Archive of December 12, 2018

US State Department: Pakistan's religious freedom record a 'particular concern'

Dec 12, 2018 - 07:01 pm .- Religious freedom problems in Pakistan have led the US Department of State to designate the country as of “particular concern,” with nine others, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said Tuesday.

Amid priest murders, religious freedom situation in Mexico draws concern

Dec 12, 2018 - 05:40 pm .- With 26 priests murdered in the last six years, Mexico received a prominent mention in the 2018 Report on Religious Freedom in the World, recently published by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Priest who survived major plane crash credits Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12, 2018 - 04:58 pm .- This year, for Father Esequiel Sanchez, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe brings up terrifying memories - and a huge reason to be thankful.

Church of England to create 'celebratory' transgender liturgies

Dec 12, 2018 - 04:50 pm .- The Church of England has published pastoral guidelines for liturgical services that would celebrate the completion of “gender transitioning” by those Anglicans who identify as transgendered.

Nashville's sole remaining abortion clinic suspends abortion provision

Dec 12, 2018 - 04:38 pm .- As Tennessee has seen an increase in pro-life legislation in recent years, the only abortion clinic in Nashville temporarily ceased its abortion services last week.

In New York, public school officials to evaluate private schools

Dec 12, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- Leaders of New York state’s more than 500 Catholic schools are planning to boycott a new state review system, whereby public school officials would evaluate religious schools to determine whether they offer a “substantially equivalent” education to public schools.

The US archdiocese with a relic of the original Guadalupe image

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:14 pm .- Millions of pilgrims travel each year to see the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. In one U.S. diocese, however, pilgrims can see a relic of the original image that has been outside Mexico for nearly 80 years.

After abortion litmus test controversy, Canada job grant program makes some changes

Dec 12, 2018 - 11:24 am .- Catholic organizations and others welcomed the Canadian government’s changes to rules for job grants that had required them to affirm abortion rights and other political causes - but they are still concerned that the rules could block some pro-life groups from participating.

Reports of Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite gag order

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:48 am .- Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA sources close to the cardinal.

Our Lady of Guadalupe remains a 'teacher of the Gospel' through her image

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:37 am .- Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe Wednesday, reflecting on how Mary continues to evangelize Latin America through her ubiquitous image.

Three cardinals dropped from C9 as reform process nears end

Dec 12, 2018 - 08:33 am .- The Vatican said Wednesday that while there are no immediate plans to add new members to the C9, Pope Francis has released the three eldest cardinals from the duties of the advisory group.

Faith is not ‘decorative,’ Pope Francis says

Dec 12, 2018 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis gave an Advent reminder Wednesday that faith should not be just a “decorative” addition to daily life by pointing to how the ‘Our Father’ prayer embodies the essence of life itself.