Archive of January 24, 2018

Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises 'exponentially'

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:08 pm .- An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country's bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic activity in the country.

Satanic Temple sues to end Missouri pro-life laws

Jan 24, 2018 - 06:00 pm .- Pro-life laws in Missouri have drawn the ire of members of the Satanic Temple, which has filed a lawsuit claiming the laws violate their religious freedom.

Turpin abuse case prompts debate on homeschool oversight

Jan 24, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A horrifying case of alleged child abuse in a large homeschooling family in California has sparked calls for more regulation of homeschools, as well as worries such rules could mean more false reports and disruption for innocent families.

Crisis in Cameroon: Cardinal Tumi criticizes military violence

Jan 24, 2018 - 04:28 pm .- A Cameroonian cardinal has spoken out against the recent use of military violence in the country's Southwest Region against Anglophone separatists, saying local forces need to respect human life.

Frankfurt Church leader supports plan for same-sex blessings

Jan 24, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- A German bishop’s proposal that the Catholic Church could provide blessing ceremonies for gay couples, as well as divorced and civilly remarried couples, gained support at a Church conference in Frankfurt this weekend.

Bishops pray for victims of school shootings in Texas, Kentucky

Jan 24, 2018 - 02:42 pm .- After two students opened fire at their high schools this week, bishops in the US have offered prayers and condolences for the victims and their families.

Cecile Richards reportedly stepping down from Planned Parenthood

Jan 24, 2018 - 01:38 pm .- Cecile Richards, who has served as president of Planned Parenthood since 2006, will soon step down from her position, two sources told BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.

Iraqi newborn rescued from near death, aid group reports

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:59 pm .- A newborn baby was sentenced to death after Iraqi tribal leaders discovered it had been conceived in rape committed by an ISIS terrorist.  With the help of some Catholic sisters, the child’s mother was able to make a plan for the baby to be adopted.

Congolese cardinal denounces violent crackdown on protesters

Jan 24, 2018 - 11:58 am .- After security forces killed at least six people participating in Church-organized protests this weekend, the Archbishop of Kinshasa has likened his country to an “open prison”.

Pope decries religious persecution in meeting with Yazidis

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:12 am .- Speaking to members of the Yazidi community, a religious minority which has been persecuted by the Islamic State, Pope Francis said Wednesday that everyone has a fundamental right to freedom of religion, and no person or group has the power to deny it.

Confront the lies of 'fake news,' Francis says

Jan 24, 2018 - 04:26 am .- In his message for the World Day of Social Communications, published Wednesday, Pope Francis said that in a world of lightning-fast communication, there is a responsibility to combat falsehood and misinformation with truth, treating journalism as a people-oriented mission.

Amid deadly protests, Pope Francis appeals for peace in DRC

Jan 24, 2018 - 03:01 am .- At the end of the general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke out against violence, particularly its escalation amid political protests taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo.