Archive of March 8, 2018

Cardinal Zen: Vatican-China deal weakens the Church

Mar 8, 2018 - 08:54 pm .- Vatican diplomats’ efforts to reach an agreement with the Chinese government would turn bishops into government officials who cannot adequately shepherd their flock, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.

ACLU's 'petty lawsuit' won't help foster children, families tell court

Mar 8, 2018 - 05:02 pm .- A lawsuit threatening a Catholic adoption service is political maneuvering that will do nothing to help children in need of loving homes, families and supporters told a federal court in Michigan during oral arguments this week.

Report: abortion providers get more taxpayer money than you may think

Mar 8, 2018 - 04:32 pm .- Three major abortion providers received more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer funds over a three-year period, with a significant portion of the funds going to Planned Parenthood affiliates under legal scrutiny for allegedly selling fetal tissue and other violations.

Nebraska bishop promotes scholarship bill for school choice

Mar 8, 2018 - 04:18 pm .- A bill is being considered in Nebraska that would offer lower-income families a greater variety of educational opportunities. Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt of Grand Island is a major supporter of the bill, and has said every Nebraskan student deserves an opportunity to attend to the school of their choosing.

Why the devil hates Mary – especially during exorcisms

Mar 8, 2018 - 03:25 pm .- Italian priest Sante Babolin said that Satan is behind several recent attacks in various parts of the world against the Virgin Mary, noting that she is a powerful advocate for him during exorcisms.

Mother Teresa was heroic – but maybe not for the reasons you think

Mar 8, 2018 - 11:50 am .- There are many things about Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta that could be called heroic – her tireless service to the world's most rejected and her courageous witness to millions of what it is to live the Gospel, just to name a couple.

Iceland bishop voices concern over proposed circumcision ban

Mar 8, 2018 - 11:19 am .- As Iceland's parliament continues to consider a bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons, the head of the country's Catholic diocese has expressed concerns over religious persecution.

Catholic schools in US, Holy Land create pen-pal program

Mar 8, 2018 - 10:09 am .- As a sign of solidarity with Catholics in the Middle East, the National Council of Catholic Women has set up a pen-pal exchange pairing Catholic schools in the United States with those in the Holy Land.

Pope Francis: Let Catholic social teaching guide migration policy

Mar 8, 2018 - 09:55 am .- The Church is responsible for encouraging civil leaders to respond to migration on the basis of Catholic social teaching, the Pope told the International Catholic Migration Commission Thursday.

Insides that didn't decompose – and other stunning facts about Oscar Romero

Mar 8, 2018 - 02:49 am .- In his role as Vicar General, Monsignor Ricardo Urioste was one of the closest collaborators of Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was martyred for the faith in 1980 and beatified in 2015.

Religious sister who worked with Padre Pio dies at 101

Mar 8, 2018 - 12:05 am .- Sister Consolata di Santo, one of the first religious sisters to work in the hospital developed by St. Padre Pio, died March 2 at age 101, according to the Italian publication Avvenire.