• With new claims against composer, archdiocese restricts local concerts
    ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Catholic hymn composer David Haas is not permitted to give presentations, workshops or concerts at events hosted by Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and his music will no longer be used at archdiocesan events, the archdiocese announced July 8. Tim O’Malley, archdiocesan director of ministerial standards, said in a statement the ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Maria Wiering
  • Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care
    ROME — Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit. After 137 days of trying to keep critically ill patients alive, staff gathered July 8 for a moment of silence to remember those who passed ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Carol Glatz
  • July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19
    OXFORD, United Kingdom — An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector. “Lourdes is all about spiritual and physical healing, and we’ve received 15,000 prayer petitions daily throughout the lockdown from around the world — for people about to die or fearing infection,” said Father ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Jonathan Luxmoore
  • Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’s baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the court’s traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman
  • California church singing ban strikes sour note for some; Catholic Church says it will comply
    SACRAMENTO, California — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Don Thompson
  • Pope names Draghi, ex-head of European Central Bank to panel
    ROME — Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a Vatican advisory panel, the Holy See said on Friday. The pontiff named Draghi, 72, as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. An economist who received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Draghi had ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Associated Press
  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister
    SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post. Milton Ribeiro, a former deputy dean of Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo who preaches at a Presbyterian church in Santos outside the metropolis, will be in charge of one ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Mauricio Savarese
  • Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt without modern touches
    PARIS — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire. No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built with potentially toxic lead. That’s the verdict reached by French ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Associated Press
  • Turkey reverts Hagia Sophia to mosque despite Orthodox pleas
    ROME – Amid a chorus of resistance from the global Orthodox world, Turkey’s State Court ruled Friday to revert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the most iconic monuments for both Christianity and Islam, to a mosque. Announced July 10, the decision annuls a 1934 decision to convert the building into a museum, ruling that the conversion was unlawful. Built under ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • Author spurns choice between ‘ethno-nationalism’ and ‘neoliberal cosmopolitanism’
    [Editor’s Note: Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in politics for several years, including pro-life and pro-family advocacy with the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Most recently, he was the editor for EWTN Publishing. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, First Things, the Catholic Herald, Plough, The Lamp, and other publications. He ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Charles C. Camosy
  • Pilgrimage to Santiago shows ‘God doesn’t make distinctions because of disability’
    ROSARIO, Argentina – Alvaro Calvente, 15, defines himself as a young man with “capabilities you can’t even imagine,” who dreams with meeting Pope Francis and who sees the Eucharist as the “biggest celebration,” so he spends several hours a day repeating the words of the Mass to himself. He and his father, Idelfonso, along with a family friend Francisco Javier ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Inés San Martín
  • Ecuadoran bishops call for use of bleaching agent to treat COVID-19
    ROSARIO, Argentina – In a letter signed by a third of the Catholic bishops in Ecuador, the prelates ask President Lenin Moreno to authorize the use of a bleaching agent as an “alternative medicine” to treat COVID-19. “We ask you to authorize the use of chlorine dioxide,” said ten of the 30 bishops in the country in a letter to ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Inés San Martín
  • Philippines lawmakers shut down news network; bishops call it ‘vital source’ of information
    MANILA, Philippines — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Franchises voted 70-11 to reject a new 25-year license for ABS-CBN Corp. The National Telecommunications Commission had ordered ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Jim Gomez
  • China vows retaliation against US sanctions over Xinjiang
    BEIJING — China said Friday it will retaliate against U.S. officials and institutions following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on three local officials of the ruling Communist Party over human rights abuses in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. China will “definitely fight back” against actions it considers interference in its internal affairs and that which threaten its sovereignty, security and development ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Associated Press
  • Pope sends message to Argentine slum priests sick with coronavirus
    ROME – On Thursday, the Curas Villeros in Argentina published a brief video of Pope Francis, who had recorded a personal message ensuring them of his prayers for three priests in the movement who are currently infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. A group of close to 40 priests who live and work in the slums of Buenos Aires, the Curas ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • With new claims against composer, archdiocese restricts local concerts
    ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Catholic hymn composer David Haas is not permitted to give presentations, workshops or concerts at events hosted by Catholic entities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and his music will no longer be used at archdiocesan events, the archdiocese announced July 8. Tim O’Malley, archdiocesan director of ministerial standards, said in a statement the ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Maria Wiering
