Archive of February 9, 2018

USCCB praises disaster relief policy for churches

Feb 9, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- The USCCB issued a statement Friday praising the early morning passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which, in addition to preventing a government shutdown, also codified into law a new FEMA policy that would allow churches and other houses of worship to apply for disaster relief funds.

Catholic skater Yuna Kim lights the Olympic torch

Feb 9, 2018 - 02:35 pm .- Catholic Olympic gold-medalist Yuna Kim lit the torch at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9.

Cardinal Zen continues criticism of possible Vatican-China deal

Feb 9, 2018 - 02:13 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen again had harsh words for the Vatican on Friday, saying that the proposed deal between the Vatican and the Chinese government-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association was not in the best interests of Chinese Catholics.

Notre Dame professor criticizes university’s provision of ‘simple contraceptives’

Feb 9, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- After the University of Notre Dame announced it would fund  “simple contraceptives” in its insurance plan, one Notre Dame professor has criticized the move, calling it “a giant leap into immorality.”

Vatican conference unites police and Church in fight against human trafficking

Feb 9, 2018 - 10:05 am .- A conference on human trafficking and modern-day slavery was held at the Vatican Feb. 8-9, bringing together church leaders and senior police officers from more than 30 different countries to discuss progress and setbacks in initiatives.

How the Lord’s Prayer led this North Korean defector to freedom

Feb 9, 2018 - 10:05 am .- “Before his escape, when Seong-Ho was being tortured by North Korean officials, there was one thing that kept him from losing hope: over and over again he recited the Lord’s Prayer,” President Donald Trump said in his speech at the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast.

Francis, Prime Minister of Estonia meet ahead of possible papal visit

Feb 9, 2018 - 07:40 am .- With a papal visit to Estonia likely on the horizon, Pope Francis on Friday met the country’s Prime Minister, Jüri Ratas, at the Vatican, discussing their good diplomatic ties and the contributions of the Catholic Church in Estonian society, despite its small minority.

Canadian Catholics won’t be bullied into supporting abortion, bishop says

Feb 9, 2018 - 07:00 am .- A Canadian bishop announced that the Diocese of London, Ontario, would protest new requirements for government grants that require organizations to profess the government’s view on topics like abortion rights and gender identity.

What New York’s non-discrimination order could mean for religious liberty

Feb 9, 2018 - 05:00 am .- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signed an executive order that bans the state from doing business with companies that “promote or tolerate” discrimination, a move that has some religious liberty advocates crying foul.

‘Surf’s up’ for these Argentine priests

Feb 9, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Santiago Arriola is convinced that “our entire life, in all its expressions and dimensions, calls for evangelization and can be evangelized.”