church, which teaches, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, that the “one true religion subsists in the Catholic and Apostolic Church, to which the Lord Jesus committed the duty of spreading it abroad among all men.” The informal clarification came at today’s general audience, as the Pope reflected on his recent trip to Muslim-majority Morocco. In unscripted remarks, he said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square:

Pope Francis says those who build walls ‘become a prisoner’ of them

April 2, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis says those who build walls ‘become a prisoner’ of them

ROME, Italy, April 1, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis criticized governments who make border walls, saying, “He who builds a wall will become a prisoner of the wall he built.” The comment came in response to a question at the Vatican from Spanish journalist Jordi Evole. After thanking the Pope for the “privilege” of the interview, Evole asked, “What do you think of the proposals of some presidents, such as Donald Trump, to raise up a wall between the United States and