Archive of May 3, 2018

Bethlehem emigrants open shop to support Christian artisans in Holy Land

May 3, 2018 - 10:08 pm .- A Catholic goods shop opened its first brick and mortar store last month, presenting a wide variety of merchandise which supports artisans in the Holy Land.

Bishop praises ‘life-giving intent’ of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat bill

May 3, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- An Iowa bishop said that a bill banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat “affirms the life-giving intent” of the state’s pro-life efforts.

House chaplain rescinds resignation, Ryan agrees to let him stay

May 3, 2018 - 04:22 pm .- About two weeks after resigning, Chaplain of the House of Representatives Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J. rescinded his resignation and informed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he intends on staying in his role through his term.

Analysis: Who misinformed Pope Francis about Bishop Barros?

May 3, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- On Wednesday, three Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse held a press conference to discuss recent conversations with Pope Francis about the circumstances of their abuse.

On National Day of Prayer, Trump establishes new faith-based initiative

May 3, 2018 - 03:08 pm .- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order creating a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Executive Office of the President.

Central African Republic church attack kills 15, including priest

May 3, 2018 - 03:01 pm .- Gunmen killed at least 15 people, including a priest, and left dozens more wounded, in an attack on a Catholic church in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday.

On intercommunion, Vatican returns the ball to German bishops

May 3, 2018 - 01:58 pm .- After several German bishops appealed to the Vatican over an alleged proposal to allow non-Catholic spouses in mixed faith marriages to receive communion, the Church’s top authority on doctrine has sent the ball back, saying Pope Francis wants Germany’s bishops to come to an agreement among themselves.

Lawmakers petition for rules keeping Title X funds away from abortion groups

May 3, 2018 - 01:52 pm .- Better rules are needed to ban Title X federal family planning funds to organizations that also perform abortions, members of Congress said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services this week.

Vatican requests courses to fill ‘urgent need’ for training in canon law

May 3, 2018 - 01:38 pm .- The Vatican issued guidelines and norms Thursday for calling for new courses in canon law, designed to respond to a worldwide, “urgent need” for more people with adequate training on the topic of marriage annulments in Church law.

In May prayer video, Pope asks laity to live creatively their mission

May 3, 2018 - 08:53 am .- In his prayer video for the month of May, Pope Francis said laypeople are on the “front lines” of the Church's life and activities, and asked Catholics of all states and vocations to pray for the laity and their mission.

Benedictine nuns' new album an offering to Saint Joseph

May 3, 2018 - 03:04 am .- A newly-released album by a chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri is devoted to the hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, but is dedicated in a particular way to Saint Joseph's paternity.