Archive of December 19, 2013

Duck Dynasty suspension over gay comments sparks criticism

Dec 19, 2013 - 05:44 pm .- The recent suspension of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson over comments made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats. 

Pope Francis documentary becomes Amazon bestseller

Dec 19, 2013 - 03:50 pm .- A recent documentary on Pope Francis, “Francis: The Pope From The New World,” has become a bestseller on and at one point ranked number four in the documentary category.Pope Francis documentary becomes an Amazon bestseller

Koch grant consistent with Church teaching, CUA tells critics

Dec 19, 2013 - 03:45 pm .- Catholic University of America has defended a $1 million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics.

Two firms hired to advise Vatican on communications, finance

Dec 19, 2013 - 03:11 pm .- The Vatican has hired two international consulting firms to modernize Holy See communications and to improve financial procedures throughout the Vatican's agencies.

Vatican newspaper launches redesigned website

Dec 19, 2013 - 01:18 pm .- L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's newspaper, unveiled its revamped website Dec. 17, meant to broaden the reach of the paper and help it to be more friendly to social media.

Year of Faith vivified parishes in American Samoa, priest reports

Dec 19, 2013 - 07:09 am .- According to a local priest, the Year of Faith was a significant kick start to the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago, which serves the 14,000 Catholics who live on the 76 square miles of islands comprising American Samoa.

Humility is necessary for fruitfulness, emphasizes Pope

Dec 19, 2013 - 05:20 am .- Pope Francis focused his daily homily on the importance of acknowledging the need for God in our lives in order to be fruitful Christians.  

Seeking hope, Central Africans pray novena for peace

Dec 19, 2013 - 04:37 am .- As severe violence continues to afflict the Central African Republic, Catholics are praying a novena for peace and encouraging forgiveness amid the “desolation.”

Vatican documents translated in Tongan spread Church teaching

Dec 19, 2013 - 02:00 am .- A priest from the Polynesian country of Tonga has translated two Vatican documents into his native tongue, so as to deepen the faith life of his compatriots.

'Extreme' judicial appointee confirmed to key court position

Dec 19, 2013 - 12:08 am .- The confirmation of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted concerns from critics worried about her “radical” views on abortion and religious freedom.

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