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  • Bishops of Wichita, Denver call Catholics to turn to Mary in 'time of crisis'
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 05:29 pm (CNA).- Two bishops have called for rosary crusades in their respective dioceses in the month of August, asking Catholics to pray daily rosaries for the end of the pandemic, for justice and peace, for an end to the desecration of churches, and for multiple other intentions. “In our current time of crisis, our Church, world and our country need faith in God and the protection and intercession of Mary,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said in an August 7 statement. “And so...I am launching a Rosary Crusade to ask Mary to urgently bring our needs to Jesus.” Aquila invited all Catholics in his diocese to pray a daily rosary, […]

  • Earthquake hits North Carolina during Mass reading about earthquake
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 03:13 pm (CNA).- As North Carolina experienced a moderate earthquake Sunday, local pastors encourage Catholics to relinquish control to God. A 5.1-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Sparta, about 100 miles north of Charlotte, struck at 8:07 am Aug. 9. There were no injuries but there have been reports of damages throughout Sparta, including cracks in the road and shelves displaced in grocery stores, the Associated Press reported. The lesson at Mass was from 1 Kings 19, wherein Elijah said, “After the wind there was an earthquake - but the LORD was not in the earthquake.” St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte experienced the earthquakes […]

  • Biden picks Kamala Harris as VP candidate
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- Former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his running mate.   Harris is the first Black woman, and the first person of Indian descent, to be selected as a running mate for a major party’s ticket. Harris’ mother was born in India, and her father was born in Jamaica. Harris is a staunch supporter of legal protection for abortion and has pushed Biden on that issue in recent months. The choice was announced just shortly after 4:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 11.  “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked […]

  • In August, watch this meteor shower named for a saint
    on August 11, 2020

    Denver, Colo., Aug 11, 2020 / 02:40 pm (CNA).- Star-gazing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when Catholics think of St. Lawrence, the early Christian martyr who was cooked to death by the Romans on an outdoor grill. But every August, Catholics have the chance to see a meteor shower named in his honor. The Perseids meteor shower, also called the “tears of St. Lawrence,” is a meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which drops dust and debris in Earth’s orbit on its 133-year trip around the Sun. (The comet poses no immediate threat to Earth, at least not for several thousand years.) As Earth orbits the Sun, it hits pieces of left-behind debris […]

  • Excommunicated priest rejects Pope Francis, misconduct allegations
    on August 11, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 11, 2020 / 01:47 pm (CNA).-   A Sacramento priest excommunicated last week says he stands by his claim that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is the true pope. In addition to charges of schism, the priest is suspected of misconduct and improper relationships with at least two adult women; he confessed his love to one of them in a video message circulating online. “I continue to regard Benedict as retaining the Office of Peter, as mysterious as that might be. Therefore, I do not regard Bergoglio as the Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church,” Fr. Jeremy Leatherby wrote this week in an open letter to the Sacramento diocese. Leatherby added that although […]

  • South Philly seniors eye affordable housing as St. Rita’s Place begins
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 11, 2020

    Archbishop Perez and an array of civic, business and Catholic officials helped bless and break ground Aug. 10 for the $18 million project to build 46 one-bedroom senior apartments at Broad and Ellsworth streets, next to St. Rita's Shrine.

  • Back to Mass: South Dakota diocese lifts Sunday dispensation
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Some Catholics in South Dakota will once again be obligated to go to Sunday Mass, after the Diocese of Sioux Falls it will lift the dispensation on Sunday Mass attendance this week.  From this weekend, Catholics in the diocese who are not in high-risk categories for contracting coronavirus will once more be bound by the Sunday obligation, making Sioux Falls the first diocese to lift the general dispensation brought in across U.S. dioceses in the wake of the pandemic. “After receiving clarity through prayer, consultation with clergy and others, and in light of this data, effective on August 17, 2020, I am changing the […]

  • Deceased Massachusetts bishop accused of sexual abuse had roots in New York archdiocese
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 11, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski, who will take over the Archdiocese of St. Louis this month, oversaw an investigation into the late Bishop Christopher J. Weldon of Springfield, Mass, a bishop credibly accused of sexually abusing an altar boy in the 1960s. Rozanski has faced criticism for some aspects of his handling of the case, which the bishop said had been mishandled for years. In 2018 an alleged victim, known under the pseudonym John Doe, told the Springfield diocesan review board that Bishop Christopher J. Weldon, who retired in 1977 and died in 1982, had abused him when he was an altar boy in the 1960s. Two priests also abused him, he […]

  • Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s 'illness is subsiding'
    on August 11, 2020

