• ‘Outcry and uproar’: Congo’s bishops urge noise protest until election
    KINSHASA, Congo — Catholic bishops in Congo have instructed clergy to toll their church bells each week until fresh elections are held. “After morning Mass, we expect a prayer for the nation and the reading of extracts from bishops’ conference messages — with church bells sounding each Thursday,” Monsignor Jean-Marie ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Founding member of CFRs and EWTN host Father Andrew Apostoli dies at age 75
    NEW YORK – Franciscan friar and EWTN host Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR, passed away on the morning of Dec. 13, his community has confirmed. Apostoli was a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and was a regular on EWTN programming, most recently as the host of “Sunday ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Agency
  • Has Australian commission weakened the reformers on sex abuse?
    ROME – To the extent it’s a virtue, one can at least say this about the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: It clearly has not been cowed by the internal politics of the Catholic Church. Indeed, it hardly seems to be aware of them. On ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
    CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and that priests be prosecuted for failing to report evidence of pedophilia heard in the confessional. Australia’s Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Bishops joust over contested choice as shepherd of Nigerian diocese
    ROME – After a period of relative calm, an almost unprecedented crisis in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, which has been without a bishop for seven years as priests and laity refuse to accept the new leader appointed by Pope Benedict XVI and backed by Pope Francis, is heating up ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Salesian priest remembers the day Father Tom was kidnapped in Yemen
    MUMBAI, India – Salesian Father George Muttathuparambil received the phone call at 11:15 in the morning on March 4, 2016. Sister Sally, the mother superior of the Missionaries of Charity center in the Yemeni port city of Aden, was in a state of shock on the phone. The other four ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • Italy deals Church third big political loss, this time on right-to-die
    ROME – Just days before the 11th anniversary of the death of an Italian man whose battle to be allowed to die stimulated wide debate in the country over euthanasia, the Italian senate on Thursday approved a “living wills” measure strongly backed by right-to-die advocates. For the Catholic Church here, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Archbishop Gomez sees signs of God’s presence even in fiery destruction
    LOS ANGELES — As wildfires raged near Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez called on those who have lost their homes and those offering assistance and fighting the flames to remember that God is accompanying them in their sorrow and acts of sacrifice. “He is there in all these stories ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • ‘Let tree stand,’ but don’t forget to prepare for Christ, cardinal says
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Christmas should be regarded as a celebration of the redemption of God’s people, a Vatican official told a Catholic audience Dec. 9 in Louisville. Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, celebrated the opening Mass of the fourth Louisville Archdiocesan Black Catholic ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ruby Thomas
  • Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints
    Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? As a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Michael Foley
  • Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints
    Each year the holidays bring with them an increase in both the consumption of alcohol and concern about drinking’s harmful effects. Alcohol abuse is no laughing matter, but is it sinful to drink and make merry, moderately and responsibly, during a holy season or at any other time? As a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Michael Foley
  • Whether Francis is a ‘Reform Pope’ depends on who you ask
    ROME – “Reform” is one of those notoriously ambiguous words – in the same category with hope, change, progress, and improvement – which everyone professes to support, but which no one defines in quite the same way. Thus, the question of whether Francis is a “Reform Pope” will depend largely ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Catholic priest and activist points finger at government in peacekeeper attack in Congo
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Xaverian missionary Father Loris Cattani has put the blame for an attack on UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the government. The UN‘s MONUSCO mission said the attack that took place  on December 7,2017  in the North Kivu province was carried out by suspected ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Ngala Killian Chimtom
  • Shrine rector sees Trinity Dome Mosaic as work of art, work of faith
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the years since its 1959 dedication, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception has had three main architectural focal points: On the exterior, its Great Dome and Knights Tower over the northeast Washington skyline, and in the interior, its dramatic Christ in Majesty ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Mark Zimmermann, CNS
  • Hold the phone: Vatican says Pope Francis doesn’t use WhatsApp
    ROME — While the thought of receiving a blessing by text from Pope Francis could have millions of mobile users glued to their smartphones, the Vatican spokesman said that isn’t his style. The spokesman, Greg Burke, issued a statement on Twitter Dec. 13 saying that Francis doesn’t use the instant ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Junno Arocho Esteves