Archive of September 7, 2017

Catholics pray, prepare as Hurricane Irma looms

Sep 7, 2017 - 05:42 pm .- As Hurricane Irma moves through the Atlantic – one of the strongest storms ever recorded in that ocean – Catholic groups are offering prayers and helping prepare for the recovery efforts ahead.

Christ calls Colombia to cast a net of peace, Pope Francis says

Sep 7, 2017 - 04:26 pm .- Just as Christ called Peter to cast his nest where there seemed to be no fish, Christ is calling Colombians to take risks in order to build a culture of peace and life, Pope Francis said in the capital Bogota on Thursday.

'Outrageous and insulting' – US bishops reject Bannon's immigration remarks

Sep 7, 2017 - 04:22 pm .- The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday sharply rejected claims by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that the bishops support undocumented immigrants in order to fill churches and make money.

The significance of Pope Francis' speech to Latin America's bishops

Sep 7, 2017 - 03:09 pm .- What is likely one of the most important speeches of Pope Francis' visit to Colombia, political processes aside, and one which can offer key insights into his thinking, is his meeting Thursday with representatives of Latin America's bishops.

Pope Francis lays out his vision for Church's mission in Latin America

Sep 7, 2017 - 02:55 pm .- The Catholic Church must avoid a sense of superiority and clericalism and instead teach forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice, Pope Francis said in forceful comments Thursday to a gathering of Latin American bishops.

On plane, Pope gets a gift from his 'spiritual friend' Saint Therese

Sep 7, 2017 - 01:29 pm .- During his flight to Colombia Pope Francis received a white rose from a Colombian journalist, recalling his deep devotion to Saint Therese of Lisieux.

Don't let anything silence the truth, Pope tells Colombian bishops

Sep 7, 2017 - 11:22 am .- In a lengthy speech on Thursday, Pope Francis urged the bishops of Colombia to uphold their pastoral responsibilities, proclaiming and teaching the truth even in the face of challenges.

Peace can start by grabbing drinks, Pope tells Colombian youth

Sep 7, 2017 - 10:57 am .- Speaking to youth in Colombia Thursday, Pope Francis urged them to move away from the violence of the past and to work toward healing and building a culture of encounter, which he said often begins simply with a drink or a cup of coffee.

Concerns of 'anti-Catholic bigotry' as judicial nominee questioned about faith

Sep 7, 2017 - 09:25 am .- A Catholic nominee to a federal circuit court faced hostile questions about her faith from U.S. senators on Wednesday, prompting outrage from Catholic leaders.

Pope to Colombian authorities: Eliminate violence by upholding dignity of all

Sep 7, 2017 - 08:46 am .- In the first formal speech of his visit to Colombia, Pope Francis on Thursday told government authorities that the key to eliminating conflict is to recognize the dignity of all people, especially the poor and marginalized.

Who was St Peter Claver, whose tomb the Pope will visit this week?

Sep 7, 2017 - 06:01 am .- During his trip to Colombia, Pope Francis will visit Sept. 10 the home and shrine of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish missionary priest and fellow Jesuit who is the patron saint of Colombia.

A bioethicist's take on child cancer treatment that uses gene therapy

Sep 7, 2017 - 03:02 am .- A new genetic modification therapy designed for treating pediatric leukemia is a promising development, said a Catholic bioethicist.

Filipino archbishop: Face opposition with a martyr's courage

Sep 7, 2017 - 12:08 am .- Despite hostility, the Church must teach the truth of the Gospel with the courage of the martyrs, said the archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines.