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Fight scandal through Gospel witness, pope tells young people

ROME—Members of the Catholic Church sin and give scandal, it’s true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to live the faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love of Jesus. “The best way to respond is with witness,” the pope said Aug. 11 in response to a […]


What’s driving the growth of Catholic churches in the Bible Belt?

CHARLESTON, S.C.—In the thick of the Bible Belt, the famously evangelical Protestant region in the southeastern United States, some Catholic Masses are filling to standing-room only. Meanwhile, many Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches are struggling to keep enough people in the pews to justify opening their doors. It has widely been reported that the U.S. […]


Archbishop Gregory: Weary of ‘cloud of shame’ shrouding church leaders

ATLANTA—Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory issued a print and video statement Aug. 9 on the website of The Georgia Bulletin, archdiocesan newspaper, expressing his “profound anger, sadness and distress concerning sexual abuse by church leaders of children, young people and those over whom they exercised authority.” “My anger and disappointment, shared by Catholics and others, […]


Argentina Senate votes down bill to legalize abortion

MEXICO CITY—The Argentine Senate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure early Aug. 9 following a 15-hour debate. The measure had been approved in June by the lower house of Congress. The Argentine bishops’ conference hailed the vote, saying the […]


Fear, uncertainty lead to worshipping false idols, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said. “To escape precariousness, human nature looks for a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion. If God does not show himself, we create a tailor-made god,” the pope said Aug. 8 during his weekly […]


St. Katharine Drexel’s tomb will be moved to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—The remains of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, will be transferred in the coming weeks from the crypt under the chapel of St. Elizabeth Convent, the congregation’s Bensalem motherhouse, to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. The transfer is precipitated by the decision of the […]


Vatican: Use internet to promote tourism that respects locales

VATICAN CITY—With more and more people planning their vacations online and sharing their experiences digitally, the tourism industry and tourists themselves should pay more attention to using online forums to encourage respect for the locales visited and for the communities that live there, the Vatican said. In a message for the Sept. 27 celebration of […]


Xavier University, institute to be hub for sainthood causes of African-American Catholics

NEW ORLEANS—Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced July 31 that the university and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies will become the new hub for the advancement of sainthood causes of African-American Catholics. Verret made the announcement in the university’s St. Katharine Drexel chapel. Privy to this historic announcement were attendees of […]


Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY—Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its abolition […]


DiNardo: Church must address its leaders’ ‘moral failures of judgment’

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick “will rightly face” a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders’ “moral failures of judgment,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop […]


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