Archive of May 18, 2016 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 18, 2016

Group to end 12-year vigil at closed Massachusetts church

May 18, 2016 - 06:11 pm .- Former parishioners occupying the long-closed St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Massachusetts say they plan to end their continuous 24-hour vigil after the Supreme Court refused to hear their case, May 16.

Both sides claimed victory in the Little Sisters' case. So now what?

May 18, 2016 - 05:11 pm .- While both sides say they are happy with the Supreme Court decision on the Little Sisters’ case, the long-term outcome remains to be seen, legal experts said.

Archdiocese of Chicago to offer 12 week paid parental leave

May 18, 2016 - 04:01 pm .- With the conviction that pro-family policies are critical for a healthy Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago will soon start offering its employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

May 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm .- While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum – the Saint Bernard with VIP access to today’s audience.

'To ignore the poor is to despise God,' Pope Francis says

May 18, 2016 - 08:03 am .- If we don’t show mercy to others we shouldn’t expect to get it from God, Pope Francis said, stressing that while turning a blind eye to the poor might make life on earth easier, the eternal result will be much different.

Resist 'ideological colonization', Cardinal Sarah urges at prayer breakfast

May 18, 2016 - 06:02 am .- Speaking in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Cardinal Robert Sarah enjoined Catholics to resist “ideological colonization” and the removal of God from society, in order to help the Church resist threats to the family and religious freedom around the world.

Top Italian cardinal throws punch at new civil unions law

May 18, 2016 - 03:04 am .- In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops' general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation's parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 18, 2016 - 12:25 am .- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.