Archive of May 9, 2018

Commentary: What Catholics can learn about beauty from the Met Gala

May 9, 2018 - 05:12 pm .- By now, you have likely heard that the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” I will admit: when I first heard this, I winced. I’m not really sure what I was imagining, but it certainly wasn’t what paraded down the red carpet on Monday night.

Outreach or outrage: Catholics react to Met Gala fashion

May 9, 2018 - 05:07 pm .- The papal pomp and Catholic circumstance on display at this year’s Met Gala in New York (aka the ‘Oscars of the East Coast’) was met with a combination of confusion and optimism from Catholic thinkers and writers.

When Blessed Oscar Romero met with Blessed Pope Paul VI

May 9, 2018 - 05:02 pm .- In June 1978 the Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, went to the Vatican to meet with the Bishop of Rome, Paul VI. At that meeting, the Pope encouraged his fellow bishop to help the Salvadoran people “on the basis of a great love.”

Sistine Chapel Choir's Met performance a real 'wow moment'

May 9, 2018 - 03:08 pm .- A surprise performance by the Sistine Chapel Choir at the Met Gala this week left attendees in awe and helped convey the joy and beauty of the Church, said one of the organizers of the performance.

Myanmar’s bishops discuss China, Rohingya with Pope Francis

May 9, 2018 - 02:10 pm .- The Vatican’s long-rumored China deal was discussed by Myanmar’s bishops this week during an ad limina visit with Pope Francis, according to the Archbishop of Yangon.

Religious freedom efforts in the spotlight as North Korean prisoners freed

May 9, 2018 - 01:29 pm .- The release of three American prisoners from North Korea was hailed as an important first step in addressing abuses within the nation, as U.S. leaders call for a continued expansion of religious freedom initiatives in U.S. foreign policy.

Working document approved for synod on youth

May 9, 2018 - 11:14 am .- After a two-day meeting in Rome, the governing council of the Vatican office for the Synod of Bishops approved the text to be used as the working document for the upcoming October gathering dedicated to youth.

Embezzlement trial begins for ex-Vatican Bank president

May 9, 2018 - 10:25 am .- The first hearing in a trial against the former president of the Institute of Religious Works (IOR) – known as the “Vatican Bank” – and his lawyer took place today at the Vatican.

Pope Francis to meet with head of Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church

May 9, 2018 - 08:45 am .- Pope Francis and the primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Rastislav, will meet for the first time later this week, the Vatican announced Wednesday.

Pope: Nothing can erase baptism, that's why it only happens once

May 9, 2018 - 02:46 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that nothing can take away a person's baptism or the identity they thereby gain as a child of God, which is why this sacrament cannot be repeated.

For chaplain, prison visits are about bringing Jesus – and meeting him

May 9, 2018 - 12:24 am .- When Fr. Juan Carlos Cagliani goes on prison visits, he is not only seeking to bring Christ to the inmates, but to encounter Christ in them as well.