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  • Archbishop Pérez calls cardinal’s appointment source of hope, joy
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, the first African-American cardinal, is a "faithful shepherd of great energy and wisdom," said Archbishop Nelson Pérez in an Oct. 27 statement.

  • New Orleans archdiocese seeks laicization for all clergy credibly accused of sex abuse
    on October 27, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Oct 27, 2020 / 02:45 pm (CNA).-   While allegations against two New Orleans-area priests have again raised questions about the Church’s response to clergy misconduct, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has confirmed that for the past two years it has been seeking to laicize clergy who have been removed from ministry for credible reports of sexual abuse. “In the Archdiocese of New Orleans, very soon after the publication of the 2018 Clergy Abuse Report, conversations began in an effort to seek the laicization of those living clergy that had been removed from ministry for abuse of a minor and this is in process,” Sarah McDonald, communications director at the New Orleans […]

  • Report: Vatican investigators focus on longtime investment manager
    on October 27, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 27, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- An Italian newsweekly said Friday that it has obtained a document in which Vatican investigators focus on a longtime investment manager for the Holy See as a central figure in the ongoing financial scandal. The investment manager has said there is nothing unusual about his work at the Vatican. In a report published Oct. 23, L’Espresso said it had obtained a letter rogatory sent from the Vatican to Switzerland highlighting alleged activities of Enrico Crasso, an Italian-born Swiss citizen. Letters rogatory are formal requests from courts in one country to the courts of another country for judicial assistance.  The magazine published a […]

  • In ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ game, light is right over dark side
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Players take the roles of both good guys and bad as the Republic's honorable forces battle the Empire's evil attackers. Gamers can join forces with others to fight side by side.

  • Vatican abuse trial: Victim petitions to sue pre-seminary and religious group
    on October 27, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 27, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it. The Oct. 27 hearing was the second in the trial against defendants Fr. Gabriele Martinelli, 28, and Fr. Enrico Radice, 72. Martinelli was charged earlier this month with using violence and his authority to commit sexual abuse over a number of years, and Radice was charged with impeding investigations into the abuse. The defendants, who have not publicly addressed the accusations against them, […]

  • Father McBride, nationally known as leader in education, catechetics, dies
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Norbertine Father Alfred McBride, a Philadelphia native in St. Patrick Parish, was a well published author and teacher, and was spiritual director for the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

  • Priests support ‘spiritual Communion’ as COVID-19 cases spike again
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    The act of desiring union with Jesus in the sacrament and preparing oneself for Mass when one can't actually receive the Eucharist is again in focus this autumn as it was last spring.

  • 'One of our own': Catholic leaders welcome Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
    on October 27, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 27, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic bishops, academics, and policy experts hailed the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on October 26. Barrett was confirmed Monday evening in a senate vote that mostly divided along party lines.  Barrett is now the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh. In addition, Barrett will join Sotomayor as the only two Catholic female Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans hailed Barrett, a Louisiana native, as “one of our own” on Monday evening. “We […]

  • Two New Jerseyans ready for new ministry to the young in Philadelphia
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Marisally Santiago of Newark and Matthew Davis of Camden, who will lead the offices for youth and young adults, respectively, in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, share their visions for ministry.

  • Pre-election holy hour calls faithful to pray for U.S.
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    During the Nov. 1 gathering at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, participants will pray for each U.S. state while focusing on the "loving, peaceful gaze of God" and seeking his will.

  • Two New Jerseyans ready for new ministry to the young in Philadelphia
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Marisally Santiago of Newark and Matthew Davis of Camden, who will lead the offices for youth and young adults, respectively, in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, share their visions for ministry.

  • Young adults expand study of economy despite pandemic
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    An international meeting of young economists and entrepreneurs was cancelled in March but has continued online for seven months to study how the modern global economy is harming people and the environment.

  • Mississippi abortion decision due as Amy Coney Barrett joins Supreme Court
    on October 27, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 27, 2020 / 10:05 am (CNA).- As new Justice Amy Coney Barrett takes her seat at the Supreme Court, one of the first decisions on her desk will be the court’s consideration of whether to review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Last Thursday, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch asked the Supreme Court to review the case of the state’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. The law had been blocked by a district court in 2018, and an appeals court judge upheld that ruling in December, 2019. Mississippi then appealed the case to the Supreme Court. The case has been distributed at the Supreme Court for consideration; as soon as Friday, Oct. 30, justices could […]

  • Nov. 7 funeral Mass set for longtime minister to Deaf community
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    Redemptorist Father Anthony Russo, who led the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Deaf Apostolate for 45 years, died in March. His funeral Mass will be at St. Peter Church, Philadelphia.

