Archive of October 17, 2013

US bishops welcome end of government shutdown

Oct 17, 2013 - 07:08 pm .- The end of a two-week shutdown of the federal government was welcomed by both the U.S. bishops and President Barack Obama, both speaking to the harm caused to the American people by the stalemate.

Academics call religion vital to a well-functioning society

Oct 17, 2013 - 05:07 pm .- Although different belief systems create varying ideas on what's best for a nation, religious freedom is essential for the maintenance of a just and thriving society, academics said at a recent D.C. event.

Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Oct 17, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of marriage, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England has said.  

Priests cannot live chastity without prayer, cardinal stresses

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:04 pm .- Amid news of sexual misconduct by two local bishops, the Archbishop of Lima says chastity is impossible without prayer and that the priesthood is a treasure that should be safeguarded with fidelity.

Do not reduce the faith to 'moralistic' ideology, Pope warns

Oct 17, 2013 - 09:12 am .- During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the importance of prayer in staying open to God.

Oklahoma City archbishop reveals five-year discipleship plan

Oct 17, 2013 - 04:10 am .- In an Oct. 7 pastoral letter entitled “Go Make Disciples,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City offered to the members of his archdiocese a multi-year vision of holiness and mission.  

Springfield diocese offering free legal aid to those in need

Oct 17, 2013 - 02:03 am .- An Illinois diocese is launching a volunteer legal services program for the poor in need of legal counsel for civil matters, its bishop announced.

Health and development non-profit expands work to Peru

Oct 17, 2013 - 12:31 am .- An Arizona-based international development organization has announced its expansion into Peru to help impoverished rural families who live near the famous Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

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