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  • Use online outlets to communicate truth in love, not spread hate, archbishop says
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 14, 2021

    An epidemic of hatred in social media and digital news, in which people turn against one another rather than speak truth in love, is poisoning communications and damaging the unity Christ calls for, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote in a pastoral letter.

  • Louisiana poised to create window for sex abuse lawsuits
    on June 14, 2021

    Louisiana state capitol / Sean Pavone/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2021 / 11:20 am (CNA). The Louisiana state legislature last week passed a bill allowing for new lawsuits in old cases of child sex abuse where the statute of limitations had already expired.An amended version of the bill, House Bill 492, passed the state house on Thursday with 102 votes in favor, none against, and three abstentions. On Friday it was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) for signature.The legislation creates a three-year period during which survivors of child sex abuse can file lawsuits against their alleged abuser, even when the statute of limitations would normally impede such lawsuits.The Archdiocese […]

  • Catholic media must proclaim God’s word, not polarize, Bishop Barron says
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 14, 2021

    Prioritizing the resurrection of Jesus over some "false dichotomy, pitting one against the other," was one theme along with social media and synodality in a talk by popular speaker Bishop Robert Barron to Catholic media professionals June 10.

  • New solar energy project in Brooklyn Diocese is response to ‘Laudato Si”
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 14, 2021

    Catholic Charities launched the Laudato Si Corporation, a green-energy initiative to generate renewable energy with arrays of solar photovoltaic panels mounted on the rooftops of residential buildings across the Brooklyn Diocese.

  • Parish assignments for permanent deacons announced
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 14, 2021

    Archbishop Nelson Perez announced retirement for 12 deacons, changes of assignment for five other deacons and first parish assignments for the nine newly ordained deacons in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

  • Pope Francis: Help the world’s small food producers
    on June 14, 2021

    Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014. / FAO Giulio Napolitano. Vatican City, Jun 14, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA). The pope made the appeal in a message to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

  • Pope Francis: Marginalizing the poor threatens ‘the very concept of democracy’
    on June 14, 2021

    Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 14, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA). In his World Day of the Poor message, the pope appealed for a new global approach to poverty.

  • Parents lose three children to tragic accident: ‘If Jesus can forgive me, I can forgive’
    on June 13, 2021

    Danny and Leila Abdallah / EWTN News In Depth Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). It was a hot summer day when Danny and Leila Abdallah found out that three of their children had perished in a car accident. The proud parents of six, Danny and Leila never imagined that the last time they would speak with three of their children was when they gave them permission to walk down a footpath in Sydney, Australia, for ice cream. Minutes later, a car hit their children - ages nine, 12, and 13 - and their lives changed forever. While the Abdallahs live in Australia, Danny and Leila first met in Lebanon, they told EWTN News In Depth on June 4. From the beginning, they were attracted to […]

  • Amoris laetitia webinar equips leaders to build up sacramental marriages in the Church
    on June 13, 2021

    scribbletaylor via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Rome Newsroom, Jun 13, 2021 / 08:50 am (CNA). Organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, the four-day webinar centered on the question: "Where do we stand with the application of Amoris laetitia?"

  • Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'
    on June 13, 2021

    Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 13, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA). "Even the seed of our good works may seem small; yet, all that is good belongs to God and therefore humbly, slowly bears fruit," Pope Francis said.

  • Cardinal Zen says possible restrictions to extraordinary form Mass are ‘worrying’
    on June 12, 2021

    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Jun 12, 2021 / 06:30 am (CNA). Cardinal Joseph Zen called possible restrictions to the celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form “worrying news.”

