Archive of March 6, 2014

Vatican appointments may signal new role for state secretariat

Mar 6, 2014 - 08:06 pm .- Recent appointments are beginning to show a pattern of how Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia will be carried out, with a seemingly diminished role for the Secretariat of State.

Spanish bishop issues letter on abortion

Mar 6, 2014 - 07:53 pm .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain has released a new pastoral letter on abortion that answers questions and encourages open discussion on the issue.

Churches critical to development of South Sudan, author says

Mar 6, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- With unique knowledge and solidarity with the people, churches play an essential role in helping cultural development in South Sudan, said an author familiar with the region.

Path of self-denial brings joy, fruitfulness, Pope reflects

Mar 6, 2014 - 04:05 pm .- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the Christian “style,” explaining that in order to be authentic, it must follow the path of Jesus in denying oneself, taking up the Cross, and practicing humility.

Research finds link between oral contraception, multiple sclerosis

Mar 6, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- In a new study, researchers analyzed the data found in women's health records over four years, discovering a connection between the use of oral contraception and the contraction of multiple sclerosis.

Frontline episode on Church scandals one-sided, critic says

Mar 6, 2014 - 01:19 pm .- The PBS Frontline documentary series’ recent episode “Secrets of the Vatican” largely covered old scandals in a one-sided way, said Scot Landry, executive director of Catholic Voices USA.

Pope Francis to Roman priests: cry for your people

Mar 6, 2014 - 11:33 am .- Pope Francis met with the priests of Rome, emphasizing the importance of mercy in pastoral ministry and explaining that to be a priest means being close to one's flock.

Vatican panel approves Archbishop Fulton Sheen miracle

Mar 6, 2014 - 10:52 am .- The Bishop of Peoria has rejoiced at a Vatican medical panel’s unanimous approval of a reported miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

In interview Pope talks marriage, family, scandals and life

Mar 6, 2014 - 08:47 am .- As part of a recent interview given to an Italian news agency, Pope Francis discussed hot-button issues in the Church today, giving clarity to topics which have often been misinterpreted since his election.

Editor shares life-changing Lenten challenge in new book

Mar 6, 2014 - 04:36 am .- A New York-based Catholic editor says her experience with the corporal works of mercy two Lenten seasons ago transformed her understanding of charity and service.

Reject pornography to protect families, encourages Virginia bishop

Mar 6, 2014 - 02:47 am .- Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., has urged fathers to protect themselves and their children from pornography’s “relentless assault,” stressing the need for everyone to cultivate Jesus Christ’s “purity of heart.”

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, a Salesian with a red biretta

Mar 6, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, who is a Salesian and the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, was elevated to the college of cardinals by Pope Francis in a Feb. 22 consistory, at the age of 72.

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