Archive of July 17, 2014

Vatican bank starts second phase of reform effort

Jul 17, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican Bank', has released its annual report for 2013, announcing the start of the second phase of its intended reform.

Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Jul 17, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts testifying at a D.C. congressional hearing on the orphan crisis on the continent.

Minn. archdiocese suggests dispute with sex abuse affidavit

Jul 17, 2014 - 01:10 pm .- An auxiliary bishop of the Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese says the affidavit of a former chancellor on the handling of sex abuse allegations is not necessarily consistent with the view of others involved.

Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Jul 17, 2014 - 01:01 pm .- In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society.

Ramadan fasting ban in China draws criticism

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- A Chinese province’s ban on the observance of the Ramadan fast among Muslim university students ignores the importance that religion can have for its followers, an American Muslim religious freedom advocate said.

Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Jul 17, 2014 - 07:52 am .- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend.

Chaldean patriarch: current state of Iraq is 'chaos'

Jul 17, 2014 - 05:54 am .- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging government officials to “waste no more time” in electing new leaders, and lamented the grim possibility of finding a peaceful solution to conflict.

(Explicit) Video shows Planned Parenthood promoting violent sex to minors

Jul 17, 2014 - 02:06 am .- Planned Parenthood is under fire after a new undercover investigation found staff members promoting bondage, whipping and other violent sexual practices to minors as young as 15.

John Paul II taught that 'the body matters,' priest says

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Saint John Paul II's teaching on love and sexuality shows the dignity of the human body and how concrete acts of mercy are demanded of all of us, says priest and author Father Michael Gaitley.

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