Archive of May 15, 2018

Broken promises mean continued barriers to Catholic education in UK

May 15, 2018 - 05:07 pm .- Caps on Catholic enrollment in government-funded Catholic schools in England and Wales will continue, despite the ruling party’s campaign pledge to end the limits.

Priest says baby with Down syndrome is a 'gift from God'

May 15, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A priest who recently welcomed into the children’s home he runs a newborn with Down syndrome says that child is a gift from God.

Taiwanese bishops discuss China deal and papal visit with Pope Francis

May 15, 2018 - 02:45 pm .- Pope Francis discussed the state of the Church with Taiwan’s bishops this week, while assuring them that episcopal appointments in China will remain the purview of the Holy See.

Analysis: Why Francis might follow Benedict’s lead on Chilean abuse scandal

May 15, 2018 - 02:08 pm .- This week 34 Chilean bishops are meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the country’s clerical sexual abuse scandal, which involves at least one of the bishops attending the meeting. The meeting is significant, but not unprecedented.

Contemplative nuns must join federations, Vatican instruction says

May 15, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative orders, which emphasizes the need for networks of monasteries in contemplative life. The instruction states that all monasteries of nuns must be affiliated with a federation, or organization, of religious houses.

Pope Francis: Holy Spirit tells bishops and popes when to step down

May 15, 2018 - 12:22 pm .- At the end of his morning homily Tuesday, Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for priests, bishops, and the pope, who he said, must learn to quit when it becomes necessary.

Chilean bishops to spend first day of Rome meeting in prayer

May 15, 2018 - 11:44 am .- On their first day of meetings with Pope Francis, Chilean bishops have been asked to make a 24-hour retreat, using the time to pray and reflect on specific themes provided by Pope Francis until their next audience on Wednesday.

‘Cautiously optimistic’ pro-lifers attend Irish rally ahead of vote

May 15, 2018 - 05:00 am .- Less than two weeks before a historic vote on whether to allow increased access to abortion in Ireland, thousands of people gathered on Saturday for a final pro-life rally in the capital city of Dublin.

Bipartisan bill would make it easier to deduct charitable donations

May 15, 2018 - 12:03 am .- A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress last week would make it easier for Americans to receive tax deductions for charitable giving, regardless of whether they itemize on their tax returns.