• Trial of priest accused of breaking confession seal to protect lay group begins
    ROME – Monday marked the beginning of the ecclesiastical trial for an Italian priest accused of breaking the seal of confession to inform members of a controversial lay group in Italy of a police investigation of their leader for the sexual abuse of minors. “I feel hopeful, I want to ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Eritrean Catholic bishops say government closes church-run health centers
    NAIROBI, Kenya — All health facilities run by the Catholic Church in Eritrea have been seized by the government, the country’s bishops said. Government security officers are said to have removed the staff from the health centers and closed them. Patients were ordered to go home and soldiers were deployed ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Francis Njuguna
  • Father Rosica resigns as CEO of Salt and Light Foundation
    TORONTO, Canada — Basilian Father Thomas Rosica has resigned as CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, the latest chapter in a scandal that has embroiled him since February. Rosica, the founding CEO of the Canadian Catholic television network Salt and Light TV and a former Vatican media liaison, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Young women urged to reject ego, focus on life of integrity, honesty
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Spiritual advice was mixed with practical suggestions at the GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum held at The Catholic University of America in Washington. “To prepare yourself for motherhood, consider getting rid of your television and your smartphone,” said Jeanne Schindler, an author, lecturer and former college ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Kurt Jensen
  • What’s in a name: Vatican questions use of term ‘viri probati’
    ROME — While the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon aims to highlight the damage wrought by climate change and exploitation, the possibility of ordaining married men to minister in remote areas of the rainforest continues to garner more attention. Among the suggestions proposed in the 45-page working document ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Junno Arocho Esteves
  • Christians unite for “Season of Creation” Sep. 1-Oct. 4
    ROME – Representatives of several Christian churches, including Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox, are urging the faithful to see September as the “Season of Creation” in an effort to raise awareness about climate change. “During the month-long Season of Creation, Christians on six continents work to put Laudato Si’ into practice,” ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Catechist instructor shot dead in southern Mexico
    MEXICO CITY — A catechist instructor was shot dead at a chapel in Chiapas state — another example of how the violence consuming Mexico is impacting the Catholic Church. The attack occurred June 15 in Acacoyagua, some 75 miles from the border with Guatemala, where 30 catechist instructors were finishing ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy David Agren
  • Deadline arrives for clergy abuse claims in New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Monday marked the deadline for filing claims against New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese as it wades through a bankruptcy prompted by the clergy sex abuse scandal. Lawyers for hundreds of people who are submitting claims are hopeful the case will shed more light on a scandal ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Susan Montoya Bryan
  • Victoria bishops become ‘conscientious objectors’ to assisted suicide law
    MELBOURNE, Australia — As euthanasia becomes legal in Australia’s Victoria state, its bishops said Catholic health care services will not cooperate with the facilitation of suicide. “We cannot cooperate with the facilitation of suicide, even when it seems motivated by empathy or kindness,” Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne, Bishop Paul ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Quebec government passes Canada’s strictest secularism bill
    QUEBEC CITY, Canada — A new law in Quebec prohibits the wearing of religious symbols or clothing by some government employees, including public school teachers, state lawyers, judges and police officers. The National Council of Canadian Muslims announced June 17 it will legally challenge the new bill. “Late last night ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Philippe Vaillancourt
  • California’s bishops call for ecological conversion on ‘Laudato si’ milestone
    NEW YORK — Timed to mark the 4th anniversary of Laudato si’ — Pope Francis’s landmark document on the environment — the Catholic bishops of California have released a major pastoral statement calling for statewide ecological conversion. “God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home,” was released on ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Human rights groups call raid on Indian Jesuit’s home ‘harassment’
    MUMBAI, India – A leading civil rights organization in India has protested the early morning raid on the residence of a Jesuit priest who is a leading human rights activist. Members of the Pune city police conducted the raid on the residence of Father Stan Swamy on June 12, seizing ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • South African Catholic official says Ramaphosa on course in corruption fight
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa will deliver his first state of the nation address in his second term on June 20. This year’s event will be a lower-key affair, with the budget cut by 47 percent, including the removal of the traditional praise singer, known as ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Understanding the debate over married priests at the Amazon synod
    Every so often, we get official confirmation of the obvious, and, surprisingly enough, it still makes waves. Such is the case again this week with the release of a preparatory document for an October summit of bishops on the Amazon, which confirms that the ordination of married “elderly people,” meaning ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Oregon parish mourns couple’s departure to avert deportation threat
    PORTLAND, Oregon — A well-known Portland Catholic married couple has moved to Canada because attorneys could not find a clear path to resolve the pair’s immigration status. Osmin Zelaya and Wendy Tacuba packed their belongings and readied their 4-year-old daughter, Aliena, and drove north in May to a welcome in ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ed Langlois