Archive of August 22, 2017

As Florida execution approaches, bishops urge governor to take pro-life path

Aug 22, 2017 - 04:27 pm .- An imminent execution scheduled for this week is the wrong path, said Florida’s Catholic bishops, urging the governor of the state to intervene.

Arlington priest reveals former KKK membership, takes voluntary leave of absence

Aug 22, 2017 - 02:57 pm .- An Arlington priest revealed Monday that he was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan before converting while in prison, and has asked for a temporary leave of absence from ministry.

This church sheltered 800 people during the Barcelona terror attack

Aug 22, 2017 - 02:26 pm .- Amid the horror and chaos of the Aug. 17 terrorist attack in Barcelona, more than 800 people found shelter in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi.

Michigan nun killed in hit-and-run remembered for her faith

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:46 am .- Michigan nun Sister Joseph Marie Ruessman of the Alma Sisters of Mercy, who was killed in a hit-and-run on Thursday, was remembered for her fidelity to Christ, tireless hard work in her community, and her joyful laugh.

US military archbishop prays following USS John S McCain collision

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:18 am .- Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US military archdiocese offered prayers Monday after a US Navy destroyer collided with a tanker off the coast of Singapore, resulting in five injured and 10 missing US sailors.

Top Vatican diplomat focuses on Ukraine, Middle East in Russia talks

Aug 22, 2017 - 10:23 am .- The need to find peaceful solutions to global conflicts, particularly in Ukraine and the Middle East, has taken a front seat so far in the Vatican Secretary of State's meetings with Russian government and Russian Orthodox Church officials.

N. Ireland high court: No European right to 'gay marriage'

Aug 22, 2017 - 09:54 am .- Northern Ireland’s High Court has rejected two legal challenges that sought to recognize same-sex unions as marriages, saying it is a matter for the legislature.  

These priests were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

Aug 22, 2017 - 06:01 am .- In recent years, some Catholics have been concerned by pushes from governments in locations such as Louisiana and Australia who challenge the secrecy of the sacrament of confession, asking that priests betray the solemnity of penitents’ confessions when they hear of serious crimes in the confessional.

In wake of violence, archbishop urges Catholics to foster racial peace

Aug 22, 2017 - 03:02 am .- Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message in this week's Gospel is one of inclusion, no matter a person's race or nationality.

Amid nationwide controversy, St Junipero Serra statue vandalized in L.A.

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:03 am .- A statue of St. Junipero Serra in a Los Angeles public park appeared to have been vandalized last week in a time of national debate about historical statues.

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