Archive of May 31, 2013

Religious freedom leader says threats in US are real

May 31, 2013 - 04:42 pm .- The head of a federal commission that promotes religious liberty warned that while threats to religious freedom in the U.S. are not violent, they still pose a serious ‘moral test’ for the country.

Bishops denounce attacks in Central African Republic

May 31, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- A bishop in the Central African Republic is denouncing the plundering and profanations of Church missions in the country, as well as the sexual assaults carried out by Islamists in the rebel militia Seleka.

New Oakland bishop looks to Pope Francis' example

May 31, 2013 - 03:51 pm .- Bishop Michael C. Barber, S.J., was ordained and installed as Bishop of Oakland on May 25, promising to follow Pope Francis' emphasis on caring the poor and the suffering.

Pope closes Mary's month reflecting on her spiritual attitude

May 31, 2013 - 01:10 pm .- After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide, and take action” like Mary did.

Legion of Christ update presented to Pope Francis

May 31, 2013 - 12:04 pm .- The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christ met with Pope Francis on Monday to discuss the progress that has been made in reforming the two religious bodies.

Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

May 31, 2013 - 09:00 am .- Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging believers to spend time praising God so they are not slaves to their sorrows.

Vatican bank president focusing on image change

May 31, 2013 - 08:01 am .- The new head of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion, Ernst von Freyberg, says his main goal is to improve the image so that the Pope’s message remains in the spotlight.

Contraception funding charges inaccurate, NY archdiocese says

May 31, 2013 - 04:03 am .- Responding to media reports, the Archdiocese of New York said that its payments to a labor union fund that goes towards insurance coverage of contraception and abortion are involuntary and do not excuse the federal contraception mandate.

Targeting of crisis pregnancy centers draws sharp criticism

May 31, 2013 - 02:02 am .- A bill introduced in congress allowing the Federal Trade Commission to investigate crisis pregnancy centers has sparked a fiery reaction that abortion clinics warrant far greater scrutiny.

Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

May 31, 2013 - 12:27 am .- Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated.

Study documents abortion's global health threat to women

May 31, 2013 - 12:02 am .- A new study released during the 66th annual World Health Assembly identified and exposed what it claimed to be the harmful and often overlooked impact that abortion has on women's health.

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