Archive of April 25, 2018

US bishops endorse bill to provide legislative fix for DACA recipients

Apr 25, 2018 - 06:02 pm .- A federal judge ruled on Tuesday evening that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be re-opened to new applicants, and the following day the USCCB announced support for the “Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018,” which would codify DACA into law.

In Northern Ireland, anti-abortion graffiti hits Catholic churches

Apr 25, 2018 - 05:09 pm .- Two Catholic churches in Northern Ireland have been targeted with graffiti bearing a message opposed to abortion, ahead of a key referendum in the Republic of Ireland.

Australian nun to be deported from Philippines for alleged political activism

Apr 25, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- An Australian Catholic nun who has been working as a missionary in the Philippines for nearly 30 years has been ordered to leave the country on the grounds of allegedly joining protest rallies.

Franciscan University highlights sexual assault policies following criticism

Apr 25, 2018 - 02:27 pm .- Franciscan University in Steubenville has said it is committed to reporting and investigating all allegations of abuse in alignment with Title IX requirements and the school’s Catholic identity, following claims that it has mishandled abuse cases in the past.

Dominican priest: Lack of belief within the Church enables the diabolical spirit

Apr 25, 2018 - 01:56 pm .- According to one exorcist working in Italy, the average time needed for a person to be freed from demonic influence in an exorcism is taking much longer than it did in even the recent past.

Court of Appeal rejects plea from Alfie Evans' parents

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:49 pm .- An appeal by the parents of ailing toddler Alfie Evans was dismissed by the UK Court of Appeal Wednesday, leaving the child to remain at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in England.

Analysis: Pope’s personal theologian expected to lead major Argentine archdiocese

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:54 am .- The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina announced this week that Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, Pope Francis’ personal theologian and ghostwriter, will be replaced at the helm of the university by Miguel Ángel Schiavone, a long-serving lay professor at the university.

Council of Cardinals prep new constitution for Roman Curia

Apr 25, 2018 - 08:17 am .- Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met this week to continue their discussion of curial reform and to work on the draft of a new apostolic constitution outlining the structure and duties of the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis will visit Bari to host ecumenical day of prayer for peace

Apr 25, 2018 - 07:36 am .- Pope Francis will travel to the Italian town of Bari July 7 for an ecumenical gathering with the heads of other Christian churches to pray for peace in the Middle East.

Pope Francis: The Christian life is a battle against evil

Apr 25, 2018 - 04:25 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis spoke about the temptations encountered in the Christian life, encouraging the faithful not to be discouraged by the struggle, but to be reassured and strengthened by the prayers of the Church.  

Why Catholics should beware as high-tech 'deepfake' videos emerge

Apr 25, 2018 - 03:01 am .- Like any figure of importance, there is high likelihood that the Pope or another Catholic leader could be the subject of a fake video using a rapidly improving technology—and everyone needs to take care not to empower such a hoax, said Rudolph Bush, director of journalism at the University of Dallas.

New Cardinal Newman Guide helps families navigate college search

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:10 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society on Monday released its annual guide to help young Catholics make an informed choice as they navigate their search for colleges.