Archive of February 14, 2018

'Senseless violence and horrifying evil'—Archbishop Wenski urges prayers for Parkland

Feb 14, 2018 - 09:20 pm .- Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami urged Broward County to unity, mutual support, and strength after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed at least 17 students and teachers and injured dozens more. Parkland is in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Respect freedom of speech, Kenyan bishops say after media restrictions

Feb 14, 2018 - 05:09 pm .- Kenya’s government has shut down several TV stations after the leader of an opposition political party declared himself the “people's president” in January. The country's bishops condemned the actions of both parties and insisted on the importance of free speech and respect for law and order.  

Bishops in Tanzania denounce government for suppressing freedoms

Feb 14, 2018 - 04:08 pm .- The bishops of Tanzania spoke out this week against the suppression of several constitutional freedoms within the country, saying the government is becoming responsible for threatening national unity.

Irish bishop calls for protection of the unborn ahead of abortion referendum

Feb 14, 2018 - 03:02 pm .- Human life “from its tiniest origins” must be protected, Bishop Brendan Kelly of Galway and Kilmacduagh said at his installation Mass on Sunday.

US bishops urge day of prayer and fasting for peace in DRC, S Sudan

Feb 14, 2018 - 02:44 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged Catholics to join Pope Francis Feb. 23 in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Archbishop Lori: MLK’s principles of nonviolence have 'enduring power'

Feb 14, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- In a new pastoral letter, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s "principles of nonviolence" are the keys to “address and resist injustice” in the Baltimore area.

Expert says religious freedom critical for Vatican-China bishop deal

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:06 am .- A missionary priest and expert on the Church in China has expressed cautioun, and a limited optimism, about a rumored agreement between China and the Vatican on the appointment of bishops.

English bishop: marriage is God's gift, let us foster it

Feb 14, 2018 - 10:41 am .- Young people still desire to marry despite the crisis surrounding marriage in the contemporary U.K., and Catholics need to defend marriage as God intends it, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has said.

Pope on Ash Wednesday: Lent is the perfect time to 'come home'

Feb 14, 2018 - 09:33 am .- At Mass for Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis invited everyone to live the 40 days of Lent as a time to “pause” from things which keep us from virtue and to return home to the loving and merciful embrace of God the Father.

Mass-goers have a right to a well-prepared homily, Pope says

Feb 14, 2018 - 05:32 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis again offered some reflections and tips for the Liturgy of the Word, saying faithful who attend Mass lack a fundamental “right” if they do not receive a well-prepared and well-preached homily.

Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?

Feb 14, 2018 - 01:03 am .- “Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

Rocket launch prompts talk of living on Mars – what’s a Catholic to think?

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:41 am .- A major rocket launch by entrepreneur Elon Musk’s aerospace company, SpaceX, on Feb. 6 has been hailed as a major step toward cheaper and more frequent spaceflight – and the eventual population of Mars.