Archive of February 12, 2019

Colombian cardinal encourages humanitarian aid for Venezuelan people

Feb 12, 2019 - 05:23 pm .- The bishop of a Colombian diocese bordering Venezuela has said that “we can't be still” in face of the Venezuelan people's suffering, and noted that the Church has responded to the humanitarian crisis from its beginning.

New Jersey dioceses launch fund for abuse survivors

Feb 12, 2019 - 05:00 pm .- The five Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey announced on Monday the creation of the Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) for survivors of sexual abuse as minors by clerics in the state. The program will not handle claims of sexual abuse involving adults, including seminarians.

Gallup diocese restores order of sacraments of initiation

Feb 12, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- Bishop James Wall of Gallup has announced in a pastoral letter the restoration of the order of the sacraments of initiation in the mission diocese.

New Mexico legislators seek to repeal state abortion ban

Feb 12, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- New Mexico’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would decriminalize the state’s inactive ban on abortion.

Border security compromise may prevent new shutdown

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:30 am .- Congressional leaders hope to have avoided a further partial government shutdown after reaching an agreement on a budget that includes over a billion dollars in funding for new barriers along the United States’ border with Mexico.

As population plummets, Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four

Feb 12, 2019 - 03:22 am .- In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax for life.

Vatican's Office of General Auditor gets new statutes

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican's general auditor has new statutes, conferred recently by Pope Francis, that will bring financial audits of Vatican offices into greater conformity with United Nations agreements.