• Protest fears close Catholic school after March for Life videos
    COVINGTON, Kentucky — A Kentucky boys’ school shut down its campus on Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter involving white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. President Donald ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John Minchillo and Bruce Shreiner
  • Most U.S. bishops say they would ordain women deacons, if Vatican gives OK
    A new study released on Tuesday found that a high majority of U.S. Catholic bishops and deacon directors believe that if the Holy See gives the green light to ordination of women deacons, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) would implement the practice. The findings, however, also revealed ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Vatican insists no reports of sexual abuse against Argentine
    ROME — The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti repeated Tuesday that the Vatican only received the first ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nicole Winfield
  • Vatican and Muslim experts unite to defend palliative healthcare
    ROME – Speaking to Catholic and Muslim experts on healthcare and ethics at a conference in Qatar this Tuesday, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life said that religions should be the guardians of palliative care. “Palliative care represents a human right and several international programs are working to ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Different nations, but one faith unites Panama’s World Youth Day pilgrims
    PANAMA CITY — Jorge Soto wore a wrestling mask typical of Lucha Libre fighters in Mexico and every few steps he took, others would sidle up to have a picture taken with him. The mask was fun to wear, and it was something associated with his native country, which he ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Rhina Guidos
  • Notre Dame to cover up murals of Columbus in the New World
    SOUTH BEND, Indiana — The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school’s president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers. The 12 murals created in the 1880s by ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Associated Press
  • Inmates at Panama youth prison anticipate visit from pope
    LAS GARZAS, Panama — More than 100,000 young people are expected to show up in Panama City when Pope Francis visits this week for World Youth Day. At a detention center about 25 miles away there are 144 more who can’t make the trip, locked up for serious crimes including ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Juan Zamorano
  • As bigwigs gather in Davos, newlyweds leave to join Pope in Panama
    PANAMA CITY, Panama — As the planet’s movers and shakers travel this week to Davos, Switzerland, one young married couple now living there has left the Alpine country to attend another global gathering in support of a world leader who matters even more to them: Pope Francis. Brazilian-born Leticia Vera ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Neo-Nazis in Rome blast pope as a ‘dirty Mason’ for pro-immigrant stance
    ROME – Late last Sunday night, Rome got another small taste of the mounting tension between Pope Francis’s Vatican and the nationalist-populist wave cresting in Europe, as three men were arrested for putting banners on city walls accusing the pope of being a “dirty Mason” and including a reference to ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Elise Harris
  • French pro-lifers eye possible alliance with ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters
    ROME – Two days after pro-life activists in the United States marched in Washington D.C., thousands paraded in the streets of Paris, France on Jan. 20 to support life and the unborn. “All the evil in the world is summed up by contempt for life,” said Pope Francis in a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Bishop says N.Y. abortion bill is ‘Death Star’ that must not become law
    ALBANY, New York — Albany’s Catholic bishop has called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the “Death Star” as he called a bill in the state Legislature to expand current state law on abortion that has the full backing of Cuomo, a Catholic. “Although in your recent State ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Bishops urge bipartisan plan to stop shutdown, protect ‘vulnerable’ groups
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump and Congress “must come together” to reach a bipartisan solution that reopens the government and “recognizes the economic struggle” now facing federal workers and their families and all those helped by federal nutrition and housing programs, said two U.S. bishops. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Julie Asher
  • Bishop praises UK government’s decision to stop charge for EU citizens
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – British Prime Minster Theresa May’s announcement that the government is scrapping a planned fee for EU citizens remaining in the UK has been welcomed by the Catholic Church. “I am pleased that the government has abandoned plans to charge EU citizens for securing their existing rights,” ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • MLK called ‘artisan of peace’ and ‘true witness to power of Gospel’
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Societies today need “artisans of peace,” like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. King “was ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Catholic News Service
  • Filipino Muslims vote in referendum on autonomous region
    MARAWI, Philippines — Muslims in the southern Philippines voted Monday in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants. The vote caps ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Joeal Calupitan