Archive of January 14, 2019

Guatemalan bishops express support for UN anti-corruption commission

Jan 14, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- The bishops of Guatemala expressed Thursday their grave concern at confrontations among governmental branches over a UN anti-corruption investigatory body.

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops to discuss abuse crisis

Jan 14, 2019 - 06:00 pm .- Pope Francis met for three hours Monday with leaders of the Chilean bishops’ conference, as the bishops face a sexual abuse crisis and plan initiatives to strengthen the Church in the country.

Analysis: The fall of Cardinal Wuerl

Jan 14, 2019 - 05:30 pm .- It now looks clear that Wuerl’s mandate to lead, and whatever was left of his legacy as a reformer, are gone. All that is left now is for the pope to announce his successor, and for Wuerl to make his quiet exit from public life.

Judges block Little Sisters' religious exemption from contraception mandate

Jan 14, 2019 - 04:00 pm .- Judges in California and Pennsylvania have issued injunctions against a Trump administration rule that would allow the Little Sisters of the Poor and similar groups to claim a religious exemption against the Department of Health and Human Services so-called Contraception Mandate.

Indulgence available for participants in National Prayer Vigil for Life

Jan 14, 2019 - 02:47 pm .- The Holy See has granted that a plenary indulgence may be obtained by those who participate in the National Prayer Vigil for Life or other sacred celebrations surrounding the March for Life, being held Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C.

Caritas Rome will continue receiving Trevi Fountain coins, mayor clarifies

Jan 14, 2019 - 01:42 pm .- After several weeks of confusion, the mayor of Rome has clarified that coins scooped from the famous Trevi Fountain will not be used to pay for city council maintenance projects, but instead will continue to go to Caritas, a Catholic charity that helps Rome’s poor and homeless.

Church in DRC urges pressure on electoral commission over disputed vote

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:51 am .- After a disputed presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the nation's bishops have asked the UN Security Council to push the election commission to publish data from the vote.

Wuerl denies prior denials denied knowledge of McCarrick seminarian abuse

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:45 am .- Cardinal Donald Wuerl told Washington, DC priests Saturday that he appropriately handled a 2004 allegation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. The cardinal also said that his recent denials of knowledge concerning McCarrick’s alleged misdeeds pertained only to the sexual abuse of minors.

Diabolical possession very rare, priest says

Jan 14, 2019 - 09:01 am .- While an exorcist of the Diocese of Charleston has received many more requests relating to diabolical possession in recent years, the phenomenon is in fact exceedingly rare, he said.

Vigano to McCarrick: Repent, for the sake of your soul

Jan 14, 2019 - 04:05 am .- A former papal representative to the U.S. has written an open letter to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that urges the archbishop to repent publicly of the sexual abuse and misconduct of which he stands accused.