  • Archbishop Nelson Perez’s public calendar for November 2020
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on October 27, 2020

    See this month’s public schedule for Archbishop Nelson Perez.

  • Pope Francis urges Europe’s leaders to rediscover ‘path of fraternity’
    on October 27, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 27, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis warned Europe’s leaders Tuesday that the project of European unity is at risk unless they “rediscover the path of fraternity” that inspired the project’s founders. In a letter signed Oct. 22, the feast day of St. John Paul II, and released Oct. 27, the pope wrote: “We can either continue to pursue the path we have taken in the past decade, yielding to the temptation to autonomy and thus to ever greater misunderstanding, disagreement and conflict, or we can rediscover the path of fraternity that inspired and guided the founders of modern Europe, beginning precisely with Robert Schuman.” He made the remarks in a letter […]

  • Order of Malta to elect new Grand Master amid constitutional clash
    on October 27, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 27, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- On October 23, CNA interviewed HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, about the religious order’s international work and ongoing process of constitutional reform. This is part two of that interview. On November 7, the professed knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta are scheduled to gather in Rome for a Council Complete of State, the gathering of representatives from across the order's provinces and ranks, at which they will elect a new Grand Master to lead an ongoing constitutional reform effort of the nearly one-thousand-year-old order. In normal times, the […]

  • El Paso bishop asks for prayer, smaller Masses as coronavirus cases increase
    on October 27, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 26, 2020 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso has called for prayer and a small capacity of attendees at Mass, as a coronavirus case surge in the area has overwhelmed local hospitals. “Our entire community ought to be very concerned about the unprecedented number of positive cases that were reported today. Clearly this virus, which is a mortal threat to many, is spreading unchecked at this time,” Seitz said in a video statement Oct. 22. According to the AP, El Paso County health officials reported that as of Oct. 25 the county had 772 new coronavirus cases, one day after 1,216 new cases were reported. El Paso county now comprises 20% of the total new […]

  • Los Angeles archdiocese offers Dia de los Muertos resources amid pandemic
    on October 27, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 26, 2020 / 06:26 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is helping Catholic students and their families celebrate Día de los Muertos amid the pandemic this year, with online videos and craft kids for Catholic students. Instead of the usual in-person cultural events, the archdiocese’s Office of Religious Education and Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries will offer pandemic-friendly initiatives to help school children and their families learn about Día de los Muertos. Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” is a primarily Mexican way of celebrating the feasts of All Souls Day and All Saints Day. The celebration is an expression of Latin American culture and […]

  • Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice
    on October 27, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 26, 2020 / 06:08 pm (CNA).- This story has been updated. The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Barrett, who is Catholic, was sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice in a White House ceremony shortly after the vote Monday evening. The 52-48 vote, which fell largely along party lines, came shortly before 8pm Monday evening and after a rare Sunday session day for the chamber in which senators voted to clear the way for Barrett’s confirmation vote on Oct. 26. Republican Sen. Susan Collins joined Democrats in opposing Barrett’s confirmation. Following the vote, a formal resolution of […]

  • As Coloradans consider late-term abortion ban, statistics shed light on Colorado clinic
    on October 26, 2020

    Denver, Colo., Oct 26, 2020 / 05:06 pm (CNA).-   Coloradans are preparing for a ballot referendum that would ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy in the state. While abortion advocates argue that such abortions are “extremely rare,” statistics recorded by a longtime Colorado abortionist shed light on the late term abortions performed at one Boulder clinic. The data reveals hundreds of late-term abortions performed over a 20-year period on babies with fetal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Warren Hern, an abortionist who has been active in Boulder, Colorado since 1975, released a paper in 2014 which included many self-reported statistics about the abortions his clinic […]

  • Catholic Florida man reinstated as university senate president by student court ruling
    on October 26, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 26, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Florida State University’s Student Supreme Court has reinstated Jack Denton as president of the Student Senate. Denton was removed from his post in June over comments in a private chat group for Catholic students which were subsequently circulated to a member of the senate. In a decision issued Monday, the university court wrote that Denton “contends that his removal as Senate President was improper because the vote of no-confidence was based on unconstitutional retaliation for his private statements in the Catholic Student Union group chat, expressing his religious beliefs, and thus was in violation of his First Amendment rights to Freedom of […]

