Archive of April 6, 2017

US leaders tell persecuted believers: 'You are not alone'

Apr 6, 2017 - 04:25 pm .- Religious freedom advocates at the United States capitol on Thursday sent a message of solidarity to all those imprisoned or tortured for their religious beliefs.

Irish abortion group returns Soros money – but big questions linger

Apr 6, 2017 - 03:53 pm .- Facing legal scrutiny over foreign funding of efforts to fight Ireland’s anti-abortion law, a pro-abortion rights group has returned a $25,000 grant to billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

In Aleppo, Christians find protection in the world's prayers

Apr 6, 2017 - 02:53 pm .- The attitude of Christians in Aleppo seems to have improved since Syrian government forces re-took the city, and they believe the prayers of Christians abroad have helped them, one religious sister reports.

Pope Francis will visit a prison on Holy Thursday

Apr 6, 2017 - 12:32 pm .- This Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will wash the feet of prison inmates and say Mass at their penitentiary.

Catholic Church grows as Americas, Europe trail in priestly vocations

Apr 6, 2017 - 11:20 am .- According to Vatican statistics released Thursday, the Church in the Americas lags behind globally when it comes to the number of seminarians per number of Catholics.

Priest who met three saints named auxiliary bishop of Seattle

Apr 6, 2017 - 07:48 am .- On Thursday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has chosen Msgr. Daniel H. Mueggenborg, a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Vatican approves special Fatima feast day for the Traditional Latin Mass

Apr 6, 2017 - 06:02 am .- The Vatican office which governs the use of the extraordinary form of the Roman rite has given priests permission to say a special Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima this year, noting the importance of the apparition's centenary.  

Philly archbishop praised for revamping city's Catholic schools

Apr 6, 2017 - 03:02 am .- Catholic schools in Philadelphia have seen a revitalization in finances and quality of education thanks to the initiative of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, says a group that collaborated with him on the effort.  

A new civil rights ruling may create religious liberty problems

Apr 6, 2017 - 12:08 am .- Both employers and employees who believe marriage is an institution between a man and a woman could be affected by a federal appeals court ruling that sexual orientation is protected by federal civil rights legislation barring discrimination on the basis of sex.

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