Archive of January 23, 2018

'Rambo' the hero: Dog saves nuns from fire

Jan 23, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- A dog named Rambo lived up to his “action hero” name, when his barking alerted sleeping religious sisters that a chapel next to their convent was on fire.

Pence in Israel: US is committed to persecuted Christians, peace process

Jan 23, 2018 - 04:02 pm .- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed America’s commitment to both peace and persecuted Christians during his four-day trip to Israel and the Middle East, which concluded on Tuesday.

The complicated case of China’s Catholic bishops

Jan 23, 2018 - 03:48 pm .- The Vatican’s efforts to resolve the split between underground Chinese bishops and the government-recognized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association face another challenge, as an aging bishop faithful to Rome has reportedly declined a Vatican request to retire, to be replaced by a bishop favored by the Chinese government.

Interview with an exorcist- 'The Devil and Father Amorth'

Jan 23, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- A documentary on the ministry of Father Gabriele Amorth, popularly known as the “Vatican exorcist,” will be released this spring. The film was directed by William Friedkin, director of the 1973 movie “The Exorcist.”

Which Catholics oppose abortion? A closer look at the data

Jan 23, 2018 - 02:13 pm .- A recent Pew study shows that support for legal abortion varies widely among religious groups, with Catholics falling somewhere in the middle when it comes to beliefs about legal abortion.

Economic models should be centered on human dignity, says Pope Francis

Jan 23, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged global delegates at the 2018 World Economic Forum to promote economic models that create the proper conditions for the human person to thrive.

Dairy farm to the episcopate: Stockton gets a new bishop

Jan 23, 2018 - 05:06 am .- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Myron Joseph Cotta, who grew up on a dairy farm and has until now served as auxiliary bishop of Sacramento, has been tapped to take the reins in the Diocese of Stockton.

Belgian deacon on trial for murder

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Ivo Poppe, a 61-year old Catholic deacon in Belgium, went on trial this week under the suspicion of killing at least ten people, including multiple family members.