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Religious leaders encourage penitants to seek absolution from the sin of abortion

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed Pope Francis’ November 20 apostolic letter “Misericordia et Misera” (“Mercy and Misery”). In his letter, Pope Francis extended the Year of Mercy provision granting priests worldwide a faculty related to the sin of […]


Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2. The recognition of his martyrdom clears the way for his beatification. Father Rother, born March 27, 1935, on his family’s farm […]


Tennessee bishop asks for prayers for victims of wildfires

GATLINBURG, Tenn.—Catholic parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are among those who have lost homes and businesses in the wildfires that ravaged tourist areas in the Great Smoky Mountains region Nov. 29, said Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville. News reports said the death toll from the fires had reached at least seven, with as […]


Catholic leaders ask Congress to increase humanitarian aid

BALTIMORE—The head of Catholic Relief Services and the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees have urged congressional leaders to approve additional funding for humanitarian relief and recovery operations as part of a comprehensive budget measure for fiscal 2017. The Catholic leaders wrote a letter Nov. 28 in support of a request by the Obama administration […]


Vatican Nativity scene to highlight issues close to pope

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican’s Christmas tree and Nativity scene will feature unique designs and decorations highlighting several issues close to Pope Francis, including care for the environment, the sick and migrants. An 82-foot spruce tree will be the centerpiece of the Vatican’s Christmas holidays, the governing office of Vatican City said. The tree was harvested Nov. […]


U.N. warns of potential famine in Madagascar

CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Hunger levels are so severe in drought-ridden southern Madagascar that many people in remote villages have eaten almost nothing but cactus fruit for up to four years, said a Catholic Relief Services official. Eating this fruit leaves crimson stains on people’s faces and hands, and there is a “shame of poverty associated […]


Papal Advent advice: Don’t be dominated by material things

VATICAN CITY—The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things, Pope Francis said Sunday during his Angelus address. Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather to govern them,” […]


HHS contraceptive mandate in limbo, awaiting action

WASHINGTON—The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have been cautiously breathing a sigh of relief since the presidential election. “Everyone is still protected by the Supreme Court’s order,” but they know with a new administration it could change in minutes,” said Mark […]


Cardinal Dolan urges stronger efforts to stop assisted suicide

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has called for increased efforts and “renewed vigor” to stop legalized physician-assisted suicide after the practice was approved by voters in Colorado and the District of Columbia City Council. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York urged Catholics to join medical professionals, disability rights groups […]


Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions

VATICAN CITY—Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he […]


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