• Congo’s cardinal-designate has lifelong passion for human rights
    OXFORD, England — Congo’s new cardinal will use his position to highlight Africa’s problems, while also bringing a lifelong passion for human rights to the international stage, said Catholic associates. Msgr. Donatien Nshole Babula, secretary-general of the Congolese bishops’ conference, called Cardinal-designate Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa “a zealous pastor ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Jonathan Luxmoore
  • Maine bishop’s diocesan travels strengthening bond with faithful, priests
    RANGELEY, Maine — “Do you know why this is a great day?” Portland Bishop Robert P. Deeley asked the young children, who wore nervous but beaming smiles, as a full assembly looked on at St. Luke Church in Rangeley. “We will have Communion,” answered Elijah. “And be confirmed,” added Elucia. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Cruise ship to deliver aid to Bahamas, bring evacuees to Florida
    MIAMI — A second Florida-to-Bahamas round-trip humanitarian cruise was set to sail the weekend of Sept. 14, weather-permitting, carrying supplies, transport specialty personnel, power generators and volunteers. The previous week, the Grand Bahama cruise ship arrived at its home port in West Palm Beach with some 1,100 Bahamian storm evacuees. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Tom Tracy
  • Bishop-elect returns to central Iowa to lead diocese
    DES MOINES, Iowa — The new bishop-elect of Des Moines met former Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch decades ago on a flight. Upon learning he was a postgraduate philosophy student, the lawmaker asked if his studies would erode his faith, the Catholic priest said. “Actually, it enhances my faith,” Bishop-elect William ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Pope offers pat-on-the-back for Ukrainian, Russian prisoner exchange
    ROME – On Sunday Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Ukraine and Russia for their recent exchange of 70 prisoners, voicing not only happiness for those set free but hope that the gesture will help bring an end to the ongoing conflict between the two nations. “Last week a long-awaited ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • Beyond the US, the Top Five countries for beefs with the Pope
    ROME – Responding to a mini-fracas set off by his recent declaration that he considers it “an honor when Americans are attacking me,” Pope Francis told reporters during an inflight news conference Tuesday that the U.S. is not his only source of heartburn. “Criticism comes not only from the Americans, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Parable of Prodigal Son poses a choice … Will we pick humility or hubris?
    There are certain Biblical stories that have been accepted and absorbed into popular culture. Even if someone knows nothing else about the Bible, or is completely disinterested in all things Biblical, these stories still find a warm reception. Of these many stories, the parable of the Prodigal Son stands out. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Father Jeffrey F. Kirby
  • Nigerian bishop on xenophobic violence in South Africa: ‘It’s hard to know how Africa got to this stage’
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – One of Nigeria’s leading bishops says the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa is “sad, and it is hard to know how Africa got to this stage.” Bands of South Africans launched violent attacks last week against foreign-owned shops and stalls. More ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its ‘day coming to end’
    BALTIMORE — Vatican officials needed “a safeguarding policy” in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurred, said Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland. The promise for such a policy came out of the Vatican summit on child protection in February, but it ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher Gunty
  • Religious shareholders press their case on gun manufacturers, retailers
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The desire for action on preventing more gun violence may face hurdles in Congress, but those pressing for change are having an effect in the corporate boardroom. While now may be the moment to effect changes in federal firearms policy, that moment did not come without a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Mark Pattison
  • African religious leaders to South Sudan: ‘End the violence’
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyaken has joined African religious leaders to demand quick implementation of the latest peace agreement on South Sudan, which the government and rebel groups signed last year. The pact — known as the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Fredrick Nzwili, CNS
  • Admitting fewer refugees ‘runs counter’ to U.S. values, say USCCB leaders
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A proposal to reduce the number of refugee admissions to the United States to fewer than 30,000 “would be wholly counter to our values as a nation of immigrants,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chair of the bishops’ Committee on ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Blue Masses offered for law enforcement, first responders and the fallen
    ATLANTA — Public safety officials, first responders and Catholics gathered to celebrate the fifth annual Blue Mass Sept. 11 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Bagpipe notes from “Amazing Grace” accompanied people as they entered the cathedral. Soloist Louis Bell sang the national anthem with the presentation ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Samantha Smith
  • Dismissed NFL suit cited in sexual abuse suit against Church
    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana court’s recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy. A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Retired Catholic priest found not guilty of sexual assault
    JEFFERSON, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin jury on Friday acquitted a retired Catholic priest on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. The Jefferson County jury found William Nolan, 66, not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong trial. ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press