Archive of December 14, 2018

Pennsylvania AG files challenge to new federal religious freedom rules

Dec 14, 2018 - 09:01 pm .- New rules are set to ensure strong religious exemptions to federal mandates requiring employer health care plans to provide birth control coverage, but Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s legal challenge could derail them.

Minn. archbishop announces moves to end culture fostering clergy abuse

Dec 14, 2018 - 08:01 pm .- Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced Friday several changes meant “to change the culture that fostered the clergy abuse crisis.”

Six lay men installed as acolytes in Spokane

Dec 14, 2018 - 07:01 pm .- Bishop Thomas Daly of Spokane installed six laymen who are not in formation for holy orders as acolytes Wednesday.

Gun deaths in US reach record-high

Dec 14, 2018 - 06:44 pm .- The number of gun deaths in the United States reached almost 40,000 last year, the highest number since firearm deaths were first recorded in mortality data nearly 40 years ago.

After China deal, two underground bishops step down at Vatican's request

Dec 14, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- Two underground bishops in China have agreed to step aside in favor of bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, in the wake of a deal signed between the Holy See and the Chinese government.

Catholic groups support prison reform bill

Dec 14, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- Catholic groups expressed optimism at a criminal justice reform bill, as the “First Step Act”  legislation makes its way through the U.S. Senate.

New Mexico upholds textbook lending for private schools

Dec 14, 2018 - 04:05 pm .- The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday to uphold a book-lending program that gives school children at public and private schools equal access to state-approved textbooks.

After guilty verdict, questions raised about Pell trial

Dec 14, 2018 - 04:00 pm .- After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned the integrity of a process undertaken under the veil of a media blackout.

A ‘clericalist and apostate state:’ Why Jacob Rees-Mogg wants out of the EU

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:00 pm .- Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament for North East Somerset, is one of the most visible Catholic politicians in the U.K. He is also one of the leading voices in favor of Brexit.

Vatican Christmas concert will support refugees in Iraq, Uganda

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:17 am .- This Christmas it is particularly important to support refugees and migrants, Pope Francis said Friday, ahead of the Vatican Christmas Concert fundraiser in support of young refugee education.

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