Archive of May 2, 2017

'Thank you': DC cardinal to fallen police officers, first responders

May 2, 2017 - 05:33 pm .- At a Mass on Tuesday, the archbishop of Washington, D.C. thanked law enforcement officers and first responders for putting themselves in harm’s way for the betterment of society.

Critics of Columbus Day get history wrong, scholar says

May 2, 2017 - 05:24 pm .- The historical legacy of Christopher Columbus is tarred by bad history in the quest to change Columbus Day, according to a researcher who has focused on Columbus’ religious motives for exploration.

Pope Francis: Closed hearts cause suffering in the Church

May 2, 2017 - 04:29 pm .- Moralists without empathy are unable to see how God transforms “hearts of stone” into real hearts of flesh – and it's a problem that harms the Christian community, Pope Francis said.

What Catholics like and dislike in the new spending bill

May 2, 2017 - 03:26 pm .- A massive spending package to be voted on by Congress has drawn applause for continuing foreign aid spending, but also concern at its proposal to keep funding Planned Parenthood.

Vatican group talks new ways to help poor, marginalized

May 2, 2017 - 11:33 am .- Traditional solutions to the problem of poverty typically take a top-down welfare approach, focused on fulfilling a person's most basic needs, such as food and shelter – but which don't address the issue of societal participation and inclusion.

Why it might be too soon to lift the sanctions on Sudan

May 2, 2017 - 06:02 am .- Despite Sudan's recent compliance with U.S. guidelines, one expert thinks there's not enough information to warrant a complete removal of sanctions against the country.  

Religious brothers push back on euthanasia directive for Catholic hospitals

May 2, 2017 - 02:59 am .- Following a decision by the board of several Belgian Catholic psychiatric hospitals to start performing euthanasia, the religious brothers who operate the hospitals said the policy change is unacceptable and cannot be implemented.  

Mexican bishops: The cry of migrants is the cry of the Church

May 2, 2017 - 12:35 am .- In the context of their 103rd Full Assembly, the Mexican Bishops Conference released a statement on the suffering on migrants, calling for efforts to fight corruption and promote a dignified life.

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