Archive of June 20, 2018

Chilean bishops establish 'Listening Service' to accompany abuse victims

Jun 20, 2018 - 05:17 pm .- The Chilean bishops' conference announced Tuesday the members of a “Listening Service” set up to welcome and guide victims of sexual abuse.

Tucson bishop elaborates on ‘canonical penalties’ for immigrant family separation

Jun 20, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A bishop who suggested last week that the Church consider canonical penalties for Catholics involved in the separation of families at the United States’ southern border said Wednesday that penalties are not central to a discussion of immigration reform.

US bishops ask that immigration reform protect families, Dreamers

Jun 20, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- The United States bishops have asked Congress to compromise on immigration reform to give legal protections for undocumented youth, known as “Dreamers,” and ensure respect for human dignity and families at U.S. borders.

LA archbishop welcomes Trump immigration order

Jun 20, 2018 - 03:35 pm .- The Archbishop of Los Angeles said he “welcomes” an executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump, and called on Congress to act on immigration reform.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth hosts migrant children separated from parents

Jun 20, 2018 - 03:07 pm .- As thousands of children have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border in recent weeks, Catholic Charities Fort Worth has opened its doors to shelter the unaccompanied migrant children.

Pope says no to women priests, yes to women in Curial leadership

Jun 20, 2018 - 03:01 pm .- In an interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said more space has to be created for women to take on leading roles in the Roman Curia, but that priestly ordination is not an option.  

Nicaragua’s peace disintegrates days after Church-mediated ceasefire

Jun 20, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- Peace talks mediated last week by the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, between the government of President Daniel Ortega and his opposition, proved to be short-lived as clashes have yet again devolved into violence.

Abortion clinic will not receive Texas bishops’ emails, court rules

Jun 20, 2018 - 01:26 pm .- The 23 bishops of Texas will not have to turn over emails and other communications to an abortion provider, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

Caritas hosts lunch for Italians to encounter migrants, refugees

Jun 20, 2018 - 12:28 pm .- The papal charity Caritas Internationalis hosted a lunch Tuesday in Rome with immigrants and refugees, hoping to foster a “culture of encounter” during its Global Action Week.

Courage apostolate's 2018 conference to recall founder's mission

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:08 am .- Courage International, an apostolate of the Catholic Church which serves people with same-sex attraction who seek to live a chaste life, will host its 30th annual conference this July, focusing on the faith of its founder, Fr. John Harvey, OSFS.

Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 'credible'

Jun 20, 2018 - 07:30 am .- The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into an allegation of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who oversaw multiple U.S. dioceses, has found the accusation to be “credible and substantiated.”

Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero-tolerance' migrant policy

Jun 20, 2018 - 06:04 am .- In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from their parents at the Mexican border, calling the move “immoral” and “contrary to Catholic values.”

Pope Francis: We are God's children, not his slaves

Jun 20, 2018 - 04:08 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the ten commandments are not heartless rules imposed on mankind by an oppressive God, but are rather words given by a father to his children in order to protect them from harm.

Texas pro-life laws face sweeping legal challenge

Jun 20, 2018 - 01:04 am .- Dozens of pro-life laws in Texas are being challenged in a lawsuit claiming that they pose an undue burden on women, but a national pro-life group says abortion regulations are important for women’s health and safety.