Archive of October 8, 2018

Lack of safeguards in Irish abortion bill 'an affront to conscience'

Oct 8, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- The Irish bishops on Friday lamented that the draft bill to legalize abortion in the Republic would require pro-life heathcare professionals to provide abortion referrals, calling the provision “an affront to conscience.”

Pro-life leaders oppose broad expansion of abortion in Australian state

Oct 8, 2018 - 04:22 pm .- A parliamentary committee reportedly supported a proposal Oct. 5 to significantly expand abortion in the northeastern Australian state of Queensland.

A synod summary from the Polish synod fathers – Oct 8

Oct 8, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- The synod of bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment is being held at the Vatican Oct. 3-28. CNA plans to provide a brief daily summary of the sessions, provided by the synodal fathers from Poland. Please find below the Polish fathers' summary of the Oct. 8 session:

Canadian man arrested after roundhouse kicking female pro-life demonstrator

Oct 8, 2018 - 03:01 pm .- A Toronto man has been arrested for reportedly roundhouse-kicking a female pro-life demonstrator and harassing several others at a pro-life rally in late September.

In Nicaragua, political prisoners pray for a free country

Oct 8, 2018 - 02:31 pm .- A video circulating in Spanish-language social media shows a group of political prisoners praying the Hail Mary while expressing their desire to see a free Nicaragua.

Analysis: Do Vatican officials see abuse crisis as a referendum on the pope?

Oct 8, 2018 - 01:59 pm .- Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta told reporters Monday that Catholics should “trust Pope Francis that there is going to be a solution” to the Church’s clerical sexual abuse crisis. The support of bishops from around the world, Scicluna said, means that the pope is now “empowered” to do what he wants for the Church, namely, “to make the church a safer place.”

Pakistani Supreme Court reserves judgement on Asia Bibi blasphemy case

Oct 8, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- Pakistan’s Supreme Court has reserved judgement on the verdict of Asia Bibi, a Roman Catholic woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, several Pakistani news sources reported on Monday.

40,000 young people in Warsaw pray together for synod

Oct 8, 2018 - 12:01 pm .- About 40,000 young people gathered Saturday at the National Stadium in Warsaw to pray for the synod of bishops taking place in Rome this month.

Pakistani scrutiny for multiple NGOs could close Catholic Relief Services

Oct 8, 2018 - 11:09 am .- Catholic Relief Services is among the 18 international organizations ordered closed by Pakistan’s new government without explanation. The move follows allegations related to the U.S. government’s pursuit of Osama bin Laden, in which a doctor’s false vaccination campaign claimed to be linked to the NGO Save the Children.

Scicluna: Don't look to youth synod for answers on abuse crisis

Oct 8, 2018 - 08:30 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta said that while the youth synod is not ignoring the sexual abuse crisis, Catholics looking for thorough answers should wait for a February 2019 meeting of bishops.

Cardinal DiNardo welcomes Vatican inquiry into McCarrick files

Oct 8, 2018 - 03:10 am .- The president of the U.S.’ bishops’ conference said Sunday he welcomes the Vatican’s announcement of a further investigation into files on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, praising the pope’s steps to end sexual assault.