Archive of January 3, 2014

Little Sisters threatened by HHS mandate, lawyers argue

Jan 3, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- Despite the claims of the U.S. Justice Department, the demands of the federal contraception mandate threaten the continued works of service performed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, their attorneys say.  

Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest's bail 'just'

Jan 3, 2014 - 03:54 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn, whose conviction for child endangerment was overturned last week.

Pope encouraged Malta bishop to speak out against gay adoption bill

Jan 3, 2014 - 02:35 pm .- Pope Francis was “shocked” by a bill in Malta that would allow gay couples to adopt children, said a bishop from the small island nation, adding that the Holy Father had encouraged him to speak up on the issue.

Faith desires to 'change the world,' Pope Francis says

Jan 3, 2014 - 10:38 am .- Pope Francis celebrated Mass Jan. 3 in thanksgiving for the Jesuit saint Peter Faber, praising his “lofty desires” to be centered in God and to evangelize at the “peripheries.”

Archbishop Müller affirms doctrine, pastoral care for divorced

Jan 3, 2014 - 09:29 am .- In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, the Vatican's head official on doctrinal matters discussed the importance of personal pastoral care for divorced re-married persons, while adhering to Church teaching.

Calif. community grieves loss of murdered pastor

Jan 3, 2014 - 04:06 am .- The people of Humboldt County, located on California's North Coast, are grieving the loss of Fr. Eric Freed, a “wonderful” pastor, who was murdered early on New Years’ Day.

Bangladeshi bishop calls for peace amid pre-election violence

Jan 3, 2014 - 02:04 am .- As Bangladesh experiences widespread strikes and violent protests in the run-up to its parliamentary elections, the bishop of the nation's capital is encouraging a peaceful contribution from local Christians.

Cardinal O'Malley denounces Dominican Republic immigration ruling

Jan 3, 2014 - 01:04 am .- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston is lamenting a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that retroactively strips away citizenship from any person born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry.

Columnist: US should counter anti-Christian persecution

Jan 3, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Americans should not resign themselves to “a Middle East without Christians” but should work to expand their traditions of religious freedom overseas, says Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson.

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