Archive of February 4, 2015

Controversial or consistent? San Fran archdiocese weighs in on teacher rules

Feb 4, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- The Archdiocese of San Francisco says that far from being condemnatory, the morality clauses in its new teacher handbook are meant to help Catholic educators understand the richness and coherence of Church teaching – and follow it.

After pilot's heinous execution, Jordan's Christians pray for religious harmony

Feb 4, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity.

EWTN to appeals court: religious freedom at stake in HHS mandate case

Feb 4, 2015 - 02:20 pm .- A federal appeals court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether the EWTN Global Catholic Network should be required to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of its religious convictions.

The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement.

Political instability, war, and terrorism know no borders – Vatican official

Feb 4, 2015 - 11:40 am .- As the Vatican's Secretary of State addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean on Monday regarding the shared challenge of migration, Italy's Red Cross announced it is awarding the people of Lampedusa for their commitment to welcoming African emigrants.

Pope Francis urges end to scandal of 'fratricidal' violence in Ukraine

Feb 4, 2015 - 07:07 am .- As the number of deaths in Ukraine continue to rise amid escalating violence, Pope Francis has called the war “a scandal,” and urged the international community to “make every effort” for peace.

Embryos with three parents? The risks are yet to come, critics warn

Feb 4, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Despite warnings from religious leaders and scientists, British lawmakers have voted to allow a version of in-vitro fertilization that uses the DNA of three different people to conceive a baby.

Palm Beach bishop recovering from brain surgery

Feb 4, 2015 - 02:25 am .- Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito of the Palm Beach Diocese is currently recovering from a seven-hour surgery that successfully removed a benign brain tumor, according to the diocese.

Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow's leaders

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:04 am .- In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by continuing his legacy of educating impoverished youth and preparing them for leadership.

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