Archive of March 2, 2018

Catholic lawyer voices concern at Supreme Court's immigrant bond ruling

Mar 2, 2018 - 07:20 pm .- After the Supreme Court rejected the idea that detained immigrants are entitled to periodic bond hearings, a Catholic immigration lawyer warned that detention centers take a toll on those who spend long periods of time there.

Analysis: La Civiltà Cattolica and the 'sinicization' of Catholicism

Mar 2, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- At the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Party Congress in October 2017, the country’s president, Xi Jinping, promised to “sinicize religions” in the country.

French court's decision forces a change of place for John Paul II statue

Mar 2, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- A statue of St. John Paul II will be removed from public land in a small French city, after a 2017 court order ruled its cross must be removed.  

Pro-life Democrat Lipiniski faces NARAL backed challenger

Mar 2, 2018 - 02:35 pm .- Pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois faces a primary challenger backed by pro-abortion rights groups, putting a focus on the priorities of the Democratic Party and its sympathizers.

Cardinal Koch: Geneva visit a sign of Pope's emphasis on ecumenism

Mar 2, 2018 - 02:12 pm .- On Friday, the Vatican's point-man on interreligious dialogue said Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Geneva, which will have a largely ecumenical theme, is a prime example of just how important the topic is for the current pontificate.

Holy See to be 'hacked' by first Vatican hackathon    

Mar 2, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- On March 8-11, the Vatican will host its first hackathon, VHacks. 120 young adult programmers, graphic designers, project managers, and others from around the world will spend 36 hours “hacking” together over the course of three days.

Nigerian bishops map out ways to promote 'culture of life'

Mar 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm .- Amid ongoing violence and attacks against human dignity in Nigeria, the Catholic bishops of the country released a pastoral communique promoting a culture of life within the Church and nation.  

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to mothers, children at detention home

Mar 2, 2018 - 10:31 am .- On Friday, Pope Francis continued his surprise “Mercy Friday” initiative with a visit to a home that keeps children with their mothers, who might otherwise be separated because of imprisonment.

Better formation in discernment is Pope's prayer intention for March

Mar 2, 2018 - 10:22 am .- In his prayer video for March, Pope Francis asked for prayers that Christians be better educated to discern between the voices of the “culture of death” and the voice of God, calling them to carry out his mission in the world.

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

Mar 2, 2018 - 04:56 am .- On Friday, an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial in Australia for accusations of past sexual abuse.

It's confirmed: Pope Francis is going to Geneva June 21

Mar 2, 2018 - 04:21 am .- On Friday, the Vatican confirmed an earlier announcement by the Swiss government that Pope Francis will visit Switzerland in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

Ohio revenge porn bill could protect human dignity, priest says

Mar 2, 2018 - 03:15 am .- An Ohio priest praised a proposed state law to criminalize the nonconsensual publishing of sexual videos or photos, known as “revenge porn.”

Local Church aids migrants crossing from Venezuela to Colombia

Mar 2, 2018 - 12:07 am .- As thousands continue to pour across the border from Venezuela to Colombia, the local Church is helping meet the needs of those who have been displaced.