• Pope says he’s excited to return to Ireland to celebrate families
    ROME — As he prepared to travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis said he hoped his visit would “remind us all of the essential place of the family in the life of society and in the building of a better future for today’s young people.” ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Cindy Wooden
  • English bishop says prison “not fit for purpose” after scathing report
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – A British government takeover of a prison in Birmingham from a private firm shows that the facility “is not fit for purpose,” according to Bishop Richard Moth, lead bishop on prisons for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. An unannounced government inspection of HM ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • Portland archbishop calls for ‘a time for saints’ in response to abuse crisis
    Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland, Oregon says the current crisis of sexual abuse within the Church is “a time for saints” in order to “rectify the institutional failures that allow such grave offenses to occur.” In a four-page pastoral letter released on Monday, Sample responded to both the recent Pennsylvania ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Prosecutor’s death penalty stance offends Vatican official
    CINCINNATI, Ohio — A Vatican official has encouraged an Ohio prosecutor to go to confession after defying the Catholic Church’s new policy that the death penalty is never acceptable. Jesuit Father Paul Mueller, a vice director at the Vatican Observatory, wrote a letter weeks ago to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Nigerian priest gunned down outside supermarket
    A priest who was gunned down at a supermarket on Aug. 19 in Nigeria is not thought to have been specifically targeted, according to the Archdiocese of Abuja. Father Michael Akaw, ordained just a year ago, had been shopping at the supermarket in Gwagwalada, a suburb of the Nigerian capital. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Fatima devotees pray rosary to cajole Vatican’s family summit to tell ‘full truth’
    DUBLIN – Here’s the thing right now about the Dublin neighborhood where a Vatican-sponsored “World Meeting of Families” is set to open Wednesday morning: Just walking down the streets is an education in the staggering diversity of Catholicism. Keep your eyes and ears open, and you’ll catch a little bit ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Interfaith memorial for Cardinal Tauran held in Pakistan
    MUMBAI, India – An interreligious memorial service was held in Pakistan to honor French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who died July 5. Tauran, a longtime diplomat for the Holy See, was the head of the Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue for over a decade. The August 10 memorial in Lahore was ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • Church welcomes UK government pledge to end homelessness by 2027
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – A new government plan to end homelessness in the United Kingdom by 2027 has been welcomed by the English bishops, who “hope that further steps will be taken to ensure the sense of urgency that this challenge demands.” The British government pledged over $100 million will ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • Pope: No ‘rupture’ in ‘Amoris,’ which is rooted in ‘classical doctrine’ of Aquinas
    [Editor’s note: Stephen Walford is a British Catholic author. Educated at Bristol University, he is the author of two previous books: Heralds of the Second Coming: Our Lady, the Divine Mercy, and the Popes of the Marian Era from Blessed Pius IX to Benedict XVI (Angelico Press), and Communion of Saints: The Unity of Divine ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Reaction to Pope’s abuse letter: ‘Nice words, but it’s time for action’
    DUBLIN – Although Pope Francis got credit from survivors for good intentions after a letter on Monday on the abuse crisis in which he confessed that the Church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them,” the overall reaction perhaps could be summarized as, “We’ve heard it all ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White and Inés San Martín
  • Mexican cardinal says abuse victims should think about skeletons in their own closet
    DUBLIN—Swimming against the tide of promises to crack down on abuse and cover-up led by Pope Francis, a newly created Mexican cardinal said that some accusers should be “ashamed” to point their finger at clerics because many of them have skeletons in their own closets. The victims of pedophilia who ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Boston cardinal pledges changes in procedures after missing McCarrick letter
    Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he takes “full responsibility” for the failure of an allegation of sexual abuse against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from reaching his hands, and pledged to change procedures in his office to prevent something similar from happening again. O’Malley was widely credited with cleaning up the Archdiocese ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • Welcoming pope’s letter on abuse, head of U.S. bishops pledges action
    Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to all the faithful addressing the recent sex abuse crises in the Church. “I am grateful to the Holy Father for his Letter to the People of God, responding to the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Agency
  • Restaurant’s culinary program helps former inmates achieve success
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Joe Dawson is learning that there’s a skill to cutting celery and it begins with how the chef’s knife is held — not by the handle but firmly above the sharpened blade. Using a rocking motion, he carefully practices cutting long stalks into 1/4-inch pieces, making sure ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Dennis Sadowski
  • Texas priest disappears amid molestation allegations
    DALLAS — A Texas priest who’s accused of molesting teens and stealing from his parish has gone missing. St. Cecilia Catholic Church officials believe Father Edmundo Paredes may have fled to his native country of the Philippines, The Dallas Morning News reported. He’d been a pastor at the church for 27 ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press