Archive of May 18, 2018

Title X restrictions on Planned Parenthood a 'major victory'

May 18, 2018 - 04:57 pm .- Pro-life advocates lauded a federal government proposal that aims to remove Title X funding from programs and facilities that promote and perform abortions.

How Meghan Markle's Catholic school is celebrating the Royal Wedding

May 18, 2018 - 04:25 pm .- Flash mobs, sparkling lemonade, and video toasts to the happy couple are just some of the ways that a Catholic high school in California is celebrating their most popular alumna, soon-to-be royal Meghan Markle.

Empty cradle, empty pews? What the low birth rate means for Catholics

May 18, 2018 - 04:15 pm .- Demographic reports indicate that the U.S. birth rate is at a 40-year low, with significant declines among Hispanic women. That low birth rate could mean declining Mass attendance because couples with children are more likely to attend church, one demographer says.

Their chapel caught fire, but Salesian sisters remain thankful

May 18, 2018 - 03:30 pm .- After a fire destroyed their chapel just days before Pentecost, a community of Salesian sisters expressed gratitude for the first responders who extinguished the flames and saved the church’s tabernacle.

Church in Venezuela rejects snap presidential election

May 18, 2018 - 02:38 pm .- According to the latest report by Caritas Venezuela, the inflation of food prices exceeded 1,300 percent in the country in 2017. The International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation in Venezuela will reach 13,000 percent in 2018, the highest rate in the world. On May 1, 2018 the minimum monthly wage was increased from 1.3 million bolivars to 2.5 million bolivars, the ninth increase since January 2017 and the third this year alone – and still most everyday purchases are beyond the reach of ordinary citizens. Now this economic crisis has been exacerbated by a political crisis, the government having suddenly decided to hold presidential elections on May 20, 2018, rather than in October or December as originally planned.

Church leaders offer prayers after school shooting near Houston  

May 18, 2018 - 01:22 pm .- Church leaders voiced their closeness to victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday, calling Catholics to pray for all those affected.

UK bishop says rejection of assisted suicide in Guernsey is an answer to prayer

May 18, 2018 - 01:13 pm .- After debate this week, the Guernsey legislature has moved to reject a proposed legalization of physician assisted suicide on the island, drawing praise from the local bishop.

Commentary: The pope’s next steps on sexual abuse in Chile

May 18, 2018 - 12:13 pm .- After meeting with him for three days, and reading his reflections on the problem of clerical sexual abuse in their country, 34 Chilean bishops submitted their resignation to Pope Francis Friday.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos of Colombia dies at age 88

May 18, 2018 - 11:41 am .- Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, a Colombian and a former head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and of the Congregation for Clergy, died in Rome early Friday morning at the age of 88.

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

May 18, 2018 - 06:44 am .- At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country's abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented written resignations to the pope, who must decide whether to accept or reject them.

'A call from God' - Why these Catholic couples became foster parents

May 18, 2018 - 05:00 am .- It was a quiet Thanksgiving for Kerry.

International Theological Commission document proposes lived synodality

May 18, 2018 - 12:00 am .- A newly released document from the Vatican’s theological advisory commission seeks to explain and advance “synodality,” a concept of particular importance to Pope Francis.