Archive of January 22, 2018

Damascus bombing kills 9 in Christian districts

Jan 22, 2018 - 06:04 pm .- An estimated nine people were killed in a bombing on Monday afternoon in Damascus. The shelling targeted the Bab Touma and al-Shaghour districts, which are historically Christian areas, and several churches were damaged as well.

OneLife LA event an opportunity to celebrate life, face culture of death

Jan 22, 2018 - 05:04 pm .- Thousands gathered in Los Angeles on Saturday for a rally and march supporting the dignity of every human life and proclaiming that every human person is “made for greater.”

March for Life in Paris draws 40,000 despite heavy rain

Jan 22, 2018 - 04:51 pm .- Heavy rains did not deter huge crowds from gathering in the streets of Paris for the city’s March for Life on Sunday.

Analysis: Did Cardinal O’Malley open a door to papal criticism from US bishops?

Jan 22, 2018 - 04:37 pm .- It is no secret that the pontificate of Pope Francis has been a challenge for Church leaders to navigate, and the bishops of the United States are no exception.  A man often called the Pope of surprises, who has encouraged Catholics to “make a mess,” the pontiff’s spontaneity, new approaches, and willingness to rebuff traditional consultative mechanisms has, more than once, seemed to catch American bishops off-guard.

Commentary: Respect is pro-life

Jan 22, 2018 - 03:55 pm .- Last week, I attended the national March for Life in Washington, D.C. I have attended the march on several occasions before, and it is always a beautiful and encouraging experience.

Roe anniversary observed as National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Jan 22, 2018 - 03:16 pm .- US President Donald Trump has proclaimed that Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide, is being observed as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Mexico City Policy ensures US funds won't force 'abortion ideology,' backers say

Jan 22, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- One year ago, President Trump reinstituted and expanded the Mexico City Policy, widening a ban on funding for NGOs that are involved in abortion—a ban that could shift tens of millions of dollars away from groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Scholars decode one of the last fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:35 pm .- The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are among the oldest extant biblical manuscripts, have been a topic of interest since they were discovered in the Qumran Caves in the West Bank beginning in 1946.

Full text of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Peru

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:57 am .- In a conversation with journalists on his return flight from Peru to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the people of Peru and Chile, clerical sexual abuse, his recent in-flight marriage celebration, and the Amazon region, among other topics.

Mid-air marriage was to avoid further delay, Pope Francis explains

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:16 am .- Addressing concerns Monday about the pastoral implications of his witnessing a marriage aboard a plane while in flight, the Pope said that he judged the couple to be prepared for the sacrament, and didn't wish them to delay the regularization of their situation any longer.

Pope Francis: Final verdict on Sodalitium founder likely 'unfavorable'

Jan 22, 2018 - 09:01 am .- On board the papal flight from Lima to Rome, Pope Francis said a final Vatican verdict on the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, accused of serial sexual and psychological abuse, will soon be available, and likely won't be in the founder’s favor.

Francis says comments on sexual abuse in Chile were 'not the best'

Jan 22, 2018 - 08:31 am .- Aboard the papal plane from Lima to Rome Sunday, Pope Francis said that comments made to Chilean journalists Jan. 18 were not intended to cause pain for victims of clerical sexual abuse.