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Pope Francis celebrates a Filipino Christmas tradition at the Vatican

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2019 / 10:00 am (CNA).- On Gaudete Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated a Filipino Christmas tradition in St. Peter’s Basilica -- the Simbang Gabi Christmas novena. “In the..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: Advent is a time of conversion

Vatican City, Dec 15, 2019 / 05:30 am (CNA).- As Pope Francis blessed children's nativity scene figurines Sunday, the pope said that the Advent season is a time of conversion to make space in one’s..
CNA - Published

Costa Rican president signs decree to allow some abortions

San José, Costa Rica, Dec 15, 2019 / 03:22 am (CNA).- Costa Rica's president on Dec. 12 issued a technical decree that defines the conditions under which a doctor may perform an abortion when doctors..
CNA - Published

‘Adopt a family’ of Christian refugees in Lebanon this Christmas

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 14, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- As Lebanon’s economic crisis worsens, a Lebanese priest is asking for people to spiritually and charitably adopt a persecuted Christian refugee family..
CNA - Published

Did ‘thousands’ of women die from illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade? WaPo says no

Washington D.C., Dec 14, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- In its 2019 roundup of the biggest lies of the year (dubbed the biggest ‘Pinocchios’), the Washington Post included a false but oft-repeated claim..
CNA - Published

New Jersey bishop opposes contraception bill removing religious exemption

Metuchen, N.J., Dec 13, 2019 / 08:40 pm (CNA).- A New Jersey bishop is calling on legislators to amend a bill that would force religious groups to fund contraceptive coverage for their employees, even..
CNA - Published

For Gaza Christians, no Christmas travels to Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Dec 13, 2019 / 06:30 pm (CNA).- Church leaders in Jerusalem are appealing to Israeli authorities to reverse a decision that prohibits the Christmastime travel permits that usually allow a..
CNA - Published

Group of South Sudanese clerics, laity reject Juba archbishop appointment

Juba, South Sudan, Dec 13, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- A group of three priests and five laymen from the Archdiocese of Juba wrote Thursday to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples protesting..
CNA - Published

‘A Hidden Life’ brings story of Bl. Franz Jaggerstatter and his wife to the big screen

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2019 / 05:27 pm (CNA).- A new film opening this weekend tells the story of Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, whose refusal to fight for the Nazis in World War II led to his imprisonment..
CNA - Published

Bishops condemn antisemitism after New Jersey shooting

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2019 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday condemned the antisemitic shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City earlier this week, reiterating the..
CNA - Published

‘No logical connection’ between celibacy and abuse, CDF official says

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2019 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of the abuse crisis.  In an essay..
CNA - Published

Bishop Conley announces medical leave of absence from Lincoln diocese

Lincoln, Neb., Dec 13, 2019 / 12:34 pm (CNA).- Bishop James Conley announced Friday that he is taking a medical leave of absence from his ministry as Bishop of Lincoln, Neb. “I have been medically..
CNA - Published

US bishops in Rome ask Pope Francis about McCarrick report

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2019 / 09:56 am (CNA).- American bishops from the Midwest met with Pope Francis this week with questions about the outcome of the Vatican’s investigation of Theodore..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis celebrates 50th ordination anniversary by honoring his mentor

Vatican City, Dec 13, 2019 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Fifty years ago on Dec. 13, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained a Jesuit priest in Argentina. As pope, he will celebrate his ordination anniversary Friday..
CNA - Published

Senior Victoria cops said Pell investigation could distract from major police scandal

Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Senior police officials in the Australian state of Victoria discussed by email the way that their 2014 investigation into Cardinal George Pell could..
CNA - Published

Man charged with burning down New Jersey parish (NorthJersey.com)

The parish, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, is located in Franklin Lakes, a town of 11,000.
Catholic Culture - Published

Priest, ex-spokesman for 9 Indian dioceses, arrested, accused of fraud (CNS)

Father Anand Muttungal, 47, has been charged with “cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust,” according to the report.
Catholic Culture - Published

Illinois court dismisses Catholic school principal's retaliatory discharge claim (Religion Clause)

Mary Rehfield sued the Diocese of Joliet in 2017. She alleged she was fired “because she had reported threatening conduct from a parent to the police” and that diocesan officials were “making her..
Catholic Culture - Published

No eulogies at funeral Masses, Cardinal Cupich affirms (National Catholic Reporter)

“Eulogies, stories, and favorite songs are most appropriately shared during this time of visitation at the Evening Vigil,” the Archdiocese of Chicago’s revised guidelines state. During the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Chaldean patriarch calls for muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq (AP)

“It’s not normal to celebrate our joy and happiness while others are dying,” said Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, referring to the killing of hundreds of demonstrators.
Catholic Culture - Published

Independent abortion clinics bemoan their shrinking numbers (National Right to Life News)

The number of independent abortion clinics in the US—that is, those not affiliated with Planned Parenthood, hospitals, or physician’s offices—has fallen over 32% since 2012.
Catholic Culture - Published

USCCB awards $1.6M to projects in Central, Eastern Europe (USCCB)

A subcommittee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has granted funds to 100 projects in 22 formerly Communist nations. The grants are funded by a collection that is taken up in many dioceses on..
Catholic Culture - Published

'Avoid ecumenical Christmas celebrations during the Advent season,' Indonesian archbishop advises (UCANews)

“A number of Catholics attend many ecumenical Christmas celebrations held by clans from early December,” said Archbishop Kornelius Sipayung of Medan. “This has seen the number of Catholics..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope calls idea of declaring Mary co-redemptrix 'foolishness' (Crux)