  • Eucharistic coherence and the USCCB spring meeting: Five questions you need answered
    on June 12, 2021

    A priest distributes Holy Communion. / Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images Denver Newsroom, Jun 11, 2021 / 22:00 pm (CNA). Where did the term eucharistic coherence originate?The term eucharistic coherence originated in the final document of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007. Then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, a principal draftee, lauded the document and Pope Benedict XVI authorized the final text praising the “wealth of reflections in the light of the faith and the contemporary social context.”This is the full paragraph:“We hope that legislators, heads of government, and health professionals, conscious of the […]

  • New Supreme Knight urges members to be 'Knights of the Eucharist'
    on June 12, 2021

    Patrick Kelly (right) installed as Supreme Knight by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore (left) / Knights of Columbus New Haven, Conn., Jun 11, 2021 / 18:08 pm (CNA). The new Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Patrick Kelly, emphasized reverence for the Eucharist at his installation on Friday at St. Mary’s parish in New Haven, Connecticut.In consecrating his administration of the Knights of Columbus to St. Joseph, Kelly pointed to the saint as the protector of Jesus – and called on Knights to do the same in reverencing and protecting the Eucharist.“The example of St. Joseph teaches us how to be Knights of the Eucharist. He was the guardian of the first tabernacle — […]

  • Survey shows more Americans believe abortion is ‘morally acceptable’ than ‘morally wrong’
    on June 11, 2021

    Unsplash Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). A new Gallup poll reveals, for the first time in two decades of surveys, more Americans believe abortion “morally acceptable” than “morally wrong.” According to a Gallup poll published on Thursday, 47% of people surveyed found abortion to be “morally acceptable,” the highest tally since the poll began in 2001. Conversely, 46% of those surveyed said that they believed abortion to be “morally wrong.” The survey was conducted from May 3-18. A total of 1,016 adults were randomly surveyed, and Gallup estimates the margin of error to be plus or minus four percentage points.Last year, the Gallup survey numbers on abortion […]

  • Archbishop Lori: Knights of Columbus must be at the forefront of Eucharistic renewal
    on June 11, 2021

    Archbishop William Lori, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus. / Knights of Columbus Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 16:03 pm (CNA). Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, called on the Knights not only to “support” but also to “be in the forefront” of a national Eucharistic Revival project to be presented to the U.S. bishops next week.At his address during the Knights of Columbus state deputies meeting in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, Archbishop Lori previewed a proposed three-year Eucharistic Revival project of the U.S. bishops which would launch in 2022.Lori said the project would take place at “the parish, diocesan, and […]

  • Texas supreme court rejects defamation lawsuit against Lubbock diocese
    on June 11, 2021

    Cathedral of Christ the King, Lubbock, Texas / Diocese of Lubbock (CC BY-SA 4.0) Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 15:04 pm (CNA). The Texas supreme court on Friday rejected a defamation lawsuit against the Lubbock diocese, filed by a former deacon who disputed the diocese listing him as “credibly accused” of abuse of a minor.In an 8-1 decision, the Texas supreme court ruled that the First Amendment shields the internal management decisions of churches from secular courts and governments.“The ecclesiastical abstention doctrine prohibits civil courts from delving into matters of ‘theological controversy, church discipline, ecclesiastical government, or the conformity of the members of […]

  • Monastery hosts Latin Mass for Sacred Heart feast
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated on June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph and St. Anne.

  • Activists claim US bishops will vote to deny Biden Communion. Here's what their meeting will actually address.
    on June 11, 2021

    USCCB fall 2019 general assembly / Christine Rousselle/CNA Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 13:15 pm (CNA). While some activists claim that the U.S. bishops will be voting next week on denying Communion to President Joe Biden, the bishops will be considering a number of items at their annual spring meeting – none which specifically concern Biden.The online activist group Faithful America – which has previously targeted bishops on issues of religious freedom and same-sex marriage – recently released a statement calling on the bishops to not vote “on whether Joe Biden and other pro-choice lawmakers are fit to receive Holy Communion.”They called the vote a “right-wing hit job,” […]

  • Webinar explores rituals as entry to the holy
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    A June 19 online session from Cranaleith Spiritual Center will trace the ways in which even everyday rituals serve as a way of encountering the divine.