    Rome Newsroom, Aug 11, 2020 / 03:30 am (CNA).- Benedict XVI’s personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that the pope emeritus’ illness is “subsiding.” In an interview with the German newspaper Südkurier, Archbishop Gänswein is reported to have said that Benedict XVI’s “illness is subsiding” and that his medication has been reduced. Benedict XVI has been suffering from facial shingles, a bacterial infection of the skin which causes a painful, red rash. "The pain started after the death of his brother,” Gänswein told Südkurier. "Whilst very unpleasant and painful, the illness was not […]

  • Federal court rules Arkansas abortion restrictions can take effect
    on August 11, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 10, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- A federal court of appeals has removed an injunction blocking four Arkansas abortion regulations from going into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday to reinstate the 2017 Arkansas laws. They can take effect August 28, although they may still face legal challenge. The laws include a ban on abortions based solely on the sex of the baby, and two regulations on the preservation and disposal of tissue from aborted babies, as well as legislation prohibiting a second-trimester abortion method known as “dilation and evacuation,” by which an unborn baby is dismembered. A district judge had blocked the […]

  • Phila. fashion designer weaves her faith into fabric
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    Holly Guertin draws on her Catholic faith for a new clothing label that features prints inspired by Scripture, stained glass and even holy Communion.

  • Earthquake felt in North Carolina brings reading during Sunday Mass to life
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    Just after the congregation heard the Sunday Scripture, "... there was an earthquake -- but the Lord was not in the earthquake," a 5.1 magnitude quake hit the region.

  • Lebanese demand reform, Cabinet resigns after Beirut explosions
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    After last week's deadly explosions, grief-stricken and furious Lebanese took to the streets demanding their government's dismissal over inaction and incompetence.

  • Suspended priest excommunicated for still saying Mass, teaching against pope
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    A Sacramento priest already restricted during an investigation into his sexual misconduct continued to celebrate home Masses and to deny that Pope Francis heads the Catholic Church.

  • Annual Marian feast will continue, with modified procession
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    The 116th MSS Feast honoring the Blessed Mother will be held Sunday, Aug. 16 in Norristown. One of the region’s longest-running ethnic festivals will include a shortened street procession.

  • Emergency fund raises $260K to feed struggling families
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia continues to raise money to aid local Catholic food pantries severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Pope Francis baptizes conjoined twins separated in Rome
    on August 10, 2020

    Vatican City, Aug 10, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has baptized twins who were born conjoined at the head and were separated at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital. The twins’ mother had said at a press conference following the successful surgery at the Bambino Gesù Hospital on June 5 that she wanted the twins to be baptized by the pope.  “If we had stayed in Africa I don’t know what fate they would have had. Now that they are separate and well, I would like them to be baptized by Pope Francis who has always taken care of the children of Bangui,” said the girls’ mother Ermine, who came with the twins from the Central African Republic […]

  • Maryland county official decrees schools cannot open before Oct. 1
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    Defying Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Aug. 3 order, Montgomery County's health officer issued a new directive barring nonpublic schools from reopening on time for in-person instruction.

  • When faith wobbles, cry out for God’s help, pope says
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    Everyone, including the pope, experiences trials that can shake his or her faith, but the key to survival is to call out to the Lord for help, Pope Francis said Aug. 9 at his Angelus address.

  • Iowa Catholics pray for pork plant’s COVID-19 victims
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on August 10, 2020

    The well-being of workers at meat-packing plants prompted prayers of Catholics who learned that the outbreak of the coronavirus was twice as severe as previously believed.

  • Pope Francis: Even in times of darkness, God is there
    on August 9, 2020

    Vatican City, Aug 9, 2020 / 05:59 am (CNA).- When caught in difficult moments or trials, turn your heart to God, who is near even when you do not search for him, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. “Having faith means, in the midst of the storm, keeping your heart turned to God, to his love, to his tenderness as a Father. Jesus wanted to teach this to Peter and his disciples, and also to us today, in moments of darkness, moments of storms,” the pope said Aug. 9. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, he said “even before we begin to seek Him, He is present beside us lifting us back up after our falls, He helps us grow in faith.” […]

  • Italy considers allowing abortion pill without hospitalization
    on August 8, 2020

    Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2020 / 12:11 pm (CNA).- Italy’s health ministry is expected to approve a proposal to remove mandatory hospitalization for the administration of the abortion pill and to expand the time frame in which it can be prescribed. The RU486 drug is prescribed to induce a chemical abortion. Use of the drug was legalized in Italy in 2009, and in 2010 standards were set which require women to be hospitalized for three days during its administration. The proposed change in guidelines will allow the drug to be administered in an outpatient clinic or at home. Italy’s Ministry of Health is also expected to expand access to the abortion pill by two weeks, allowing it to be […]

