Archive of November 30, 2018

Iowa prisoners sue to get their pornography back

Nov 30, 2018 - 06:03 pm .- Dozens of Iowa inmates have filed a lawsuit challenging a ban on pornography which has affected the state’s prisons in recent weeks.

In new book on clergy and religious life, Pope Francis addresses homosexuality

Nov 30, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- In a book-length interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy.

Religious order petitions Supreme Court over gas pipeline

Nov 30, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- An order of religious sisters in Pennsylvania has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the drilling of a government-sanctioned gas pipeline through the religious order’s property. The sisters claim the plan is a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Farm Bill to pass without expanded SNAP work requirements

Nov 30, 2018 - 03:40 pm .- Congress looks set to pass a compromise version of the Farm Bill, which would reauthorize billions in government funds for nutrition assistance and agricultural support, but strike a plan to expand work and job-training requirements for food assistance programs.

Bishop of Greensburg recovering after Thanksgiving weekend heart attack

Nov 30, 2018 - 02:40 pm .- The Bishop of Greensburg, Pennsylvania is in recovery after suffering a mild heart attack over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Pope Francis calls for unity with Orthodox Churches

Nov 30, 2018 - 01:23 pm .- On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople that while the Holy Spirit has in recent years prompted a “fraternal dialogue” between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, both Churches should work to achieve full communion with one another.

Pope to sick children: Pray to your guardian angel

Nov 30, 2018 - 11:03 am .- Pope Francis met with dozens of children suffering from tumors in an audience Nov. 30.

Vatican official: There is a clear link between Amazon synod, missionary month

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:32 am .- According to the president of the Pontifical Mission Societies, there is a clear link between next October’s focus on missionary work and the synod on the Amazon that makes the convergence of the two events fortuitous.

EWTN wins lawsuit over HHS contraception mandate

Nov 30, 2018 - 08:45 am .- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 District Court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice, reached Oct. 5.

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

Nov 30, 2018 - 06:59 am .- Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician from Pakistan who was killed in 2011, is a witness of how to act with love in the face of hatred, Pope Francis said Friday.

What’s the difference between crystals and relics?

Nov 30, 2018 - 03:22 am .- To the outside viewer, crystals are pretty rocks.

Pro-life, disability groups support Indiana abortion law at SCOTUS

Nov 30, 2018 - 12:28 am .- Nineteen states and numerous pro-life and disability groups have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an Indiana law prohibiting abortions based on race, sex or disability. The law had been blocked by a lower court in September.