Archive of June 21, 2018

On papal flight, Francis says intercommunion policy should be decided by diocesan bishops

Jun 21, 2018 - 05:22 pm .- Pope Francis said Thursday that the German bishops’ debate on the reception of the Eucharist by the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics, also referred to as intercommunion, should be decided by diocesan bishops, rather than bishops’ conferences.

Farm bill with SNAP restrictions passes narrowly in House

Jun 21, 2018 - 04:59 pm .- On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 2018 farm bill, H.R. 2, which included controversial changes to food assistance programs that Catholic leaders had warned against.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 04:29 pm .- In a June 21 conversation with journalists on the way back from a trip to Geneva, Pope Francis touched on an array of topics, including ecumenism, intercommunion, peace and just war, and refugees.

The Catholic Church's long history of resettling refugees in the US

Jun 21, 2018 - 04:26 pm .- The Catholic Church has resettled nearly one-third of all refugees received by the United States since 1980 through a public-private partnership with a high rate of successful integration of refugees into society, according to a report released in June 2018.

Church in Mexico releases security protocols to prevent crime

Jun 21, 2018 - 04:14 pm .- As increased levels of violence in Mexico continue, the Mexican Bishops Conference has published a protocol guide to help prevent crimes against priests, religious and faithful in the country.

What’s next for Cardinal McCarrick? How the Church addresses sex abuse allegations

Jun 21, 2018 - 02:17 pm .- The allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager is a bombshell for the Catholic Church in America.

World Health Organization no longers consider transgenderism a disorder

Jun 21, 2018 - 01:47 pm .- On Monday, the World Health Organization reported it would no longer designate transgenderism as a mental health disorder in its updated classification of diseases.

Pope Francis: The Our Father is a spiritual roadmap

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:13 am .- The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of the Church, confirming a person’s identity as a beloved child of God, and reminding Catholics of the responsibility owed toward their brothers and sisters in Christ, Pope Francis said Thursday.

Pope Francis meets with North, South Koreans in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 09:37 am .- In a move aimed at bridging political as well as ecumenical divides, Pope Francis during a day-trip to Geneva met with representatives from both North and South Korea who are in Geneva for a gathering aimed at promoting unity among Christians.

Mission is a prerequisite to unity, Pope says in Geneva

Jun 21, 2018 - 08:29 am .- Speaking to ecumenical leaders Thursday, Pope Francis said Christian unity in many ways depends on a willingness to go out of oneself to meet the needs of others, and called for a “new evangelical outreach” among Christian communities.

Pope in Geneva: Real ecumenism puts Christ over division

Jun 21, 2018 - 03:28 am .- Pope Francis landed in Geneva Thursday for a day-trip aimed at bolstering ecumenical relations, saying that division among Christians comes from worldliness, and Christ must be prioritized over any differences that might get in the way of unity.  

Bishops' video series encourages prayer, action for Religious Freedom Week

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:33 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has posted a video series for Religious Freedom Week 2018, inviting Catholics to pray and act in support of religious liberty.