Pope Francis made the comment during his Spanish-language homily at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (video, booklet).
Catholic Culture - Published

CDF official: No link between celibacy or homosexuality and pedophilia (Revista Palabra (Spanish))

While denying a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “a certain homosexual subculture..
Catholic Culture - Published

Prelate foresees 'hard times' for Church in Lebanon (Aid to the Church in Need)

“We are living like in an earthquake,” said Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop George Bacouni of Beirut, the capital of the Middle Eastern nation of 6.1 million (map). “We’re facing enormous..
Catholic Culture - Published

Austrian bishop joins Archbishop Viganò in denouncing pro-LGBT concert at Vienna cathedral (LifeSite News)

Bishop Andreas Laun, OSFS, 77, is the retired auxiliary bishop of Salzburg.
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope marks 50th anniversary of priestly ordination (Vatican News)

Born in 1936, the future Pope Francis entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 and was ordained to the priesthood on December 13, 1969. Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, president of the US..
Catholic Culture - Published

No permits for Gaza residents to visit shrines for Christmas (AsiaNews)

Christian residents of the Gaza Strip will not be allowed permission to visit Bethlehem or Jerusalem during the Christmas season. The Israeli army has announced that residents of Gaza, currently..
Catholic Culture - Published

Cardinal Turkson sees Greta Thunberg as model for Catholic social teaching (Crux)

Cardinal Peter Turkson, the prefect of the dicastery for Integral Human Development, praised Greta Thunberg as “a great witness to what the Church teaches on the care of the environment and the care..
Catholic Culture - Published

Jews return to prayer near mosque on Temple Mount (Jerusalem Post)

Jewish worshippers have been allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, despite a longstanding agreement that sets the site aside for Muslims, the Jerusalem Post reports. The paper reports that police are..
Catholic Culture - Published

God's works are unpredictable, Pope tells musicians (Vatican Press Office)

The Incarnation is a “disconcerting mystery,” Pope Francis observed during a December 13 audience with musicians who will take part in the Vatican’s Christmas concert. He thanked the musicians..
Catholic Culture - Published

Avoid condescension toward those in need, Pope says (Vatican News)

Speaking on December 13 to French representatives of groups involved in the Divine Mercy devotion, Pope Francis said that true Christian charity entails respect for, and solidarity with, the people in..
Catholic Culture - Published

Did Australian police use Pell investigation to distract from internal scandal? (CNA)

An investigation into abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell was seen by senior police officials as a way to shift attention from a major scandal brewing in the police department itself. In an..
Catholic Culture - Published

How the blind can 'see' Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 12, 2019 / 07:10 pm (CNA).- Just inside the entrance to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is a small area with a bas-relief sculpture of the Virgin Mary..
CNA - Published

Lebanese bishops concerned about Christian emigration

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 12, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA).-   As anti-government protests continue in Lebanon, the country’s economic crisis is worsening. Banks have imposed restrictions on withdrawals and..
CNA - Published

Cardinal Sako orders muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, Dec 12, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Christmas celebrations among Iraqi Christians will be subdued this year in a show of solidarity with anti-government protesters.  “Morally and..
CNA - Published

Pontifical Academy for Life hosts interreligious discussion on palliative care

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 04:56 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life held an international symposium this week on medical ethics and palliative care, hosted together with the WISH..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: Our Lady of Guadalupe is 'woman, mother, and mestiza'

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis celebrated Dec. 12 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at which the pope mentioned that through the..
CNA - Published

Senate passes resolution recognizing Armenian Genocide

Washington D.C., Dec 12, 2019 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, after several previous attempts to do so were blocked at the direction of..
CNA - Published

International pro-choice groups launch abortion hotline for Poles

Warsaw, Poland, Dec 12, 2019 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- A coalition of abortion advocacy groups has launched a hotline service to inform Polish women on how to procure abortion inside and outside of the..
CNA - Published

Women African judges meet at Vatican to tackle 'plague' of human trafficking

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 02:25 pm (CNA).- A group of around 50 women judges and prosecutors engaged in the fight against human trafficking and organized crime in Africa is meeting at the Vatican..
CNA - Published

German bishops commit to “newly assessing” Catholic doctrine on homosexuality and sexual morality

Munich, Germany, Dec 12, 2019 / 02:10 pm (CNA).- The German bishops’ conference has committed to “newly assessing” the universal Church’s teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general,..
CNA - Published

White House summit on family leave follows new House bill

Washington D.C., Dec 12, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The White House hosted a summit on paid leave Thursday, hours after the House passed a bill with 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal..
CNA - Published

Six California dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse investigation

Sacramento, Calif., Dec 12, 2019 / 11:33 am (CNA).- The office of California's attorney general has informed six dioceses in the state that they will be issued subpoenas as part of a review of child..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: The world needs peacemakers open to dialogue, forgiveness

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 10:15 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ message for the 2020 World Day of Peace released Thursday calls for openness to dialogue, commitment to forgiveness, and an ecological..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis taps Minnesota farm boy to lead Sioux Falls diocese

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 04:42 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul Joseph Swain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and appointed Minnesota priest Fr. Donald Edward..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: 'Holiness is the true light of the Church'

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the Church. “Holiness permeates and always..
CNA - Published

Fact or fiction? Nine popular myths about Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 12, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- In the 500 years since Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, the image of Our Lady has become the subject of several popular myths and legends, especially..
CNA - Published

'10 facts about atheists' (Pew Forum)

4% of Americans now describe themselves as atheist (up from 2% in 2009), and the typical American atheist is a 34-year-old white man. Western and Central Europeans are far more likely to describe..
Catholic Culture - Published

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