Archive of June 5, 2014

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Jun 5, 2014 - 07:02 pm .- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar.

Hundreds of Catholic employers win exemption from HHS mandate

Jun 5, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- A federal court has ruled that the Catholic Benefits Association and its hundreds of employer members are exempt from a federal mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia urges support of March for Marriage

Jun 5, 2014 - 03:40 pm .- In defense of the dignity of marriage, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced its participation in the second annual March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., later this month.

Bishop wows Georgia Catholics at baseball charity night

Jun 5, 2014 - 12:19 pm .- It's the first time the Savannah Sand Gnats have seen a standing ovation after the first pitch.

Despite improvements, still 'a long way to go' for US homeless

Jun 5, 2014 - 12:08 pm .- A new report on homelessness shows some improvements in the country's response to those who are without shelter, but also a need for continued work, said an advisor to the U.S. bishops.

Pope Francis appoints new board for Vatican's financial watchdog

Jun 5, 2014 - 10:15 am .- Pope Francis has appointed a new board for the Authority for Financial Information, marking a new step in the path toward financial transparency, and strengthening the international profile of the authority.

Late cardinal of India remembered for his serenity in suffering

Jun 5, 2014 - 07:49 am .- During the funeral Mass for Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy, who passed away Monday, fellow cardinals gathered to commemorate his life of service, as well as his sense of peace in the midst of suffering.

Pope: the Church is not a rental house, but a home

Jun 5, 2014 - 05:31 am .- Pope Francis focused his daily homily on Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples, cautioning that there are many in the Church who call themselves Catholic, but are only half committed.

Mexicans continue to seek truth behind cardinal's murder

Jun 5, 2014 - 04:07 am .- Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo was gunned down May 24, 1993, in the parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport, along with six other persons. Twenty-one years after the cardinal’s death, the assassination has never been solved, with accusations levied against both drug cartels and the Mexican government of the time.

Vatican to host world meeting on pastoral care of Gypsies

Jun 5, 2014 - 02:02 am .- A pontifical council has organized a conference at the Vatican to address the pastoral care of Gypsies, and will focus primarily on new strategies of evangelization.

Blasphemy laws present in nearly one-quarter of world's countries

Jun 5, 2014 - 12:10 am .- Laws punishing acts of blasphemy or apostasy against certain religions are present in almost one-fourth of the world’s countries, said a U.S–based religious research group. 

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