• World Kindness Day: ‘A true Christian brings kindness to others’
    As the world marks World Kindness Day, we recall the kindness shared by and between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Chilean Bishops: “Chile can’t wait!”
    In an appeal to the politicians and people of Chile, the Bishops’ Conference reminds them of what history teaches about the breakdown of institutions, urging all men and women of good will to put an end to violence of every kind. ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • U.S. bishops support call to declare St. Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church
    On Nov. 12, the U.S. bishops expressed support that St. Irenaeus of Lyon be declared a Doctor of the Church. The vote came following a bid for the support of the U.S. bishops as requested by Cardinal Phillipe Barbarin of Lyon, France, in conjunction with the support of the French episcopal conference. While there is no fixed process for declaring ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Record floods in Venice damage St. Mark’s Basilica
    .- The crypt of S. Mark’s Basilica is left completely flooded Wednesday after Venice’s water levels hit the highest level in more than 50 years.Local authorities have called for a state of emergency after one man died in the worst flooding in Venice in decades. The high water mark reached over 6 ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Record floods in Venice damage St. Mark’s Basilica
    .- The crypt of S. Mark’s Basilica is left completely flooded Wednesday after Venice’s water levels hit the highest level in more than 50 years.Local authorities have called for a state of emergency after one man died in the worst flooding in Venice in decades. The high water mark reached over 6 ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Hong Kong bishop urges independent inquiry into student’s death
    HONG KONG — A bishop is calling on the Hong Kong government to set up an independent inquiry into the death of a student during the latest pro-democracy riots. Ucanews.org reported Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing of Hong Kong made his call during a prayer meeting to mourn Chow Tsz-lok, who died Nov. 8 after a suspicious fall at a ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019By Catholic News Service
  • Cardinal Bo hails Pope’s Thai-Japanese visit as “moment of grace
    Cardinal Charles Bo, the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), has issued a message on the occasion of the upcoming apostolic journey of the Pope to Asia. ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Archbishop reports on progress of document on marriage and family life
    BALTIMORE — A new “pastoral framework for marriage and family life” should be ready for a vote by the U.S. bishops by next November at the latest, according to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. It may even be ready for a vote when the bishops meet in June 2020, said Archbishop Chaput, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019By Mark Pattison
  • Divided Supreme Court seems unsure about DACA’s fate
    BALTIMORE — In a high-stakes issue before the Supreme Court Nov. 12, it was not clear how the justices will ultimately resolve the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The court heard arguments on three separate appellate court rulings that have blocked President Donald Trump’s 2017 order to end DACA — a 2012 program ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019By Carol Zimmermann
  • What the poor can teach us
    Shortly after his election, Pope Francis explained why he took the name “Francis” as his papal name after St. Francis Assisi. “How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor,” he said. The notion that the Church shouldn’t just help the poor but also learn from them has, in some ways, […] The post What the ... read more
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  • Analysis: US Bishops at Odds Over Abortion and the ‘Francis Test’
    By Ed Condon/CNA | BALTIMORE — During the second day of the USCCB’s fall General Assembly in Baltimore, divisions among the bishops bubbled briefly to the surface, with bishops exchanging sharp ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Bishops approve new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours
    BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops voted to approve close to 300 new hymn texts for the Liturgy of the Hours. The Nov. 12 vote was 205-5 with two abstentions. The proposal needed two-thirds of the Latin-rite bishops to vote yes, or 164 votes. They must now receive confirmation from the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. This effort ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019By Mark Pattison
  • Pope appeals for dialogue, protecting the vulnerable in Burkina Faso
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • Pope denounces increasing violence against Jewish people
    IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis warned that violence against Jewish people, which reached a state of horror during World War II, is on the rise again. During his weekly general audience Nov. 13, the pope reflected on the lives of Priscilla and Aquila, a first-century married couple who accompanied St. Paul in his ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019
  • In darkness, bishops must be heralds of hope, Buffalo bishop says
    IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzROME (CNS) -- The long nights and rain of November eventually lead to the expectation and joy of Advent and Christmas, which reminds people that Christian hope is the only way forward through difficult moments, said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York. "In these times that appear dark, in which we sometimes feel ... read more
    Published on 11-13-2019