Archive of March 5, 2018

Bishops call for ‘common-sense gun measures’ after Florida school shooting

Mar 5, 2018 - 08:00 pm .- In the aftermath of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that killed 17 people, two US bishops have issued a joint statement calling for “common-sense gun measures” and dialogue about specific proposals that will reduce gun violence and ensure school safety.

Cardinal Pell begins hearing in Australia over abuse charges

Mar 5, 2018 - 05:02 pm .- Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, arrived at a Melbourne court Monday to begin the first day of his preliminary hearing over sexual abuse charges brought against him.

With today's deadline struck down by courts, what's next for DACA?

Mar 5, 2018 - 04:04 pm .- Although the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections did not expire on March 5, the passage of the original deadline has highlighted the uncertain fate of more than half a million Dreamers.

St. Cloud is 4th Minnesota diocese to declare bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Mar 5, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- The Diocese of St. Cloud has announced that it will declare bankruptcy as it faces 74 civil claims alleging the sexual abuse of minors.

Irish official warns against LGBT exclusion at World Meeting of Families

Mar 5, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- Ahead of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland this August, a government minister has warned that the event should not express “intolerance” of LGBT groups or same-sex couples.

Analysis: In new pastoral plan, Cardinal Wuerl shares a missionary mandate

Mar 5, 2018 - 10:37 am .- Since the beginning of the debate on whether chapter eight of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia permits the divorced and civilly married to receive Holy Communion, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has lamented that the exhortation has been co-opted by that single issue and that, really, the Holy Father’s concern is much broader than that debate suggests.

Pope, Austrian Chancellor discuss migration, nuclear disarmament

Mar 5, 2018 - 07:32 am .- On Monday, Pope Francis and Europe's youngest political leader met at the Vatican, where they discussed an array of issues including migration, nuclear disarmament and the need to promote peace and solidarity.

Vatican court charges former IOR president with embezzlement

Mar 5, 2018 - 04:07 am .- A former president of the Institute of Religious Works - the so-called “Vatican Bank” - and his lawyer have been ordered to stand trial at the Vatican on charges of embezzlement and money laundering.