Archive of November 8, 2018

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

Nov 8, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.

Florida bishops praise result as 1.5 million former felons get votes

Nov 8, 2018 - 04:30 pm .- On Tuesday Nov. 6, Florida voted overwhelmingly to amend the state constitution to return the right to vote to convicted felons who had served their sentence. Amendment 4 appeared on the midterm ballot across the state and its passage will restore voting rights to 1.5 million people.

A look at President Trump’s pro-life 'solution'

Nov 8, 2018 - 03:36 pm .- Following the 2018 mid-term elections, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Nov. 7 press conference that he alone has a plan for making pro-life progress, now that Democrats have taken control of the House of Representatives.  

Four underground priests reportedly disappeared in China's Hebei province

Nov 8, 2018 - 03:28 pm .- Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China's Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination, AsiaNews reported Monday.

EWTN launches expanded podcast lineup

Nov 8, 2018 - 02:27 pm .- The largest Catholic media network in the world has launched an extended lineup of podcasts.

Irish physicians complain they've been ignored by health minister on abortion

Nov 8, 2018 - 02:05 pm .- Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened to regarding the government's plan to have abortion services led by general practitioners.

Pope Francis advocates for global access to clean drinking water

Nov 8, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- Pope Francis spoke of the importance of increasing access to clean drinking water around the world Thursday, calling current statistics “a huge shame for the humanity.”

When self-driving cars are forced to crash, whom should they hit?  

Nov 8, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- If a self-driving car is about to crash into a crowd, and it can only swerve to hit a baby stroller or a large man, whom should it decide to kill?

Capuchin priest arrested in Washington DC

Nov 8, 2018 - 11:45 am .- A Capuchin priest was arrested in Washington D.C. Nov. 7 after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager in 2015. Fr. Urbano Vazquez, OFM Cap., had served as parochial vicar of Shrine of the Sacred Heart in northwest Washington since 2014. He has been charged with second-degree child sexual abuse.

Kidnapped students in Cameroon released

Nov 8, 2018 - 11:01 am .- Seventy-eight students and a driver kidnapped from a Christian school in Cameroon were released late Tuesday.

Wisconsin native and Guatemalan martyr: Br. James Miller to be beatified

Nov 8, 2018 - 10:00 am .- Pope Francis Thursday approved the beatification of American Br. James Miller, who was martyred in 1982 in Guatemala.

LA archbishop offers prayers for victims following attack

Nov 8, 2018 - 09:12 am .- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles has offered prayers for the victims, and all who were affected by a Wednesday evening shooting at a country club in Thousand Oaks, California.

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

Nov 8, 2018 - 06:01 am .- Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due to the riots and death threats following her acquittal of blasphemy charges.