Archive of April 10, 2018

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

Apr 10, 2018 - 06:09 pm .- Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment before betraying their sacred obligations.

Commentary: The peripheries of our own vision

Apr 10, 2018 - 04:21 pm .- While Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation focuses on joy and holiness in everyday life, one passage has drawn sharp reactions from Catholics on the left and the right.

London abortion clinic buffer zone would criminalize prayer, pro-lifers say

Apr 10, 2018 - 03:38 pm .- As a London borough considers adopting a buffer zone around its abortion clinic to keep pro-life activists at a distance, one such group says the measure would discriminate against women who are helped through prayer and support vigils.

Cardinal calls for consecration of Mexico to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Apr 10, 2018 - 03:27 pm .- Facing violence, poverty and corruption, Mexico should be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said Archbishop Emeritus Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Guadalajara.

Condom distribution at Catholic hospital stops after Cincinnati archdiocese speaks up

Apr 10, 2018 - 02:19 pm .- A county-run needle exchange program hosted in a Catholic hospital’s parking lot has stopped distributing condoms, following action from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:18 am .- On Tuesday papal spokesperson Greg Burke announced two new additions to Pope Francis’ May calendar: A visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome and a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Mass attendance in US down in recent years, Gallup poll finds

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:05 am .- Catholic pews in the US are emptying, according to data from a recent Gallup survey, which showed that Mass attendance is down to a 39 percent weekly average over the past 10 years.

Pope Francis: We experience God's mercy before we share it

Apr 10, 2018 - 08:57 am .- Speaking to nearly 600 Missionaries of Mercy on Tuesday, Pope Francis said that to be “collaborators of mercy” with the Lord, they must remember that they have been recipients of that mercy first.

What a CUA symposium said about ‘Humanae Vitae’

Apr 10, 2018 - 05:00 am .- The Catholic University of America played host last week to a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae, reflecting on the prophetic nature of the document, and on the lessons it still offers.

As Palestinian Christians flee Gaza, priest expresses grave concern

Apr 10, 2018 - 12:02 am .- In the past six years the number of Christians in the Gaza Strip has plummeted from 4,500 to just 1,000, due to the harsh conditions under which they are living, according to the pastor of the territory's sole Catholic church.