Archive of December 5, 2018

Tanzanian cardinal: Reject ideological colonization through foreign aid

Dec 5, 2018 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Dar es Salaam has asked the government of Tanzania to reject any foreign aid that is conditioned on accepting Western cultural norms regarding homosexuality.

First livebirth after womb transplant from deceased donor

Dec 5, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- Researchers from Brazil announced Tuesday that a baby had been born to a mother who had received a transplanted uterus from a deceased woman.

Satanist statue erected for the holidays in Illinois capitol

Dec 5, 2018 - 04:35 pm .- Between a Christmas tree and a menorah display in the Illinois state capitol, a statue from the Satanic Temple is standing for the holiday season.

Amazon founder gives $15 million to Catholic Charities

Dec 5, 2018 - 03:30 pm .- Three Catholic charitable organizations were named as winners of $5 million grants from the charitable organization of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

National Institutes of Health to not renew contract over fetal tissue use

Dec 5, 2018 - 03:00 pm .- The National Institutes of Health will not renew a contract with the University of California San Francisco over concerns about the project’s use of fetal tissue.

Why some Camp Fire victims don't ask for help, and what parishes are doing

Dec 5, 2018 - 02:43 pm .- Though a series of devastating wildfires in California is nearly contained, Catholics engaged in relief efforts are warning that the recovery process will be long, and will disproportionately affect undocumented immigrants and the poor, who may not be able to avail themselves of government-provided services.

'Mass of the Americas' to premiere at San Francisco cathedral

Dec 5, 2018 - 02:05 pm .- The Mass of the Americas, a newly-commissioned Mass composed by Frank La Rocca, will premiere Saturday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.

American priest arrested in the Philippines for sexual abuse

Dec 5, 2018 - 10:37 am .- An American priest was arrested in the Philippines Wednesday, amid allegations that he sexually assaulted dozens of boys over a period of decades.

American sculptor humbled to bring sand nativity to Vatican

Dec 5, 2018 - 10:36 am .- Growing up next door to Daytona Beach in Florida, Rich Varano spent a lot of time making things out of sand with his dad. He never imagined it could turn into his full-time gig – but 30 years later, he cannot imagine doing anything else.

Pope Francis: To pray, begin with humility

Dec 5, 2018 - 03:45 am .- Learning to pray well is a continual process, but should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

What does it really mean to observe Advent?

Dec 5, 2018 - 03:04 am .- With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway. 

Priest who served thousands in Peruvian highlands dies at 94

Dec 5, 2018 - 12:58 am .- The Salesian founder of Operation Mato Grosso, a ministry of service and job training for low-income people in South America, died December 3 at the age of 94.