  • Pope Francis' Christmas liturgies to take place without public
    on October 26, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 26, 2020 / 11:13 am (CNA).- Pope Francis' Christmas liturgies at the Vatican will be offered without public participation this year, as countries continue to react to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a letter seen by CNA which was sent by the Secretariat of State to embassies accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis will celebrate the Vatican liturgies of the Christmas season "in a private form without the presence of members of the diplomatic Corps." The letter, which was sent by the section for general affairs Oct. 22, said the liturgies will be streamed online. Diplomats accredited to the Holy See usually attend papal liturgies as special guests. Due to […]

  • Senate set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court Monday evening
    on October 26, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 26, 2020 / 08:45 am (CNA).- Amy Coney Barrett is expected to be confirmed to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, after the Senate held a rare Sunday session during which a majority of senators moved to advance her nomination to a full vote. In a 51-48 vote on Sunday, senators moved to invoke cloture on Barrett’s confirmation—setting a time limit on the debate over her confirmation, with a final vote at the end to confirm her to the Supreme Court. She was nominated by President Trump to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Court, on Sept. 26. Barrett, a Catholic, currently serves as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a former […]

  • Pope Francis: 'The times we live in are times of Mary'
    on October 26, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 26, 2020 / 04:22 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Saturday that the times we live in are the “times of Mary.” The pope made the remark at an Oct. 24 event marking the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Theological Faculty “Marianum” in Rome. Speaking to an estimated 200 students and professors from the theological faculty in the Paul VI Audience Hall, the pope said that we are living in the time of the Second Vatican Council. “No other Council in history has given Mariology as much space as that dedicated to it by Chapter VIII of ‘Lumen gentium,’ which concludes and in a certain sense summarizes the entire Dogmatic Constitution on the […]

  • Named for Father Michael McGivney, Catholic high school eager to celebrate beatification
    on October 25, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Oct 25, 2020 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- The upcoming beatification of American priest Father Michael McGivney is a time for celebration and reflection for southern Illinois’ Father McGivney Catholic High School, named for the founder of the Knights of Columbus who lived a life of service before dying in a pandemic. “After the first couple of years teaching about (McGivney), I realized just how much this school is set up in a way that sees him as a model for what we do,” Craig Brummer, faith formation director at the high school, told CNA Oct. 23. “His care, particularly for widows and orphans, has been a constant reminder that the most vulnerable always need our help,” […]

  • Pope Francis prays for peace and justice in Nigeria
    on October 25, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 25, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria after reciting the Angelus Sunday. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square Oct. 25, the pope said he prayed that peace would be restored “through the promotion of justice and the common good.”  He said: “I follow with particular concern the news coming from Nigeria about the recent violent clashes between law enforcement agencies and some young protesters.”  “We pray to the Lord that all forms of violence will always be avoided, in the constant search for social harmony through the promotion of justice and the common good.”  Protests against police […]

  • Pope Francis to create 13 new cardinals, including Washington Archbishop Gregory
    on October 25, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 25, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Sunday that he will create 13 new cardinals, including Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, at a consistory on Nov. 28, the vigil of the First Sunday of Advent. The pope announced his intention to add to the College of Cardinals from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, after leading the Angelus Oct. 25. Gregory, who was appointed Archbishop of Washington in 2019, will become the first Black cardinal of the United States.  Other cardinals-designate include Maltese Bishop Mario Grech, who became secretary general of the Synod of Bishops in September, and the Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, who was named prefect of […]

  • Context of pope’s ‘civil union’ documentary comment reported
    on October 24, 2020

    CNA Staff, Oct 24, 2020 / 04:42 pm (CNA).-   A fuller context of remarks from Pope Francis on civil unions in a recent documentary has emerged, while questions continue to surround the documentary, and the Vatican has not responded to requests for comment. “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope is seen to say in a documentary released Wednesday, during a scene in which he talks about pastoral care for those who identify as LGBT. “I stood up for that,” Pope Francis is seen to add. The documentary, “Francesco,” made global headlines because of the pope’s apparent call for civil union legislation, a contrast to the position […]

  • The Order of Malta: Serving in a time of crisis 
    on October 24, 2020

    Vatican City, Oct 24, 2020 / 12:25 pm (CNA).-   On October 23, CNA interviewed HE Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, about the religious order’s international work and ongoing process of constitutional reform. This is part one of that interview. Doctors, hospitals, and governments across the world have struggled to respond to the still-unfolding coronavirus pandemic. Taking the strain along with them is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta – the thousand-year-old Catholic religious order, medical aid organization, and international diplomatic entity. Present in 120 countries, with over 2,000 projects in the medical-social […]