Archive of November 7, 2013

Bl Junipero Serra biography ignores priest's heroism, critic says

Nov 7, 2013 - 08:07 pm .- A new biography of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who founded many Catholic missions in 18th century California, shows “incomprehension” of its subject and wrongly minimizes his heroism, one reviewer says.

Catholic scholars voice concern over Common Core curriculum

Nov 7, 2013 - 05:56 pm .- More than 130 leading Catholic scholars have signed a letter to the U.S. bishops criticizing the Common Core State Standards for school curricula, warning that the core philosophy will “undermine Catholic education.”

Pope's words should be read in context of the Church, scholar says

Nov 7, 2013 - 03:46 pm .- In a new column for CNA, a theology professor and author says that the Pope’s recent interviews need to be understood in light of his missionary vision for the Church rather than as individual declarations.

Legion of Christ general counselor resigns

Nov 7, 2013 - 11:39 am .- Father Deomar De Guedes has resigned as a general counselor of the Legionaries of Christ, citing a lack of energy to confront the challenges of the position.  

God is one who searches for the lost, Pope Francis says

Nov 7, 2013 - 11:28 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the parables of the lost sheep and coin from the day’s readings, stressing that God has a special love for sinners who are lost.

Centuries later, Bernini's angels captivate amid restoration

Nov 7, 2013 - 11:08 am .- Artists restoring key sculptures in the Vatican Museums, including some by famed Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stress that the figures are rich in history and treasures in a “throw-away” culture.

Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Nov 7, 2013 - 09:20 am .- Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days, which will mark a spiritual preparation for the international event to be held in Krakow in 2016.

Supreme Court case examines prayer at public meetings

Nov 7, 2013 - 04:11 am .- A case before the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the ability of a town in New York to open meetings with prayer, and could have broader implications for religious identity in government settings.

Pornography, liturgy among topics at upcoming bishops' meeting

Nov 7, 2013 - 02:24 am .- When bishops from across the country gather in Baltimore next week, they will consider issuing a formal statement on pornography and discuss a Spanish translation of Mass prayers, among other issues.

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Nov 7, 2013 - 12:02 am .- At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, who for years was particular secretary to the former Pope.  

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