Archive of February 6, 2018

Two priests murdered in Mexico

Feb 6, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- The Archdiocese of Acapulco, Mexico, reported that two priests were murdered early Monday morning, Feb 5.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Vatican is ready to surrender to the Chinese communist party’

Feb 6, 2018 - 04:40 pm .- A possible Vatican agreement with the Chinese government has prompted feelings of unease and fears of betrayal, Cardinal Joseph Zen has warned in a strong statement continuing his criticism of negotiations.  

Dreamers will not be targeted, White House official says

Feb 6, 2018 - 04:38 pm .- White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on Tuesday that even if existing protections for “Dreamers” expire and Congress is unable to come up with a solution, they would not be targeted for deportation. Kelly made these comments to a group of reporters at the Capitol.

Could Mississippi expand its abortion ban?

Feb 6, 2018 - 04:31 pm .- An abortion ban is up for debate in Mississippi, where the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would bar most abortions after 15 weeks into pregnancy.

Ambassador Brownback: 'Religious freedom is the most important foreign relations topic today'

Feb 6, 2018 - 03:46 pm .- In his first public appearance as US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback spoke to Muslim, Jewish, and Christians leaders gathered to discuss their shared commitment to promoting peace and protecting religious minorities in the Muslim world.

U.S. bishops kick off National Marriage Week

Feb 6, 2018 - 03:26 pm .- This year’s National Marriage Week USA kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and will continue until Feb. 14, St. Valentine’s Day.

Analysis: Possible deal could 'enlarge the cage' of Chinese Catholics, Vatican sources say

Feb 6, 2018 - 03:01 pm .-  In the Vatican, there is a saying about China: “China has the sharp end of the stick. Any time the Holy See extends the hand to hold it, it gets the sharp end of the stick, and its hand bleeds.”

Communist-backed Chinese paper weighs in on possible Vatican-Beijing deal

Feb 6, 2018 - 02:01 pm .- A Chinese newspaper with close ties to the nation's communist party has added its voice to the discussion of a possible agreement with the Vatican on the appointment of bishops.

Holy See to participate in Olympic opening ceremony, IOC strategy session

Feb 6, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- A delegation from the Holy See is in South Korea this week to participate in the opening of the Winter Olympic games, and for the first time, to observe a key strategic meeting ahead of opening ceremony.

Vatican official praises China for witness to Catholic social teaching

Feb 6, 2018 - 12:45 pm .- The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has said that China is exercising global moral leadership in the principles of Catholic social teaching and defense of human dignity.

Vatican congregation approves miracle, opening door to Paul VI’s canonization

Feb 6, 2018 - 10:15 am .- On Tuesday the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year.

Germain Grisez had ‘a lively sense of Providence,’ long-time friend says

Feb 6, 2018 - 09:55 am .- A longtime friend of distinguished theologian Germain Grisez will celebrate the scholar’s funeral Tuesday, at St. Anthony Shrine Roman Catholic Church in Emmitsburg, Md. Grisez died Feb. 1, at the age of 88.

This Lent, revive your enthusiasm for the faith, Pope says

Feb 6, 2018 - 05:29 am .- In his message for the upcoming Lenten season, Pope Francis urged people to renew their enthusiasm for the faith, using this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as an opportunity to stoke the flame of charity in their heart.

RISE up and be a man – 30 day challenge builds masculine and Catholic habits

Feb 6, 2018 - 05:00 am .- A new 30-day challenge maps out daily actions for men hoping to live authentic masculine Catholicism by reclaiming the identities of sons, brothers, fathers, and spouses, its creators say.

Neocatechumenal Way: Kiko Argüello announces successor to Carmen Hernandez

Feb 6, 2018 - 12:00 am .- During an international retreat of the Neocatechumenal Way held in Porto San Giorgio, Italy, Kiko Argüello announced Feb. 2 that Maria Ascensión Romero will be a new international member of the movement, replacing Carmen Hernandez, who died July 19, 2016. Argüello and Hernandez were the ecclesial movement's co-founders.