Dec 4, 2013 - 04:41 pm .- A lawsuit against the U.S. bishops for teaching Catholic hospitals not to perform direct abortions ignores religious freedom protections and laws, a legal expert has said.
Dec 4, 2013 - 12:37 pm .- During a recent visit to a parish on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis revealed that if he had the power to conduct one miracle, it would be to heal suffering children.
Dec 4, 2013 - 11:59 am .- The Vatican's financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority, has signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart, the Federal Criminal Police Office.
Dec 4, 2013 - 05:37 am .- During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal life, which we are able to experience even now through the sacraments.
Dec 4, 2013 - 04:18 am .- Religious freedom is an important component in aiding those in need, and imposing upon religious liberty harms groups that work for social justice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.
Dec 4, 2013 - 02:22 am .- Two Catholic bishops in England – Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth – have written to their flocks announcing plans to continue deepening the experience of the recently concluded Year of Faith.
Dec 4, 2013 - 12:07 am .- A bishop in Bosnia-Herzegovina says that Catholic refugees from the Yugoslav wars conducted in the 1990s continue to suffer and face barriers to their return home.
Dec 3, 2013 - 05:44 pm .- A lawsuit charging that the U.S. bishops’ ethical standards for hospitals caused negligent care of a pregnant woman wrongly claims that abortion was medically necessary, a doctor and professor of medicine has said.
Dec 3, 2013 - 02:47 pm .- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops.
Dec 3, 2013 - 01:53 pm .- Pope Francis met with the group of eight cardinals advising him on the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the church this morning, initiating the council's second meeting.
Dec 3, 2013 - 10:18 am .- At a presentation of a work by Benedict XVI on the priesthood, the head of the Vatican's doctrine office said that both Benedict and Pope Francis share a view on priestly vocation and the crisis it faces.
Dec 3, 2013 - 06:07 am .- The Pope focused his daily homily this morning on the themes of joy and peace, emphasizing that our God “is joyful,” and that the Church’s mission of transmitting this joy to others brings authentic peace.
Dec 3, 2013 - 04:06 am .- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he thinks the Catholic Church has been “out-marketed” in the public discussion of marriage, giving a misleading representation of the Church’s beliefs.
Dec 3, 2013 - 02:06 am .- During an audience with Pope Francis, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, invited the Roman Pontiff to visit Israel, though the date of the visit has yet to be determined.
Dec 3, 2013 - 12:03 am .- Critics of Pope Francis' warnings about capitalism are reducing him to a “cartoonish socialist” to diminish the seriousness of his message, Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Neb. has said.
Dec 2, 2013 - 06:09 pm .- At a meeting with the Union of Superiors General held Nov. 29, Pope Francis mentioned that he would be dedicating 2015 to consecrated life, thanking religious for their witness to Jesus Christ.
Dec 2, 2013 - 05:53 pm .- Pope Francis' words in “Evangelii Gaudium” touching on economic issues have elicited a range of reactions, with one columnist emphasizing their challenge to conservatives to respond generously.
Dec 2, 2013 - 03:55 pm .- Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call to end the violence in Syria.
Dec 2, 2013 - 02:06 pm .- Croatian voters have approved an amendment to their country’s constitution that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Dec 2, 2013 - 12:06 pm .- Thanksgiving weekend at the North American College in Rome is full of traditions not normally found in Italy. Besides a classic turkey dinner and pumpkin pie, the seminarians at the college host their traditional “Spaghetti Bowl.”
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