Archive of December 18, 2013

Health group slams push for abortion in Catholic hospitals

Dec 18, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- The New York Times was “inaccurate and irresponsible” to claim that Catholic hospitals' refusal to perform abortions threatens pregnant mothers in obstetric emergencies, the Catholic Health Association says.

Bishops of Mexico to celebrate Christmas Mass in prisons

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:17 pm .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City will inaugurate a series of Masses on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in the Mexican capital.

Pope urges Curial officials to hear confessions at local parish

Dec 18, 2013 - 12:09 pm .- Pope Francis has strongly encouraged the bishops and cardinals of the Roman Curia to spend time hearing confessions weekly at a local parish, according to a priest of the church in question, Santo Spirito in Sassia.

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Dec 18, 2013 - 11:33 am .- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14.

Bishop Deeley appointed head of Maine's Portland diocese

Dec 18, 2013 - 10:07 am .- Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Robert Deeley, who has been an auxiliary bishop of Boston for the past year, as bishop of the Diocese of Portland, which serves the state of Maine.

Pope: A Christian refusing to serve others is a 'pagan'

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:41 am .- In his Wednesday general audience this morning, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life.

Minn. auxiliary bishop looks forward to sharing Christ's light

Dec 18, 2013 - 04:07 am .- Bishop Andrew Cozzens, who was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese Dec. 9, is excited that his new ministry will facilitate the spread of Christ's love.

Respond to divorced Catholics with love, theologians urge

Dec 18, 2013 - 02:02 am .- The Catholic Church must reach out to Catholics who are divorced and remarried to let them know they are welcome even if they cannot receive the sacraments, several theologians have noted.

Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Dec 18, 2013 - 01:05 am .- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago.

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