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The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2020 / 04:17 pm (CNA).- Last year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day marked the first without Sister Mary Antona Ebo, the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights leader..
CNA - Published

U.S. bishops say death row inmate likely innocent, call for new trial

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2020 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops’ conference and the bishops of Florida are calling for a Florida death row inmate to be given a new trial, in light of evidence the..
CNA - Published

What the pope said when Martin Luther King was killed

Memphis, Tenn., Jan 20, 2020 / 11:35 am (CNA).- On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was fatally shot outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. King is remembered as the..
CNA - Published

1 of 4 kidnapped Nigerian seminarians released after suffering serious injuries

Kaduna, Nigeria, Jan 20, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- A Nigerian seminarian who was abducted this month was freed by his kidnappers after 10 days in captivity. Three seminarians kidnapped with him remain in..
CNA - Published

MLK's Dream 'was about the bettering of humanity'

New Orleans, La., Jan 20, 2020 / 10:01 am (CNA).- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to reflect on King’s vision and his example for everyone as a Christian leader who engaged in effective social..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis denounces ‘barbaric resurgence’ of anti-Semitism  

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Monday condemned the “barbaric resurgence” of cases of anti-Semitism in the world, and urged the need to respect each person’s human..
CNA - Published

German bishops welcome new organ transplant law (SIR)

The bishops supported a new law under which Germans “will be asked when renewing their national identity cards if they’d like to donate organs.” Lawmakers rejected a rival bill that would have..
Catholic Culture - Published

Rome's mayor meets with Pope (Il Tempo (Italian))

Virginia Raggi, 41, has been the city’s mayor since 2016. The following year, Raggi asked the Italian government to stop the flow of migrants into the country’s capital; in 2019, the Pontiff..
Catholic Culture - Published

As Xi visits Myanmar, bishops concerned about China-backed dam (UCANews)

Buddhism is the official religion of the Southeast Asian nation of 56.1 million (map); the nation is 76% Buddhist, 8% ethnic religionist, 8% Christian, and 4% Muslim. Pope Francis made an apostolic..
Catholic Culture - Published

Don't follow Texas' example on refugees, Miami archbishop urges (Miami Herald)

The bishops of Texas denounced Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent decision not to accept refugees.
Catholic Culture - Published

Churches critical in fighting human trafficking, members of Congress told (CNA)

On January 15, the United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission heard testimony on human trafficking (video).
Catholic Culture - Published

John the Baptist invites us to turn to Christ, Pope Francis tells pilgrims (Zenit)

Reflecting on John 1:29-34 during his January 19 Sunday Angelus address(video), Pope Francis prayed, “May the Virgin Mary obtain for us the strength to render witness to her Son, Jesus, [and] to..
Catholic Culture - Published

English weekly sees upcoming Assisi meeting as 'papal anti-Davos' (The Economist)

The Economist believes that “Pope Francis hopes to anoint a new economic model” at the the Economy of Francesco, a meeting for young economists and entrepreneurs that will take place March 26-28 in..
Catholic Culture - Published

Catholic bishops: US still 'painfully' far from Martin Luther King’s dream

Washington D.C., Jan 20, 2020 / 03:37 am (CNA).- The example of Martin Luther King, Jr., is still sorely needed in the United States, given continued injustices, racism and discrimination against..
CNA - Published

Cardinal Farrell outlines Vatican's vision for the Catholic charismatic renewal (CHARIS)

Speaking in Brazil at the first international conference for leaders of charismatic communities, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life outlined the Vatican’s vision for CHARIS,..
Catholic Culture - Published

President Trump pays tribute to religious freedom (White House)

The president issued a proclamation for Religious Freedom Day, which commemorates the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
Catholic Culture - Published

In India, Jesuit human rights activist calls for civil disobedience against citizenship law (Times of India)

Father Cedric Prakash, SJ, called for civil disobedience against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019, which discriminates against Muslims. In an interview published on January 19 in the Vatican..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope praises work of nurses, midwives (Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

“I am pleased to recall that 2020 has been internationally designated as the Year of Nurses and Midwives,” Pope Francis said on January 19. “Nurses are the most numerous and closest to the sick,..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope appeals for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya (Vatican News)

The Libya Civil War began in 2014. Islam is the official religion of the North African nation of 6.9 million (map), and 99% of its people are Muslim. The Pope issued his appeal on January 19, the day..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope encourages fishermen in their faith, work, ecological commitment (Vatican Press Office)

On January 18, Pope Francis received fishermen from the city of San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy’s Marche region (map). The fishermen, through the volunteer initiative “Fishing for Plastic”..
Catholic Culture - Published

Mexican bishop urges charitable treatment of Honduran migrants (Fides)

As a massive caravan of Honduran immigrants approaches, Bishop Jaime Calderon Calderon has asked the people of his Tapachula diocese to “treat them like brothers, just as we would like our illegal..
Catholic Culture - Published

New scandal in Mexico rocks Legion (AP)

The Legion of Christ, whose leaders assemble in Rome this week for a general chapter, face a new crisis involving sexual abuse of students at a prestigious school in Cancun, Mexico. The new charges..
Catholic Culture - Published

Nigerian archbishop: country is 'under siege' (Fides)

“No other country would tolerate this type of insecurity,” Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Kaduna said, reacting to latest act of violence against Catholic clerics: the January 8 kidnapping..
Catholic Culture - Published

Planned Parenthood announces record spending on election contests (CNA)

Planned Parenthood has laid out plans to spend $45 million on election contests in the US this year. The campaign—which targets federal, state, and local candidates—is the largest in the group’s..
Catholic Culture - Published

Chinese bishop, in isolation since 2007, freed for holiday (AsiaNews)

