• Pompeo talks religious freedom in Nashville speech
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday continued to raise the alarm about religious freedoms around the world, receiving a warm welcome in Tennessee as his department faced heightened scrutiny amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The top U.S. diplomat said in a speech ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Women religious should have vote at synod, theologian says
    VATICAN CITY — While the Catholic Church has made strides to include the voice of women, especially in the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, women should be included among synod voting members and in church leadership positions, a German theologian said. Medical Mission Sister Birgit Weiler, a member of ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Junno Arocho Esteves
  • French nuns edge closer to expanding Illinois operations
    MARENGO, Illinois — A French religious order has reached a preliminary agreement with a northern Illinois county that would allow nuns to build a winery, brewery, gift shop and a co-ed boarding school there. The consent decree reached between McHenry County and Fraternite Notre Dame Inc. would end nearly four ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Broken angels: Inside the lab working to restore Notre Dame
    CHAMPS-SUR-MARNE, France — The golden angel once glimmered majestically from Notre Dame’s vault. Now, with a broken nose, chipped gold-leaf and a smashed bust, it stares up blankly at a warehouse roof in the outskirts of Paris where blackened fragments of the famed cathedral’s stained glass mingle with organ pipes ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Thomas Adamson
  • Panama celebrates its black Christ, part of protest against colonialism and slavery
    Panama’s “Festival del Cristo Negro,” the festival of the “Black Christ,” is an important religious holiday for local Catholics. It honors a dark, life-sized wooden statue of Jesus, “Cristo Negro” – also known as “El Nazaraeno,” or “The Nazarene.” Throughout the year, pilgrims come to pay homage to this statue ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy S. Kyle Johnson, Boston College
  • Spain’s ‘Valley of the Fallen’ closed as Franco exhumation looms
    ROME – After more than a year-long legal battle over the burial location of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s remains, on Friday the nation’s famed ‘Valley of the Fallen’ was officially closed ahead of the exhumation of the former general’s body. The Oct. 11 closure of the Valley took place a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • Catholic aid agency works to improve public sanitation in Ghana
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Ghana’s rapid urbanization means Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is shifting resources to hygiene and sanitation, as the number of people without access to toilets increases to over 5 million. Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable democracies and fastest growing economies, but sanitation has remained a major ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Pro-life leader: Trump’s pro-life legacy depends on reversal of Roe v. Wade
    [Editor’s Note: Catherine Glenn Foster is the President and CEO of Americans United for Life, America’s original national pro-life organization. Under Foster’s leadership, AUL has sought to pursue a mother-child strategy that looks at the interests and vulnerabilities of both, protecting them from abortion industry abuses. She has testified before ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles C. Camosy
  • Four women to be canonized alongside John Henry Newman
    ROME – When the world celebrates the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday, the 19th-century British cardinal will be elevated to the altar alongside four other individuals known for their humility and closeness to the suffering of Christ. Perhaps the most famous Anglican convert to Catholicism and one ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • Resident says Dorian’s devastation teaches lesson: ‘God is in control’
    FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — “After the storm” — a phrase undoubtedly used for generations in the “Hurricane Alley” of the warm-water Atlantic — carries added meaning following Hurricane Dorian’s historic landfall more than a month ago. “We’ve been through a horrific hurricane and I don’t think we will ever forget ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Tom Tracy
  • Advocates to Trump: Don’t desert Christians, Yazidis, Kurds in Syria
    AMMAN, Jordan — Christians concerned with religious freedom violations resulting from the Turkish military offensive on northeastern Syria are urging U.S. President Donald Trump to “reconsider and reverse” his Oct. 6 decision to move American troops out of the way of a Turkish incursion. In the Oct. 9 letter to ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Dale Gavlak
  • France seeks prison for 2 women in failed Notre Dame plot
    PARIS — French prosecutors sought prison sentences of 25 and 30 years for two young women accused of trying to explode a car near Notre Dame Cathedral in 2016. In closing arguments Thursday, the prosecutor said only Ines Madani’s youth prevented him from seeking a life term instead of 30 ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nicolas Vaux-Montagny
  • Vatican rep to UN addresses violence against women, human dignity
    UNITED NATIONS — Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, head of the Vatican’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, called for the U.N. to uphold the dignity of women, and also to safeguard the “inherent dignity and inalienable rights” of the human person when dealing with financial issues before the international ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Archbishop at Amazon synod: Admit sins against nature during confession
    ROME — Catholics should admit their crimes against nature in confession, according to one prelate at the Vatican’s ongoing summit on the Amazon region. “The ecological situation today is a motive for division, but people cannot but take into consideration the importance the environment has for us,” said Archbishop Pedro ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Strong showing of religious at Amazon synod part of a Francis pattern
    ROME – Wednesday afternoon marked the first time the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon broke into small working groups organized by language called the circoli minores, where the initial order of business was to elect two leaders: a moderator to run the discussion, and a relator to ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.