Archive of January 18, 2018

Nigerian bishops deplore dehumanizing trends of violence

Jan 18, 2018 - 09:08 pm .- Nigeria's bishops challenged government authorities Tuesday to resolve the country’s violent disputes, especially after recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen have resulted in over 100 deaths just this year.

Pope stops popemobile to help police officer thrown from horse

Jan 18, 2018 - 05:27 pm .- Pope Francis stopped the ‘popemobile’ today in the streets of Iquique, Chile today, after seeing a police officer thrown from her horse as the vehicle passed her by.

Guam archbishop denies allegations of rape, sexual abuse

Jan 18, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his accuser was a teen.

Pray against 'powers of darkness,' Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers

Jan 18, 2018 - 04:36 pm .- In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

Jan 18, 2018 - 04:21 pm .- A new division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work to ensure the protection of religious freedom and conscience rights for Americans, government officials announced Thursday.?

Arkansas bishop skips pro-life march over death penalty concerns

Jan 18, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock has said he will not attend the local March for Life because its keynote speaker opposed Catholic appeals for clemency for prisoners on death row.

Indigenous Peruvian seminarian eager to see Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2018 - 03:36 pm .- Demetrio Sanchez, a 20-year-old indigenous Peruvian seminarian, is eager to see Pope Francis when he visits Puerto Maldonado on Thursday.

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, a ten-year-old girl dares to dream again

Jan 18, 2018 - 02:24 pm .- Ten-year old Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, a fifth-grader, is not at a loss for words. She is passionate about her life, her future, and that of her loved ones. Helda and her family—mom, dad and a younger brother—recently moved back to Qaraqosh on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains after spending three years in exile in Kurdistan.

How this OneLife LA speaker is 'made for greater'

Jan 18, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- Karen Gaffney has swum the English Channel, is the president of a global non-profit, and has an honorary doctorate.  She’ll share her story in Los Angeles this Saturday, at an annual event designed to celebrate human dignity.

Survey: Americans overwhelmingly favor limits on abortion

Jan 18, 2018 - 09:12 am .- Most Americans, including those who identify as “pro-choice,” support limiting abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy, at most, a new survey says.  

Pope Francis in Chile: Don’t water down the joy of faith

Jan 18, 2018 - 07:37 am .- At Mass in Iquique Thursday morning, Pope Francis drew attention to the care Mary shows at the Wedding at Cana, pointing to her as an example of how we can help others share in the joy and celebration found in the Gospel.

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Jan 18, 2018 - 07:00 am .- In his five years in office, Pope Francis has gained a reputation for embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: witnessing the marriage of two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

Pro-life Canadians concerned by Trudeau's abortion ideology litmus test

Jan 18, 2018 - 03:04 am .- A litmus test on abortion and recent comments from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been slammed by Catholic and conservative critics, and raise new and troubling questions for pro-life Canadians about the state of religious freedom in their country.

Venezuelan bishops accused of “hate crimes”

Jan 18, 2018 - 12:00 am .- The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, called for an investigation of two bishops accused of committing “hate crimes” in homilies they gave on the Feast of the Divine Shepherdess, Jan. 14, a popular Marian feast day in the country.