Archive of July 5, 2018

In eastern India, radicals expel ten Christian families

Jul 5, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- Several Christian families have been assaulted and expelled from their village by local extremists for refusing to renounce their faith, drawing protest from an American group who says the attack violates the families’ rights under Indian law.

Bishop urges reconsideration of end-of-life care at English hospitals

Jul 5, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- In a pastoral letter last Friday, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth challenged Catholics to review England’s end-of-life care after a report tied negligent drug prescriptions to hundreds of elderly deaths.  

Cardinal Farrell again says priests have ‘no credibility’ for marriage prep

Jul 5, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- The Vatican official leading the Church’s office for laity, family, and life has said that priests do not have the credibility or experience to prepare couples for marriage. The official made similar remarks to Catholic leaders in September 2017.

UK appoints first religious freedom envoy

Jul 5, 2018 - 02:10 pm .- For the first time, a Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief has been appointed in the UK to promote international religious liberty and fight persecution.

Missionaries of Charity sister arrested in baby-selling investigation

Jul 5, 2018 - 12:45 pm .- Two women affiliated with the Missionaries of Charity, one a religious sister and the other an employee, have been arrested in India, under suspicion of selling a baby from a shelter for unwed mothers.

‘Holy mayor’ Giorgio La Pira takes next step to sainthood

Jul 5, 2018 - 11:50 am .- Most mayors do not live in unheated monastic cells, deliver candy from Orthodox patriarchs to the pope, or become ambassadors for international peace. Giorgio La Pira was not like most mayors.

Pope taps Italian layman Paolo Ruffini as chief communications officer

Jul 5, 2018 - 04:35 am .- After the Vatican's former communications head stepped down in the fallout of a major fake-news scandal, Pope Francis has tapped layman Paolo Ruffini for the job, pulling him from a post with the Italian bishops conference.