Archive of January 31, 2018

Portugese priest who fathered child will remain in ministry

Jan 31, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- The Portuguese Diocese of Funchal has said that a priest who fathered a child has resigned his duties as a pastor but will be able to continue his pastoral ministry.

Immigration takes center stage in State of the Union address

Jan 31, 2018 - 05:53 pm .- United States President Donald Trump made immigration reform a major topic of his first State of the Union address, touting an immigration reform package that has been met with concern from the U.S. bishops.

O’Malley and Chaput make a Super Bowl wager

Jan 31, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- On Sunday, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will go head-to-head in Super Bowl LII, facing off to claim the Lombardi Trophy at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. The Archbishops of Boston and Philadelphia have already placed wagers on the game.

Bishops call for ‘humane, proportionate, and just’ immigration plan

Jan 31, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- Echoing an earlier USCCB comment about President Donald Trump’s proposed framework on immigration reform released last week, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, has offered a mixed review of the potential changes.

Philippine bill would recognize Catholic annulments

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:56 pm .- The Philippines’ House of Representatives passed a bill that would legally recognize church-decreed declarations of nullity, or annulments.

How this app could steal your face to make porn

Jan 31, 2018 - 11:31 am .- A new app allows users to digitally alter pornography videos, placing the faces of celebrities onto the bodies of porn stars.

Pope's Lenten spiritual exercises to focus on the 'Thirst of Christ'

Jan 31, 2018 - 10:00 am .- The annual Lenten retreat for the Pope and members of the Roman Curia will this year focus on the theme, “Praise of Thirst.”

Find good readers for Mass, Pope Francis says

Jan 31, 2018 - 05:36 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and the resulting importance of having lectors who can proclaim the readings and the Responsorial Psalm well.

'Holy Stairs' in Rome close for restoration

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:23 am .- The ‘Scala Santa,’ or ‘Holy Stairs,’ which are believed to be stairs trod by Jesus on the day of his trial and death, have closed for a year for restoration.