Archive of March 17, 2017

Catholic priests, religious face wave of violence in DR Congo

Mar 17, 2017 - 03:39 pm .- Following recent attempts at brokering peace between the government and political opposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Catholic priests and religious are facing violent backlash around the country.

A year after genocide declaration, Knights donate nearly $2 million

Mar 17, 2017 - 02:18 pm .- Last year, in a nearly unprecedented event, the United States declared that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities are victims of ISIS genocide.

Pope Francis goes to confession

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:48 am .- At the end of his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis was the first to go to the sacrament of confession, afterward hearing the confessions of seven laypeople, three men and four women, in attendance.

Confession must be a pastoral priority, Pope Francis says

Mar 17, 2017 - 11:16 am .- Pope Francis told priests Friday to make confession a priority in their parishes, and, if they want to be good confessors, to have a strong prayer life focused on growing in humility and closeness to the Holy Spirit in order to evangelize.

Texas advances bill on transgender bathrooms, but fate unclear

Mar 17, 2017 - 10:27 am .- The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would require people to use bathrooms based on the sex on their birth certificate, but it faces significant opposition from influential corporations and LGBT activists.

Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Mar 17, 2017 - 10:04 am .- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Mar 17, 2017 - 06:11 am .- Prayer, reparation and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation for the sins of priests.  

The order of Irish Catholics you probably haven't heard of

Mar 17, 2017 - 02:50 am .- They’re Irish, they’re Catholic, and they’re proud. But you maybe haven’t heard of them.

Here's what Pope Francis is doing for Holy Week

Mar 17, 2017 - 12:08 am .- With Easter only a month away, plans have already been set in the Vatican for the celebrations surrounding the big day, and the lead-up to Holy Week will be filled with several papal daytrips, Masses, and liturgies.

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