• Maverick image aside, sometimes Pope’s more evolution than revolution
    ROME – Two stories about Pope Francis over the last few days have elicited either praise or criticism, depending on one’s point of view, but also pivoting on a perception that’s actually questionable: To wit, that once again, this maverick pontiff is breaking the mold. The first story came on ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Cardinal Gracias says “hedonistic culture” and “atheistic ideologies” threaten families
    MUMBAI, India – Sometimes when you look at the way Amoris Laetitia is received in different countries, it appears there are different documents being discussed. A case in point is the address by Cardinal Oswald Gracias at an Oct. 13-15 conference in Mumbai on Pope Francis’s 2016 document on the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • Bishop at Mass recalls aunt’s story of being at Fatima for miracle of sun
    MIDDLETOWN, New York — Auxiliary Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro of New York celebrated Mass Oct. 13 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown to mark the 100th anniversary of the last vision at Fatima and the miracle of the sun. During his homily, Lagonegro held ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Mary Chalupsky
  • True dialogue respects deeply held beliefs of others, say speakers
    UNITED NATIONS — Genuine intercultural and interreligious dialogue is based on personal, practical encounters that acknowledge and respect the deeply held beliefs of others, according to speakers at an Oct. 13 United Nations panel. The permanent observer mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Catholic lay ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Beth Griffin
  • Video of Baltimore Catholic school choir closing in on 10 million views
    BALTIMORE — A hurricane-stricken Puerto Rican and a local fan who dropped off pizza are among the admirers of a video of the choir from Cardinal Shehan School in Baltimore that has gone viral and been clicked on at least 8.5 million times. That was as of lunch hour Oct. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Kevin J. Parks
  • Ghana religious leaders join efforts to end child marriage
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Ghana religious leaders are joining efforts to end the practice of child marriage in the west African country. The Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Christ Apostolic Church International, and the Muslim community in August promised to use their sermons to discourage the practice. Religious officials said ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ngala Killian Chimtom
  • Kenyan Catholic bishops urge calm in the face of political crisis
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged the citizens to guard the country’s peace, as a prolonged election standoff took its toll on the economy and the social conditions of ordinary people. The bishops said the matter is grave, while highlighting growing anxiety among the people and increased polarization ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Fredrick Nzwili, CNS
  • Pope: Less talk, more action to fight hunger, war, and climate change
    ROME – Speaking at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome on Monday, Pope Francis urged the international community to talk less and do more when it comes to fighting what he described as the root causes of hunger and forced migration: Conflicts and climate change. Among other ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Cardinal says pope’s top diplomat has ‘poisoned mind’ on China
    HONG KONG – He’s been called “the conscience of China,” lauded by some for his indefatigable promotion of democracy and loathed by others for his hard-line position against the Beijing authorities. At age 85, Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, is hardly living out his retirement in quiet. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Resigned pope creates ‘multiplied and divided’ authority, author says
    ROME – Catholics have had to get used to a lot lately. The secularized state in the West has been progressively pushing faith to the margins, and Christians have been victims of persecutions around the globe. What’s more, the Church has had to come to terms with the fact that, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Pope canonizes 35 new saints, including a ‘feminist’ priest
    ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday canonized 35 new Catholic saints, among them Spaniard Father Manuel Miguez Gonzalez, a late 19th and early 20th century figure who dedicated his life to the education of women, which is the reason some consider him a “feminist” saint. Others canonized by Francis on Sunday ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Bishops worry the poor are ‘bargaining chips’ in healthcare debates
    President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to end subsidy payments mandated by the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), designed to lower co-payments and deductibles for low-income Americans, has been met with trepidation by U.S. bishops. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Shannon Levitt
  • Mary’s heart ‘gate of heaven,’ San Francisco archbishop tells Massgoers
    SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 7, telling thousands of pilgrims packed shoulder-to-shoulder in St. Mary’s Cathedral that “her heart is the gate of heaven.” The consecration combined the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christina Gray
  • Planned giving called ‘key part’ of future of parishes, schools, ministry
    LOS ANGELES — Colleges, hospitals and universities “are well-established” in the area of planned giving, but such programs are just as applicable to Catholic parishes, schools, dioceses and many other institutions, said one of the organizers of an upcoming national seminar in Los Angeles. “It is a key part of ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Pope announces Synod of Bishops for Pan-Amazon region
    ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday announced a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled for October 2019, to involve prelates from Latin America’s Pan-Amazon region, meaning Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Perú, Venezuela and Surinam. “Accepting the desire of some Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Latin America, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín