Archive of October 30, 2018

Newly beatified Guatemalans exemplified courage, cardinal says

Oct 30, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Presiding at a Mass for the beatification of martyrs Fr. Tullio Maruzzo and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, a Vatican official prayed that “their martyrdom would inspire in everyone courageous Christian witness, a consistent life and boundless commitment to others.”

Class-action suit seeks apology from Pennsylvania dioceses

Oct 30, 2018 - 04:51 pm .- A class-action lawsuit against all eight Latin rite Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania is seeking an admission from the Church that it covered up years of child sexual abuse, and the release of any Church records of abuse.

Memento mori - Why this religious sister wants you to think about your death

Oct 30, 2018 - 03:30 pm .- Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, has had an interesting Twitter project for the last year and a half: she has kept a small (ceramic) skull on her desk, and has been tweeting daily meditations on death with the hashtag #MementoMori.

Anti-religious freedom grants target Georgia, Florida, N.M., Texas

Oct 30, 2018 - 03:19 pm .- Four states, including Texas and Florida, are in the crosshairs of an anti-religious freedom funders’ network that coordinated the successful effort to recognize gay marriage in law.

Irish voters support daily Angelus broadcast

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:53 pm .- Irish voters supported overwhelmingly last week a daily broadcast of the “Angelus Bells” on national broadcasting network RTE.

Manx legislature advances abortion reform bill

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:01 pm .- The lower house of the Isle of Man's legislature advanced Tuesday a bill that would liberalize abortion access in the territory.

'God has become my light' A Chinese teen’s conversion story

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:06 am .- At the age of 14, Yuan made the decision to become a Catholic. “I found a freedom that I had never had before. For the first time, I had nothing to hide in my heart,” she reflected.

Vatican cites immunity in refusal to send French court summons to CDF prefect

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:06 am .- The Vatican has invoked diplomatic immunity in refusing to deliver a French court summons to the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, in a case against a French cardinal.

Yemen war needs ceasefire, not the world’s silence, says bishop

Oct 30, 2018 - 03:01 am .- Among those calling for a ceasefire in the disastrous Yemen conflict is Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar for Southern Arabia. Though the path out of war is difficult and requires warring parties to overcome deep mistrust, the bishop said both Christians and Muslims are praying for peace and justice.

Ahead of migrant caravan, Catholic leaders urge U.S. govt to protect the vulnerable

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:00 am .- As a caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America continues its trek north to the United States, the U.S. bishops’ conference and leaders of Catholic aid agencies have urged government officials to treat migrants compassionately.