A Chinese archbishop of the ‘underground’ Church, who has been living in isolation since 2007 has been temporarily released to be with his family during the celebration of Chinese New Year. But..
Catholic Culture - Published

Archbishop Vigano joins Munich protest of German 'synodal path' (LifeSite News)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has been in hiding for more than a year, made a public appearance in Munich, joining in a public protest against the liberal policies of the German episcopal..
Catholic Culture - Published

Cardinal Dolan investigating complaint against Brooklyn's Bishop DiMarzio (CNA)

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has revealed that he is conducting an investigation into abuse charges leveled against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. Bishop DiMarzio disclosed in November..
Catholic Culture - Published

German political leader Schulz meets with Pope, discusses global politics (@MartinSchulz)

“It was a great honour to meet Pope Francis today,” the former President of the European Parliament (2012-17) and leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (2017-18) tweeted on January 18...
Catholic Culture - Published

Planned Parenthood announces highest election spending in its history

Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2020 / 04:55 pm (CNA).- Planned Parenthood announced this week that it plans to spend $45 million to support pro-abortion candidates at the presidential, congressional, and..
CNA - Published

DiMarzio welcomes investigation, points to personal record fighting abuse

New York City, N.Y., Jan 19, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has issued a statement welcoming an investigation into an accusation of sexual abuse made against him last..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: To know Christ better, contemplate his 'holy face'

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2020 / 06:26 am (CNA).- Meditating on the Gospel and on Christ’s holy face is a good way to know Jesus better, especially as the Lamb of God who sacrificed himself for the sins..
CNA - Published

Cardinal Dolan conducting 'Vos estis' investigation into Brooklyn bishop

New York City, N.Y., Jan 18, 2020 / 09:05 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan is conducting an investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, following an allegation of sexual abuse. The..
CNA - Published

Minn. young adults accompany, pray for bishops on ad limina visit to Rome

Vatican City, Jan 18, 2020 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Young adults from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are accompanying their bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome this week, joining them at..
CNA - Published

Miami archbishop promotes refugee resettlement

Miami, Fla., Jan 18, 2020 / 06:01 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Miami has emphasized the importance of welcoming refugees, and decried the decision of Texas Governor Greg Abbott not to participate in..
CNA - Published

Catholic family looks to honor late daughter with a dance

South Bend, Ind., Jan 18, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Raffaella Stroik loved beauty. A devout Catholic and a talented professional ballerina, Raffaella felt she experienced the beatific vision when she..
CNA - Published

Background: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (CWN)

In 1908, Rev. Paul Wattson, then an Anglican religious in Graymoor, New York, began a Church Unity Octave with the support of Anglican and Catholic prelates, including Cardinal William O’Connell of..
Catholic Culture - Published

Buffalo administrator: Catholic Charities donations will not go to abuse settlements

Buffalo, N.Y., Jan 17, 2020 / 07:19 pm (CNA).- The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo said this week that despite the possibility the diocese could file for bankruptcy protection to..
CNA - Published

Bishops visiting Holy Land ask for application of international law

Jerusalem, Jan 17, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- Following a trip to the Holy Land, a group of bishops from the United States and Europe called on their countries’ governments to acknowledge the state of..
CNA - Published

2020 Pope Francis trip to Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea possible

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- A visit from Pope Francis to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor may happen in September, according to an Indonesian Muslim leader who met with the..
CNA - Published

Supreme Court will hear Little Sisters of the Poor case, again

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Little Sisters of the Poor will have their case heard before the Supreme Court yet again in their years-long fight against the federal contraceptive..
CNA - Published

'No misunderstanding': Cardinal Sarah meets with pope emeritus

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Robert Sarah has met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to discuss the controversy following around their recently-published book "From the Depths of..
CNA - Published

Chinese bishop and priests evicted over 'fire safety'

Beijing, China, Jan 17, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Chinese officials have evicted members of the clergy, including a bishop, from their homes and are closing Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Fujian...
CNA - Published

Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

Richmond, Va., Jan 17, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold an episcopal consecration and ordination at a Catholic parish in Williamsburg,..
CNA - Published

Gregorian University to ‘review’ bishop’s allegedly plagiarized dissertation

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2020 / 11:11 am (CNA).- The Pontifical Gregorian University said Friday it will review the doctoral dissertation of Scotland’s Bishop Stephen Robson, which is alleged to contain..
CNA - Published

'No international right to abortion' says HHS Secretary

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2020 / 10:30 am (CNA).- There is no international right to abortion, the U.S. health secretary told officials from more than 30 countries on Thursday in Washington,..
CNA - Published

Washington DC clears out homeless camp, breaking up community

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2020 / 08:01 am (CNA).- A homeless encampment in Washington, DC, was permanently dismantled on Thursday, in a move the city said was designed to better improve the safety of..
CNA - Published

Vatican picks Hong Kong bishop, delays announcement

Hong Kong, China, Jan 17, 2020 / 07:06 am (CNA).- The Holy See has delayed announcing its pick for the next bishop of Hong Kong, CNA has learned, amid concerns that local clergy and lay Catholics will..
CNA - Published

Report: Around the world, 260 million Christians face persecution 

Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2020 / 02:45 am (CNA).- Christian persecution around the world is a growing problem, says a new report from an agency that documents abuses against Christians across the..
CNA - Published

Italian bishops decry anti-Semitism (SIR)

“Anti-Semitism is the most tragic manifestation of a form of exclusion that in our society is expressed in the hatred of strangers, intolerance of immigrants, racism, rejection of the weakest, the..
Catholic Culture - Published

'The blasphemy law is like a sword,' Pakistani prelate says (UCANews)

“The unjust law has been misused a hundred times to bring death and destruction,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore. “I also fear that Christians in Pakistan will have to deal..
Catholic Culture - Published

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