Archive of October 3, 2018

Pro-life doctors in Ireland call for robust conscience protections

Oct 3, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- A “small but significant” number of general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland are appealing to the county’s health minister to exempt them from being forced to refer patients to other doctors for abortions, the Irish Independent is reporting.

Catholic charities worldwide join Indonesia tsunami relief efforts

Oct 3, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- Caritas Italy will donate more than $115,000 to help the victims of the tsunami that struck Indonesia last week.

Provision for abortion delayed in Australian state

Oct 3, 2018 - 03:23 pm .- Government authorities in the Australian state of Tasmania have promised that low-cost surgical abortion will be provided starting in October, but general practitioners and the state’s Women’s Legal Service say they have not been provided any information on who the provider will be and how abortions will be delivered, according to local media reports.

Francis calls for youth synod creativity- How will U.S. bishops answer the call?

Oct 3, 2018 - 02:59 pm .- As the synod begins, it’s worth noting what some bishops from the U.S. delegation might bring to the table.

US Catholics' confidence in Francis shaken

Oct 3, 2018 - 02:24 pm .- A recent poll has shown a drop in popularity for Pope Francis in the United States over the past year. The poll suggests that many Americans increasingly disapprove of how the pope has handled the abuse crisis.

Priest in South Dakota charged with child sex abuse

Oct 3, 2018 - 12:21 pm .- A priest in Rapid City, South Dakota has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual contact with a child under 16, according to local police.

Pope invites bishops to be open to new opinions during synod

Oct 3, 2018 - 10:39 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday told those bishops and auditors who will be giving short speeches – called “interventions” – at the youth synod, they should feel free to change them up as the dialogue proceeds.

San Diego bishop holds ‘listening sessions’ on abuse crisis

Oct 3, 2018 - 10:00 am .- Bishop Robert McElroy told a crowd of more than 300 people that he was committed to increasing accountability for bishops and to maintaining a zero-tolerance approach to abuse in the diocese.

Pope Francis calls for a youth synod 'anointed by hope'

Oct 3, 2018 - 04:02 am .- Pope Francis began the Synod on young people Oct. 3 with a homily calling for the Holy Spirit to renew hope and dynamism in the Church.

Irish bishops call on government to address homelessness

Oct 3, 2018 - 03:01 am .- The bishops of Ireland issued a letter Oct. 1 calling on the government of the Republic of Ireland to do more to address the country’s homelessness crisis. Nearly 115 families became homeless in Ireland during August 2018 alone, according to advocacy groups.