  • Hard-hit Italian hospital has no more COVID-19 patients in intensive care
    ROME — Staff at the Pope John XXIII hospital in Bergamo — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy — announced they had no more patients with coronavirus in their intensive care unit. After 137 days of trying to keep critically ill patients alive, staff gathered July 8 for a moment of silence to remember those who passed ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Carol Glatz
  • July 16 virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes to affirm prayer against COVID-19
    OXFORD, United Kingdom — An international virtual pilgrimage to the sanctuary of Lourdes, France, will “affirm the power of prayer” against COVID-19, said the shrine’s vice rector. “Lourdes is all about spiritual and physical healing, and we’ve received 15,000 prayer petitions daily throughout the lockdown from around the world — for people about to die or fearing infection,” said Father ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Jonathan Luxmoore
  • Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’s baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak upended the court’s traditional way of doing business. When the biggest decisions were handed down, ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman
  • California church singing ban strikes sour note for some; Catholic Church says it will comply
    SACRAMENTO, California — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he’s drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services. “I said enough’s enough,” Clark said. “We will be singing and praising the Lord. … We don’t chant, but if we did ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Don Thompson
  • Pope names Draghi, ex-head of European Central Bank to panel
    ROME — Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has been appointed by Pope Francis to a Vatican advisory panel, the Holy See said on Friday. The pontiff named Draghi, 72, as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. An economist who received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Draghi had ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Associated Press
  • Brazil’s Bolsonaro picks pastor as latest education minister
    SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Friday his second pick to head the education ministry in 11 days, naming a college professor and church pastor to the post. Milton Ribeiro, a former deputy dean of Mackenzie University in Sao Paulo who preaches at a Presbyterian church in Santos outside the metropolis, will be in charge of one ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Mauricio Savarese
  • Notre Dame Cathedral to be rebuilt without modern touches
    PARIS — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire. No swimming pool or organic garden on the roof of the medieval Paris monument, or contemporary glass spire, or other modern twists. And to stay historically accurate, it will again be built with potentially toxic lead. That’s the verdict reached by French ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Associated Press
  • Turkey reverts Hagia Sophia to mosque despite Orthodox pleas
    ROME – Amid a chorus of resistance from the global Orthodox world, Turkey’s State Court ruled Friday to revert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, one of the most iconic monuments for both Christianity and Islam, to a mosque. Announced July 10, the decision annuls a 1934 decision to convert the building into a museum, ruling that the conversion was unlawful. Built under ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Elise Ann Allen
  • Author spurns choice between ‘ethno-nationalism’ and ‘neoliberal cosmopolitanism’
    [Editor’s Note: Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaker based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked in politics for several years, including pro-life and pro-family advocacy with the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Most recently, he was the editor for EWTN Publishing. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, First Things, the Catholic Herald, Plough, The Lamp, and other publications. He ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Charles C. Camosy
  • Pilgrimage to Santiago shows ‘God doesn’t make distinctions because of disability’
    ROSARIO, Argentina – Alvaro Calvente, 15, defines himself as a young man with “capabilities you can’t even imagine,” who dreams with meeting Pope Francis and who sees the Eucharist as the “biggest celebration,” so he spends several hours a day repeating the words of the Mass to himself. He and his father, Idelfonso, along with a family friend Francisco Javier ... read more
    Published on 07-11-2020By Inés San Martín
  • Ecuadoran bishops call for use of bleaching agent to treat COVID-19
    ROSARIO, Argentina – In a letter signed by a third of the Catholic bishops in Ecuador, the prelates ask President Lenin Moreno to authorize the use of a bleaching agent as an “alternative medicine” to treat COVID-19. “We ask you to authorize the use of chlorine dioxide,” said ten of the 30 bishops in the country in a letter to ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Inés San Martín
  • Philippines lawmakers shut down news network; bishops call it ‘vital source’ of information
    MANILA, Philippines — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives’ Committee on Franchises voted 70-11 to reject a new 25-year license for ABS-CBN Corp. The National Telecommunications Commission had ordered ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Jim Gomez
  • China vows retaliation against US sanctions over Xinjiang
    BEIJING — China said Friday it will retaliate against U.S. officials and institutions following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on three local officials of the ruling Communist Party over human rights abuses in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. China will “definitely fight back” against actions it considers interference in its internal affairs and that which threaten its sovereignty, security and development ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Associated Press
  • Pope sends message to Argentine slum priests sick with coronavirus
    ROME – On Thursday, the Curas Villeros in Argentina published a brief video of Pope Francis, who had recorded a personal message ensuring them of his prayers for three priests in the movement who are currently infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. A group of close to 40 priests who live and work in the slums of Buenos Aires, the Curas ... read more
    Published on 07-10-2020By Elise Ann Allen