Archive of January 29, 2018

What Cardinal Zen told Pope Francis about the Church in China

Jan 29, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong has said proposals aimed at reconciling the Catholic Church in China and the government-backed Patriotic Catholic Association so concerned him that he traveled to Rome for a personal meeting with Pope Francis.

Venezuelan archbishop decries plan to change election date

Jan 29, 2018 - 04:34 pm .- Archbishop Diego Padrón of Cumaná, former president of the Venezuelan bishops' conference, denounced plans to advance presidential elections in the country by more than seven months.

Senate vote to prevent filibuster on 20-week abortion ban fails

Jan 29, 2018 - 04:30 pm .- A procedural vote on a Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks failed on the evening of Jan. 29, after more than three hours of debate. The cloture motion, which would have prevented a filibuster on the bill, required 60 votes to pass, and failed by a vote of 51-46.

Is a papal trip to the Baltic countries on the horizon?

Jan 29, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- A recent trip to Lithuania, taken by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s “minister for foreign affairs”, has raised expectations for the possibility of a papal trip to the Baltic states in September.

Ash Wednesday trumps Valentine's, Chicago archdiocese says

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:59 am .- This year, Ash Wednesday—which begins the penitential season of Lent with a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer—falls on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

Pope to Rota: There is an 'urgent' need to form consciences on marriage

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:30 am .- In a speech to the Roman Rota Monday, Pope Francis said there is a need to develop better means of forming the consciences of the faithful in the Church, especially those preparing for marriage and family life.

Pope revamps ecclesiastical universities in new apostolic constitution

Jan 29, 2018 - 06:40 am .- On Monday Pope Francis released a new apostolic constitution calling for a “radical” reform to the nature and curriculum of ecclesiastical universities and institutions.