Archive of March 21, 2018

Get serious about human rights for people with Down syndrome, Vatican tells UN

Mar 21, 2018 - 05:15 pm .- The promotion of targeted abortion and other practices mean U.N. member states and agencies are not serious about protecting people with Down syndrome, the Holy See’s representative to the United Nations has said.

How one organization helps the Church welcome Catholics with disabilities

Mar 21, 2018 - 04:52 pm .- Around 14 million Catholics in the U.S. are living with a disability.

Boko Haram frees most schoolgirls abducted last month

Mar 21, 2018 - 03:45 pm .- On Wednesday, terrorist group Boko Haram returned at least 76 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped in a raid last month.

Sacraments are the best spiritual armor – Bishop Olmsted

Mar 21, 2018 - 03:35 pm .- In a Lenten reflection, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix said spiritual war needs spiritual amor, and the best armor is accessed through the sacraments.

Bishop, five priests arrested in Brazil, accused of embezzling Church funds

Mar 21, 2018 - 01:58 pm .- A Catholic bishop, five priests and other administrative officials in the Brazilian state of Goiás have been arrested on accusations of embezzling more than two million reales (about $600,000) from the Catholic Church.

Analysis: What led to, and what will follow, ‘Lettergate’

Mar 21, 2018 - 01:17 pm .- A new chapter for Vatican media and communications began Apr. 30, 2015, when Pope Francis established a commission of five members to analyze and implement the suggestions of a report from a Vatican Committee for Communication, which itself had been established in July 2014.

Pro-life Democrat Lipinski survives primary challenge

Mar 21, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats, narrowly won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night for Illinois’ 3rd District. Lipinski’s challenger, NARAL-backed Marie Newman, made her opposition to Lipinski’s pro-life views a central part of her campaign.

Ultimatum for Catholic college CFO raises questions about university policy, guns

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- Having been given an ultimatum, chief financial officer of St. Thomas University in Florida Anita Britt resigned last week after being told she had to choose between her CFO position and her membership on the board of a company that manufactures guns.

African youth bring zeal to pre-Synod gathering

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:26 am .- Several young people from across Africa have voiced their excitement at being able to participate in the Vatican's pre-synod meeting, which they say will give them a chance to be heard and will provide the courage to confront the challenges they face at home.

Texas bishops call for prayers to heal community after bombings

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:11 am .- The bishops of central Texas have encouraged prayers for healing in a community reeling from a string of bombings over the last month.

Top Vatican communications officer resigns after 'Lettergate' fiasco

Mar 21, 2018 - 05:42 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano as prefect of the Secretariat for Communications in wake of what has been dubbed by many as the 'Lettergate' scandal, which has dominated Catholic media the past week.

Holy Communion unites us to Christ, Francis says

Mar 21, 2018 - 04:58 am .- At Wednesday's general audience, Pope Francis said our participation in the Holy Eucharist at Mass is not a merely spiritual communion, but a sacramental one, uniting us to Christ and his Church.

Pope Francis will travel to Dublin Aug. 25-26 for family gathering

Mar 21, 2018 - 04:40 am .- During his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis was presented with the official icon for the World Meeting of Families, announcing afterward that he will travel to Dublin, Ireland, from Aug. 25-26.

In feeding the hungry of Chile, beloved friar's legacy lives on

Mar 21, 2018 - 03:12 am .- Although he died in 1853, the legacy of Friar Andrés Garcia Acosta is as alive as ever in Santiago, Chile, through a soup kitchen bearing his name that feeds 150 people per day.

In Scotland, pro-lifers say at-home abortion pill could pressure women

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:38 am .- Scottish authorities’ move to allow at-home administration of abortion drugs violates the law and will allow more pressure on women to have abortions, critics said.