Archive of April 3, 2018

Irish policy aimed at Catholic schools raises fears of discrimination

Apr 3, 2018 - 10:58 pm .- A proposed policy in Ireland that would ban Catholic schools from prioritizing Catholic students on wait lists is being criticized as discriminatory, since it would not apply to other religious schools.

Chinese government official: No religion 'transcends nations'

Apr 3, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- A Chinese government official who oversees religious affairs said Tuesday that government restrictions on bishop appointments are not a violation of religious freedom, as he emphasized that religions in China must “adapt to socialist society.”

What the pope said when Martin Luther King was killed

Apr 3, 2018 - 06:00 pm .- On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was fatally shot outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Priest murdered during Holy Week in El Salvador

Apr 3, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- Fr. Walter Osmir Vásquez Jiménez was shot and killed the afternoon of March 29, Holy Thursday, on a dirt road outside of the town of Lolotique, El Salvador, as he was on his way to celebrate Mass.

Commentary: Why ‘CINO’ label isn’t helping the Church

Apr 3, 2018 - 04:02 pm .- On Monday, Villanova University won the NCAA basketball tournament for the second time in three years. The University of Notre Dame won the women’s tournament on Easter Sunday, beating Mississippi State with a last-second 3-pointer from junior Arike Ogunbowale, who had beaten Connecticut with a last-second shot just two days earlier.

The Syria visited by Pope John Paul II, and Syria today

Apr 3, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- When Pope Saint John Paul II visited Syria in 2001, he called on Christians to remember Syria’s “magnificent contribution” to the history of Christianity. As the country reels from seven years of civil war, Christian communities in Damascus continue to struggle to protect that heritage.

Injunction allows abortion for undocumented teens

Apr 3, 2018 - 01:37 pm .- U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued an injunction on Friday that blocked a Trump administration policy which prevented undocumented teenagers being held in federal custody from undergoing abortions.

Founder of 40 Days for Life enters Catholic Church on Easter

Apr 3, 2018 - 01:07 pm .- David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, entered the Catholic Church on Easter, giving thanks for the inspiration of influential Catholics, including his wife and children.

Four Christians killed in Pakistan

Apr 3, 2018 - 12:11 pm .- Four members of a Christian family were killed by gunfire in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Monday in an attack for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Thirteen years after his death, John Paul II continues to inspire, friend says

Apr 3, 2018 - 10:04 am .- Thirteen years after the death of St. John Paul II, a close friend and colleague of the beloved Polish pope said the pontiff's vast legacy and influence can still be felt, and is a source of inspiration for the world.

South African bishops offer condolences for anti-apartheid activist Winnie Mandela

Apr 3, 2018 - 09:42 am .- The bishops of South Africa offered their sympathy Tuesday for the death of the controversial anti-apartheid activist and politician Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who was the former wife of Nelson Mandela.

LA archdiocese issues pastoral guidelines for Native American communities

Apr 3, 2018 - 12:38 am .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has signed 17 new protocols recognizing the Native Americans of California as the “First People of the Land” and offering guidelines for pastoral service toward their communities.