Archive of March 29, 2018

Cardinal Pell's court hearing weighs evidence for abuse allegations

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:43 pm .- A hearing will that will decide whether Cardinal George Pell will go on trial for alleged abuse came to a conclusion Thursday after Pell’s attorney launched a vigorous defense and sought to cast doubt on the path from the first police investigations through the filing of legal charges.

For former inmates, returning to society comes with challenges

Mar 29, 2018 - 04:18 pm .- For the fourth time in his pontificate, Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison on Holy Thursday this year.

Pope Francis to prisoners: Jesus will take a chance on you

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:25 pm .- Pope Francis had a message for prison inmates at the Mass for the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday: Jesus does not play it safe but takes a risk on each one of us, even to the point of washing our feet in the act of a servant.

How a Church on the 'peripheries' celebrates Easter

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:21 am .- As the Catholic Church prepares to receive thousands of Catholic converts this Easter, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, N.M., is preparing to receive seven. Gallup’s bishop says he is grateful to celebrate the Triduum in a place many describe as the “periphery” of American culture.  

Vatican: Don’t trust report that Pope Francis denied reality of hell

Mar 29, 2018 - 08:21 am .- On Thursday the Holy See stated that a reported interview between Pope Francis and an Italian journalist, which claims the Pope denied the existence of hell, should not be considered an accurate depiction of Francis’ words, but the author’s own “reconstruction.”

A good priest makes Christ present to his people, Pope says at Chrism Mass

Mar 29, 2018 - 03:53 am .- At his annual Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis said that a good priest is one who is close to his flock and who makes Jesus’ presence felt in people’s lives – as more than an abstract idea.

Pilgrims keep watch with Christ in venerable Holy Thursday tradition

Mar 29, 2018 - 03:01 am .- On the night of Holy Thursday Christians in Rome and around the world will take part in a tradition from the early Church, obeying Christ's command to “keep watch” by making a pilgrimage to churches to adore Christ in the Eucharist together.

Commentary: What will be gained from a deal with Beijing?

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Ever since President Nixon famously “opened” China to the West, the country’s rise as an economic and political superpower has been a thorny nettle to grasp. The conventional wisdom has been that, while there are grave and pervasive issues in China relating to political freedom and human rights, these will be gradually eroded by a developing economy and growing middle class -  a process best hastened by open trade and engagement with Western nations.