Archive of December 10, 2018

Irish midwives and nurses join doctors in abortion bill protest

Dec 10, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- A pro-life association of nurses and midwives in the Republic of Ireland is joining a growing number of concerned voices who say that many Irish medical professionals are unwilling to take part in abortions, and that the country is ill-prepared to begin offering abortion services starting Jan. 1, 2019.

In Canada, Catholic school district explains conduct code amid lawsuit

Dec 10, 2018 - 05:17 pm .- Amid continuing legal pressure against Catholic institutions in Canada, the Calgary Catholic School District faces a lawsuit from a former principal who has said she was pushed out due to discrimination on religious, marital, and anti-LGBT grounds.

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

Dec 10, 2018 - 04:07 pm .- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade.

Nineteen Algerian martyrs beatified

Dec 10, 2018 - 03:08 pm .- Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, were beatified Saturday during a Mass in Oran.

US Supreme Court won't hear case of states defunding Planned Parenthood

Dec 10, 2018 - 02:07 pm .- The US Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from states which were seeking to terminate Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, meaning that these contracts will remain.

Pope Francis: Everyone must help promote human rights

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:01 pm .- Everyone should, according to his or her specific gifts, fight to protect the fundamental rights of individuals, Pope Francis said Monday in a message to an international gathering on the topic.

Indian bishop resigns amid complaints of misuse of funds, attempted marriage

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:01 am .- Pope Francis accepted Monday the resignation of Bishop Prasad Gallela from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Cuddapah, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Gallala was in August the object of a criminal complaint for allegedly using diocesan funds to maintain an alleged “wife” and adult son.

Did angels really carry the Holy House of Mary to Loreto, Italy?

Dec 10, 2018 - 10:25 am .- What do Galileo, Mozart, Descartes, Cervantes, and St. Therese of Lisieux have in common? They all traveled hundreds of miles to step inside the Virgin Mary’s house, which is preserved inside a basilica in the small Italian town of Loreto.

Catholic elected as leader of Germany’s largest party

Dec 10, 2018 - 08:30 am .- A practicing Catholic, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer - known as AKK in the German press - was seen as the preferred choice of German chancellor and outgoing CDU leader Angela Merkel.

Site of Baptism of the Lord nears reopening as landmines cleared

Dec 10, 2018 - 07:30 am .- Churches at the site along the banks of the Jordan river where Jesus is believed to have been baptized could reopen within a year, following progress on a project to clear thousands of landmines and other ordinance from the location.

Holy See affirms enduring importance of UN human rights declaration

Dec 10, 2018 - 03:01 am .- Seven decades after its proclamation, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still being hailed as “a great triumph achieved at a tremendous cost,” in the words of St John Paul II.