Archive of July 8, 2013

Bishops say concerns remain over final contraception mandate

Jul 8, 2013 - 06:13 pm .- After an initial analysis of the finalized HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops are warning that despite changes, the regulation still threatens the Church’s ability “to carry out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.”  

Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, Pope says

Jul 8, 2013 - 03:14 pm .- Seeking to “reawaken” consciences, Pope Francis visited an Italian island which is the destination of African emigrants and said that the “culture of comfort” makes us ignore the suffering of others.

Consistory to pick canonization dates could be in September

Jul 8, 2013 - 02:19 pm .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office says the consistory of cardinals which will discuss the canonization of Bl. John XXIII and Bl. John Paul II may be held in September, with the ceremony taking place a few months later.

Chilean archbishop donates inheritance to help college students

Jul 8, 2013 - 11:03 am .- The archbishop of Concepcion, Chile, has donated a $50,000 inheritance to a Catholic university in the city to establish a food scholarship in memory of his late aunt.

Murdered Syrian priest's friend feels closeness of martyrdom

Jul 8, 2013 - 10:00 am .- Franciscan Friar Ibrahim Alsabagh says that remembering the June 23 killing of his friend, a Syrian priest, at a Mass in Rome made him feel “bitter, happy, and a little bit of envy," as well as "how close martyrdom is."

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