Archive of February 7, 2018

The return home: Syriac Christians celebrate Eucharistic liturgy in ravaged church

Feb 7, 2018 - 08:00 pm .- For the first time in nearly six years, Christians from the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in Syria were able to celebrate a liturgy at the local church of St. Mary’s.

Parents of terminally ill son request transfer to Vatican hospital during legal battle

Feb 7, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- Parents of Alfie Evans, a 20-month old boy in the U.K. who suffers from an unknown neurological degenerative condition, are pleading in court to keep their son on life-support and seek alternative treatments.

EWTN’s Michael Warsaw honored for evangelization in media

Feb 7, 2018 - 04:13 pm .- Recognized for evangelization through Catholic media, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael P. Warsaw received the Bowie Kuhn Special Award for Evangelization during the recent 2018 Legatus Summit in Orlando, Fl.

University of Notre Dame adds ‘simple contraceptives’ to insurance plan

Feb 7, 2018 - 03:46 pm .- The University of Notre Dame has announced that it will fund “simple contraceptives” through its insurance plan.

Holy Land pilgrimages on the rise, despite political tensions

Feb 7, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- While the transition of the American embassy to Jerusalem has exacerbated regional tension in recent months, the number of Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land has increased.

Colosseum to be lit red for persecuted Christians

Feb 7, 2018 - 01:49 pm .- The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, and especially in Syria and Iraq.

Vatican abuse investigator to meet with Chilean victim in U.S.

Feb 7, 2018 - 01:42 pm .- The delegate appointed by Pope Francis to hear testimony from abuse victims in Chile will also travel to the United States for a meeting with a man alleging that Bishop Juan Barros witnessed sexual abuse but did nothing.

Updated: Cardinal Marx discusses blessings for same-sex couples

Feb 7, 2018 - 12:15 pm .- The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has said that, in his view, "there are no general solutions" regarding the blessing of homosexual couples, saying the matter should be left to "the pastor on the ground," and the "particular, individual case at hand."

Pope Francis voices condolences over deadly Taiwan quake

Feb 7, 2018 - 05:24 am .- After a massive earthquake and a string of aftershocks in Taiwan killed at least seven and injured hundreds more, Pope Francis Wednesday sent a telegram assuring of his prayer for the victims and those engaged in rescue efforts.

Pope tells priests to keep homilies brief: 'no more than 10 minutes!'

Feb 7, 2018 - 04:43 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared.

In rare letter, Benedict XVI says he's 'on pilgrimage home'

Feb 7, 2018 - 02:18 am .- In a rare new letter penned by Benedict XVI, the retired pontiff said he is in the last phase of his life, and while his physical strength might be waning, he is surrounded by a “love and goodness” that he never imagined.

'Be missionaries for the cause of life,' Irish bishop tells faithful

Feb 7, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the country’s abortion laws, Bishop Brendan Leahy penned a letter to the diocese of Limerick promoting respect for human life.