• Ironically enough, Rome’s the right place to learn Church communications
    ROME — In light of the old mantra that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, there’s a semi-ironic sense in which Church communication professionals from around the world might want to think about coming to Rome to learn how to improve their job performance. After all, in nearly one ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Cameroon bishops urge president to resolve Anglophone crisis with dialogue
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Catholic Bishops in Cameroon are calling on President Paul Biya to begin a dialogue to find a sustainable solution to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon. Since 2016, English speakers in the Central African country have been protesting against what they say is gross marginalization by the Francophone-dominated ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ngala Killian Chimtom
  • German Church to review employment practices after European court ruling
    WARSAW, Poland — Germany’s Catholic Church said it would review its employment system after top European judges warned it could violate anti-discrimination laws by requiring staffers to be religious. On April 17, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice ruled that demands for Church employees to have a “religious affiliation” should ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Jonathan Luxmoore
  • South Korean bishop hopes North-South summit brings results
    SEOUL, South Korea — Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory April 27. Ucanews.com reported Lee, president of the Korean bishops’ Committee for the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • UK Supreme Court rules against family of Alfie Evans two days after father meets Pope Francis
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – Britain’s Supreme Court has approved a hospital plan for the withdrawing of life support for Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old child whose parents have been fighting a legal battle to keep him alive. Thomas Evans, the boy’s father, met with Pope Francis on Wednesday, and pleaded with ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • Memoir of Jewish boy taken from home by Pius IX altered in translation
    ROME — It’s an incident that has caused controversy for 160 years: A 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after Church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized. Now the case has reared its head again, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nicole Winfield
  • Mexican priest stabbed to death in his parish
    MEXICO CITY — A Mexico priest has been stabbed to death in his parish, the latest attack on clergy in the heavily Catholic country. Father Ruben Alcantara Diaz, 50, was attacked April 18, just prior to the 6:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Carmen Parish in Cuautitlan Izcalli, the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • 2019 ‘Catholic Woodstock’ won’t just be for youth, but by youth
    ROME – World Youth Day, a massive gathering of young people from around the world that’s become something like the Woodstock of the Catholic Church, was founded in 1985 for young people. Spokespersons say the January 2019 edition in Panama, however, also will be organized by young people themselves. Among ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Nuns on cause of human trafficking: ‘Money, money, money!’
    ROME – “Money, money, money” was the motto repeated by religious sisters at a conference in Rome. No, they weren’t quoting the 1976 hit song by ABBA, but pointing to the main cause of human trafficking, one of the most profitable businesses in the world. “I discovered in my research ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Catholic agency says UK’s attempted deportations reveal flawed system
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – An immigration scandal involving people who came to Britain from the country’s colonies after World War II highlights the problems faced by other immigrants to the country, especially asylum seekers, according to the leading Catholic refugee agency. The Jesuit Refugee Service said the “Windrush” controversy is ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • English bishop is concerned over abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom – After a London borough passed an ordinance earlier this month establishing a buffer zone around a local abortion clinic, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said he was concerned by the unjust measure. The Ealing Council, which serves the west London borough, voted April 10 to enforce ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Agency
  • Benedictine abbeys can offer hectic world oasis of peace, pope says
    ROME — Pope Francis asked the world’s Benedictines to continue to offer oases of peace and silence to a busy and distracted world. So many people today “do not have enough time to listen to God’s voice,” he told about 400 members of the Benedictine Confederation April 19 at the ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Carol Glatz
  • Critics blast U.S. crackdown on protected Vietnamese immigrants
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S. who were previously protected under an agreement largely for refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam could face detention and deportation in coming months. The Trump administration’s efforts to remove the Vietnamese immigrants, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, have ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Kevin J. Jones
  • Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses
    ROME – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops’ conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances. Austrian news site kath.net has reported that Vatican sources say the CDF, with papal approval, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Agency
  • Irish pro-lifers launch ‘vote no’ campaign for referendum on unborn
    DUBLIN, Ireland — Pro-life activists have launched a campaign urging citizens to vote no in a forthcoming referendum to remove the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. That amendment provides legal protection for unborn children “with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.” Launching their outreach ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service