Archive of November 19, 2013

South Sudanese bishops praise national progress, urge reform

Nov 19, 2013 - 05:09 pm .- The  bishops of South Sudan find “much to celebrate” in the newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern.

Colombians pray for baby girl who awoke in morgue

Nov 19, 2013 - 12:44 pm .- Colombians are joining together to pray and offer Masses for a 26 week-old baby who was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after birth but awoke after ten hours in the morgue.

Illinois bishop to pray publicly in reparation for gay marriage law

Nov 19, 2013 - 11:55 am .- Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has scheduled prayers of supplication and exorcism as reparation for the state's adoption of a law legalizing same-sex marriage.

Pope Francis names new Fort Worth, Texas bishop

Nov 19, 2013 - 10:04 am .- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Michael F. Olson as the new bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, setting the priest on the path to become the second youngest bishop to head a diocese in the U.S.

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Nov 19, 2013 - 05:23 am .- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.

Greatest obstacles to evangelization are 'our own hearts'

Nov 19, 2013 - 04:06 am .- In the fight to eradicate material problems such as poverty and drugs, we must work to remove the spiritual obstacles in our own hearts, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

US recognizes Boko Haram as terrorist group

Nov 19, 2013 - 02:04 am .- After lengthy advocacy from both human rights and Christian groups, the U.S. State Department has officially designated the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.

Human resources review expected in Vatican departments

Nov 19, 2013 - 12:04 am .- At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.

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