Archive of February 20, 2014

Indian chaplain in Holy Land lauds woman’s bravery

Feb 20, 2014 - 10:01 pm .- An Indian-born caregiver in Israel who rushed into a burning apartment building in a heroic attempt to save her sick employer is now at hospital battling for her own life.

Pope: Our own dependence should spur empathy for weak

Feb 20, 2014 - 05:06 pm .- At a Vatican workshop addressing aging and disability, Pope Francis reminded participants that every human being is always dependent on others: a reality that should encourage empathy and inclusion.

Archbishop Cordileone supports constitutional marriage amendment

Feb 20, 2014 - 04:31 pm .- The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ marriage defense efforts has offered his support to a suggested constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Catholic patriarch condemns deadly violence in Ukraine

Feb 20, 2014 - 03:24 pm .- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic patriarch has decried the deadly conflict between the government and protesters, calling for prayer and fasting amid increasing tensions.

Pope greets 19 prisoners at St. Martha's Residence

Feb 20, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them.

Wichita's new bishop says he will rely on grace and mercy alone

Feb 20, 2014 - 01:04 pm .- Monsignor Carl Kemme, a priest of Illinois’ Springfield diocese, was announced as the next Bishop of Wichita Thursday, and he said he accepted the assignment “relying solely on God’s grace and mercy.”

Pope names Caribbean missionary as new Miami auxiliary bishop

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:43 am .- Pope Francis has appointed a new auxiliary bishop for Miami: Malta-born Monsignor Peter Baldacchino, an Archdiocese of Newark priest who has served for more than a decade as a missionary in the Caribbean.

Pope Francis urges cardinals to reflect deeply on family life

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:24 am .- Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of the family, urging them to consider carefully both the Church’s theology and pastoral practice.

To know Jesus we must follow him, says Pope Francis

Feb 20, 2014 - 05:39 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Christian discipleship, emphasizing the need for Christians to follow Jesus with their entire lives, not just intellectually.

Denver hospice dedicated to upholding Church teaching

Feb 20, 2014 - 04:10 am .- A palliative care organization in the Denver archdiocese is committed to providing end-of-life care to patients that fully accords with the teaching of the Church, according to the group’s president.

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Feb 20, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has grieved the inability of government authorities to stop the violence.

North Korea reportedly detains Christian missionary

Feb 20, 2014 - 12:27 am .- The North Korean government has allegedly detained a 75-year-old Christian missionary named John Short, possibly for distributing Christian pamphlets.

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