  • Coronavirus, vaccines, and Catholic ethics
    on August 8, 2020

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 8, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Production for a new coronavirus vaccine is speeding along, but if one is developed to fight the pandemic, ethical questions remain about its development, and who should receive it first. There are many workers in health care and in the public sector who could be considered a priority to receive any new vaccine, as they come into contact with many different people due to the nature of their profession, explained Edward Furton, ethicist and director of publications at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. “All of those who come into contact with many different people through their ordinary line of work, they would be first […]

  • Questions of abuse cover-up directed at incoming St. Louis archbishop, but details unclear
    on August 7, 2020

    Denver Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 05:21 pm (CNA).- Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski is set to take over the Archdiocese of St. Louis, after heading the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts since 2014. Though Rozanski himself backed major changes in the Springfield diocese's handling of abuse, one unnamed abuse victim has asked for a Church investigation into whether the archbishop-designate was involved in covering up abuse. Olan Horne, an advocate for victims of sex abuse by clergy, said the request to investigate Archbishop-designate Rozanski was made by a Berkshire County resident who had taken part in the Boston archdiocese's multi-million dollar settlement, the Springfield […]

  • Archbishop Carlson: Christ 'welcomes and challenges' those wrestling with gender identity
    on August 7, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 04:34 pm (CNA).- Christ draws close with love and compassion, as well as a challenge, for people who experience discord between their gender identity and their biological sex, Archbishop Robert Carlson of Saint Louis said in a reflection dated June 1. “If you’re uncomfortable with your biological sex, or if you consider yourself as having a gender identity at odds with your biological sex, here’s the first thing I want you to know: God loves you. He loves you right where you are. He has a plan for you,” Carlson said. “We are beloved sons and daughters of God in our best and worst moments. And when Jesus comes to us with a word of […]

  • Updated: DC archdiocese welcomes Maryland county dropping second order to keep Catholic schools closed
    on August 7, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- Update: The Archdiocese of Washington's interim superintendent of schools, Kelly Branaman, expressed gratitude for the county's recognition of "the autonomy of non-public schools to make local decisions on reopening in a safe and appropriate manner." She said that "we will continue to work with our schools to make the decisions that work best for each of our individual school communities." The archdiocese noted that its schools are making individual reopening plans, accounting for enrollment, facility size, and parent feedback. Most have a hybrid model incorporating in-person and distance learning, while some have one model or the other. "It is […]

  • Help Catholic schools to help at-risk families, US bishops tell Congress
    on August 7, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Several leading U.S. Catholic cardinals and bishops urged congressional leaders to provide emergency private school tuition aid to low-middle income families, in a letter on Thursday.   The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB), Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, signed the letter to House and Senate leaders, along with USCCB education chair Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland. They argued that many Catholic schools which serve low-income families are at risk of closing due to economic difficulties caused by the pandemic. “The economic devastation that has hit so many of America’s families has made it […]

  • Christmas comes early in Indiana with nativity scene court case
    on August 7, 2020

    CNA Staff, Aug 7, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- An Indiana town is defending its Christmas display in court this summer, after a traveller through the area claimed she was offended by the sight of a nativity scene on public land in 2018. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed on August 3, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said that a Supreme Court ruling last year meant the display should stay. The Brownstown Area Ministerial Association purchased a light-up nativity scene in 2003 and began to display it in front of the Jackson County Courthouse during Christmastime. The display is part of a town-wide “Hometown Christmas” event that is sponsored in part by several local businesses, […]

  • Vatican cardinal promotes rural tourism as sector projected to lose billions
    on August 7, 2020

    Rome Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- As the global economy braces to lose billions in international tourism in 2020 due to coronavirus travel restrictions, a Vatican cardinal is encouraging travelers to explore “hidden places.” Tourism and rural development, the theme of the 2020 World Day of Tourism, could indicate a way forward for the industry once the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic ends, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in a message Aug. 7. “It begins with the invitation to take seriously and put into practice sustainable development which, in the field of tourism, means a greater interest in extra-urban tourist destinations, small villages, hamlets, roads and […]

  • Pope Francis sends donation to Beirut for explosion recovery
    on August 7, 2020

    Rome Newsroom, Aug 7, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has sent a donation of 250,000 euros ($295,488) in aid to the Church in Lebanon to help with recovery efforts after the devastating explosion which occurred in the capital city of Beirut earlier this week. “This donation is intended as a sign of His Holiness’s attention and closeness to the affected population and of his fatherly closeness to people in serious difficulty,” a Vatican press release stated Aug. 7. More than 137 people were killed and thousands injured in a blast near Beirut’s port Aug. 4. The explosion caused extensive damage to the city and flattened buildings near the port. Beirut’s […]