Archive of December 15, 2015

Coming soon: A new American saint?

Dec 15, 2015 - 04:14 pm .- Pope Francis yesterday authorized the Heroic Virtue of Brother William Gagnon, giving him the title of Venerable and launching him on the first step on the potential path to sainthood.

Pope Francis ups effort to make annulments more accessible

Dec 15, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- On Friday Pope Francis clarified a few points in his streamlined marriage annulment process. He reiterated that not only do the new rules trump everything that came before them, they also restore power to the Vatican’s main marriage court in order to prevent unnecessary procedural delays.

How one pro-life group is preparing for the 2016 elections

Dec 15, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- If the pro-life movement is to achieve its biggest policy victories to date, it must have a supporter in the White House after the 2016 election, one pro-life advocacy group has insisted.

Wisconsin priest humbled to be named next Bishop of Superior

Dec 15, 2015 - 11:49 am .- Pope Francis on Tuesday chose Father James P. Powers to be the next Bishop of Superior, Wis.

Beards and the US military: a religious liberty win for Sikh officer

Dec 15, 2015 - 06:03 am .- A Sikh officer and a religious liberty group have welcomed the U.S. Army’s temporary religious exemption for the officer, who sees a conflict between military regulations against beards and his religious practice.

To obtain peace, we have to fight indifference with mercy, Pope says

Dec 15, 2015 - 04:17 am .- Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the Church as well as international leaders.

Will we be allowed to disagree about marriage in the future?

Dec 15, 2015 - 03:01 am .- The future of a diverse and pluralistic public square is at stake in the debate over marriage and sexuality, said one legal scholar at an event in D.C. sponsored by the Atlantic.

Respond to shootings with courage and compassion, archbishop exhorts

Dec 15, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Meet violence with “resolve and courage” rather than fear and discrimination, the president of the United States bishops' conference said in an Advent message following multiple mass shootings in the country.