Archive of July 6, 2018

Scheduled execution in Nebraska 'would undermine respect for human life'

Jul 6, 2018 - 05:11 pm .- Nebraska's bishops on Friday issued a statement opposing the execution of Carey Dean Moore, whose execution date has been set for Aug. 14.

Meet the likely nominees for the next Supreme Court justice

Jul 6, 2018 - 04:53 pm .- On July 9, President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump reportedly spent the last weekend interviewing candidates for the position, and insiders say that he has narrowed it to three people: Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.

Bishops denounce crisis caused by armed groups in Colombian department

Jul 6, 2018 - 04:11 pm .- The bishops of the Chocó Department in Colombia denounced Thursday the crisis occurring in the impoverished region due to crime and an onslaught by illegal armed groups which have been met by government inaction.

After Cardinal Farrell’s marriage prep remarks, some Catholics ask for clarity

Jul 6, 2018 - 02:52 pm .- Priests, theologians, and lay pastoral workers have responded to recent comments from a senior Vatican official, which suggested that priests lack the necessary experience to offer marriage preparation programs for engaged couples.

Nigeria's bishops call on president to save country from 'avoidable chaos'

Jul 6, 2018 - 02:36 pm .- In response to a recent wave of violence and mass killings among Nigerians, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria issued a statement last week reiterating the need for a proactive response from the government and law enforcement.

DiNardo: Roe v. Wade support is not good litmus test for Supreme Court justices

Jul 6, 2018 - 12:45 pm .- The U.S. Senate should not use a nominee’s stance on Roe v. Wade as a litmus test on suitability for appointment to the Supreme Court, the president of the nation’s bishops’ conference has said.

Vatican diplomat hopeful about prospect of peace on Korean peninsula

Jul 6, 2018 - 12:01 pm .- The Vatican's top diplomat expressed hope Thursday that efforts to bring lasting, stable peace on the Korean peninsula will bear fruit.

Does faith get a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup?

Jul 6, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But as a religious freedom expert, she’s found herself wondering how, and why, soccer authorities regulate the many religious expressions on display in the international soccer tournament.

Convicted Australian archbishop says he'll step down if appeal fails

Jul 6, 2018 - 10:56 am .- In the continued fallout of his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has faced calls both inside and outside of the Church to resign.

Francis thanks Ukrainian Greek-Catholics for their 'service to Christian unity'

Jul 6, 2018 - 10:41 am .- According to a release from the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, during a meeting with the Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč on Tuesday, Pope Francis commended the Church for its witness to Christian unity.

German bishop issues open invitation to Protestant spouses at Communion

Jul 6, 2018 - 09:58 am .- The Bishop of Würzburg issued an open invitation to all Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist on July 5 and 6 while attending Masses celebrated for married couples at the Cathedral of St. Kilian.

The world needs a change of heart on environmental issues, pope says

Jul 6, 2018 - 06:54 am .- Christians have an important role to play in helping people have a change of heart and mind regarding responsible protection of the earth, Pope Francis said Friday.

Pope Francis denounces silence in the face of injustice toward migrants

Jul 6, 2018 - 05:54 am .- Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice towards migrants at a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa at St. Peter’s Basilica July 6.

Cardinal Tauran, leader in Catholic-Muslim dialogue, dies at 75

Jul 6, 2018 - 04:21 am .- After a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, a seasoned Vatican diplomat who announced Pope Francis' election to the world in 2013, died Thursday at a hospital in the United States.

Venerable Carlo Acutis: A patron of computer programmers?

Jul 6, 2018 - 03:04 am .- Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church, was among four laypeople whose heroic virtues were recognized by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Thursday.