  • CNA’s award-winning podcast celebrates 100 episodes
    on June 11, 2021

    Forest Run/Shutterstock. Denver Newsroom, Jun 11, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Catholic News Agency’s award-winning flagship podcast CNA Newsroom is returning to weekly publication, in celebration of its 100th episode. CNA Newsroom is a storytelling podcast, anchored by the latest Catholic news. Episodes have featured the voices of countless bishops, Catholic experts, and laity living out the Gospel in their everyday lives. “I’m very proud of the stories we share on CNA Newsroom,” said Alejandro Bermudez, Catholic News Agency’s executive director. “The podcast provides a crucial platform for CNA’s continued mission of evangelization, and will continue to do so for years to come.” […]

  • Cranaleith hosts online session on prayer, imagination, Scripture
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    Author and Sister of Mercy Joy Clough will reflect on how all three intersected with human experience in Jesus' own life, and in the stories through which he taught.

  • Malvern hosts Sacred Heart retreat for young adults
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    Father Steven DeLacy will lead a June 11-13 weekend featuring Mass, adoration, lection divina, fellowship and more at Malvern Retreat House.

  • Archbishop Perez welcomes new deacons to ministry
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    Watch a video of Archbishop Nelson Perez announcing his ordination of nine men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, June 12 at 10 a.m., which you can watch on his Facebook page.

  • All-Catholic teams named for softball, baseball
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 11, 2021

    The Philadelphia Catholic League announced the first, second and third teams of outstanding players in two spring sports.

  • Canadian Indigenous leaders plan trip to Vatican to request papal apology over residential schools
    on June 11, 2021

    The former Kamloops Indian Residential School / Bruce Raynor/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 11:01 am (CNA). A group of Canadian Indigenous leaders are planning a trip to the Vatican this fall to request a formal papal apology for past abuses at Catholic-run residential schools.Leaders of the Assembly of First Nations and the Métis National Council are planning the visit, alongside the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). In Canada, Indigenous populations that historically populated the region south of the Arctic are referred to as “First Nations.” The “Métis” communities share both Indigenous and European heritage. Both National Chief Perry Bellegarde of […]

  • Rochester diocese says it has acted in ‘good faith’ in mediation with abuse survivors
    on June 11, 2021

    Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Rochester, New York / DanielPenfield via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 10:02 am (CNA). The Diocese of Rochester on Thursday said it has been acting in “good faith,” in response to claims by clergy abuse survivors that the diocese is stalling in bankruptcy mediation proceedings. “The Diocese has acted in good faith over the course of multiple mediation sessions and is committed to continuing those good faith negotiations with its insurers and the Creditors Committee,” a spokesperson for the diocese told CNA in a statement on Thursday.The diocese, which filed for bankruptcy in September 2019, had entered into negotiations […]

  • Pope Francis’ inspection of Vatican Congregation for Clergy one of many to come
    on June 11, 2021

    View of St. Peter's Basilica. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 11, 2021 / 09:00 am (CNA). News of the inspection emerged days before the appointment of the congregation’s new prefect.

  • Secular group wins case to install mock nativity display at Texas capitol
    on June 11, 2021

    Display by Freedom from Religion Foundation at the Iowa state capitol, 2016 / Freedom from Religion Foundation Washington D.C., Jun 11, 2021 / 08:01 am (CNA). After a six-year court battle, a secular group will be permitted to install a “Bill of Rights Nativity Exhibit” at the Texas Capitol following a federal court decision last month.The secular advocacy group Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit six years ago to install a mock nativity display at the Texas state capitol building. The “Bill of Rights Nativity Scene” mimics the traditional nativity scene with St. Joseph, the Blessed Mother, and the infant Jesus. Instead of the Holy Family, the “Bill of Rights […]

  • Pope Francis names new prefect of Vatican Congregation for Clergy
    on June 11, 2021

    Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 11, 2021 / 06:57 am (CNA). The 69-year-old bishop is the first Korean to lead a Vatican congregation.

  • Vatican imposes term limits for leaders of ecclesial movements to stop ‘violations and abuses’
    on June 11, 2021

    Cardinal Kevin Farrell. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 11, 2021 / 05:10 am (CNA). The norms, signed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, come into force on Sept. 11.