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  • Local Haitian Catholics denounce kidnappings, call for solidarity
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    The April 11 abduction of five priests and two religious sisters by a Port-au-Prince gang highlights the dire need for reform in Haiti -- a task for which the Catholic Church is vital, say faithful.

  • Arise, receive the vaccine, save lives
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    Many people in our society, including in Catholic communities, reject or downplay the importance of vaccination during the present pandemic, writes Hosffman Ospino. Vaccines are a priority to protect life and the common good.

  • To fight racism, Black Christians learned to ‘lift every voice and sing’
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    In the face of never-ending white supremacist violence, Shannen Dee Williams joins calls for the church to practice resistance by embracing Black cultural traditions, especially sacred songs.

  • Week-long event reflects on St. Katharine Drexel’s mission
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    The mission-affirming stories in an online series starting April 25 will help reflect on how St. Katharine’s mission as it pertained to social justice is alive in 2021.

  • Mass for Persons with Disabilities set for April 25 at cathedral
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    Archbishop Nelson Pérez will be the celebrant and homilist for the annual Mass for the intention of persons with disabilities, the deaf community, their families, friends and caregivers.

  • Advocates, editorials call on Biden to end federal death penalty
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    The death penalty has been getting attention across the country this year with legislation in several states aimed at limiting, repealing or even renewing capital punishment.

  • Catholic laypeople in Cologne Archdiocese demand local synod
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    The synod in Germany's largest diocese would improve communication, create a binding framework to address sexual abuse and involve participation by everyone, said a lay leader.

  • Life of Father Judge topic of Catholic history talk
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    William Portier will present the life of Father Thomas Judge (1868-1933) on April 20 via Zoom. Many are unaware of the pioneering priest for which an archdiocesan high school is named.

  • St. Charles Seminary buys 15-acre tract at Gwynedd Mercy University
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    The seminary’s relocation from its longtime Wynnewood campus took another step with the $13 million purchase -- $10 million from the seminary and $3 million from the Maguire Foundation.

  • Head of Irish bishops calls new law on Mass attendance ‘draconian’
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on April 19, 2021

    Some churches in the Archdiocese of Armagh, Northern Ireland have been closed since Dec. 26 under regulations, but a new law makes public worship a criminal offense.

  • Catholic teaching on Communion applies to politicians who support abortion, too, bishop says
    on April 7, 2021

    Phoenix, Ariz., Apr 6, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Catholic teaching sees the Eucharist as Christ’s transformative sacrifice on the cross and this Holy Communion must only be received worthily. This teaching is not partisan, but it certainly applies to political leaders who back abortion and euthanasia, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has said in an apostolic exhortation on the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.   “Holy Communion is reserved for those, who with God’s grace make a sincere effort to live this union with Christ and His Church by adhering to all that the Catholic Church believes and proclaims to be revealed by God,” Bishop Olmsted said, explaining that Church teaching on […]

  • L.A. archdiocese to close, consolidate six elementary schools
    on April 7, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 6, 2021 / 07:32 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced this week that six Catholic elementary schools in the area will close and be consolidated with other schools, due to ongoing financial difficulties exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.    “These six schools had been trying to overcome financial challenges long before the pandemic,” said Paul Escala, superintendent of Catholic Schools, according to NBC Los Angeles. Challenges facing the schools include  low enrollment, financial difficulties, and a shift in demographics.   “After careful discernment with Archdiocesan and school leadership, the decision was reached to consolidate these schools […]

  • Utah to require fathers to pay for half of pregnancy costs
    on April 7, 2021

    Salt Lake City, Utah, Apr 6, 2021 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- A new law in Utah will require fathers to pay for half of the mother’s cost of pregnancy, making Utah the first state to mandate prenatal child support from the father.  HB 113, sponsored by Rep. Brady Brammer, stipulates that the baby’s biological father must pay half of the mother’s insurance premiums while she is pregnant, as well as pregnancy-related medical costs, including the hospital birth of the child. The father would only be required to pay those expenses after his paternity is confirmed, the law stipulates. “We want to help people and actually be pro-life in how we do it as opposed to anti-abortion,” Brammer, the […]

  • White House: Biden has ‘difference of opinion’ from Catholics concerned about Equality Act
    on April 6, 2021

    Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2021 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- The White House on Tuesday said that President Joe Biden “has a difference of opinion” from Catholics concerned that the Equality Act would trample conscience rights. At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Owen Jensen of EWTN News Nightly asked what Biden would say to Catholics concerned about conscience rights in health care. “What does the President, who we know is Catholic, say to Catholic doctors, Catholic institutions, who are fearful that if the Equality Act passes, it has the potential to trample on their conscience rights,” Jensen asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “What does the President say to those people […]

  • Nebraska dioceses to restore Sunday Mass obligation in May
    on April 6, 2021

    Lincoln, Neb., Apr 6, 2021 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The bishops of the three local Churches in Nebraska will each restore the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days next month. The obligation will be restored May 23 in the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Dioceses of Lincoln and Grand Island. “I would like to use the occasion of this announcement by recalling the deepest reasons why Catholics have a grave obligation to attend Mass as well as clarify, in light of COVID-19, when the obligation does not apply,” Bishop James Conley of Lincoln wrote in his March 31 announcement. “The reason all Catholics have a grave obligation of being physically present for Mass on Sundays and holy […]

  • Judge puts three dozen lawsuits against Buffalo parishes on hold amid bankruptcy
    on April 6, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 6, 2021 / 03:02 pm (CNA).- A federal bankruptcy judge last week put 36 lawsuits against Buffalo Catholic parishes and schools on hold until this fall, stating that the lawsuits’ advancement would interfere with the Buffalo diocese’s bankruptcy reorganization.    New York’s 2019 Child Victims Act (CVA) created a one-year “lookback” window where abuse victims could file lawsuits long after their statute of limitations had ended.    The window opened in August 2019, and alleged victims have since filed hundreds of lawsuits— 260 against Buffalo parishes and schools alone, the Buffalo News reported.    The Buffalo diocese announced in Feb. 2020 its filing […]

  • American priest reveals communication ‘mix-up’ about end of Vatican job
    on April 6, 2021

    Rome Newsroom, Apr 6, 2021 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Msgr. Robert Oliver, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, said last week that due to a “mix-up,” he was not told in advance that his service on the Vatican’s safeguarding commission was ending after six years.Oliver had been secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) since its beginning in 2014. For the two years prior, he had been promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.On March 24, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had extended the terms of 15 members of the commission for a year, adding a member, Chilean survivor of clerical sexual abuse Juan Carlos Cruz, […]

  • Arkansas legislature overrides veto of gender-transitioning ban
    on April 6, 2021

    Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2021 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- The Arkansas state legislature voted on Tuesday to override a veto by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) of a bill prohibiting gender-transitioning procedures for children. Last month, the state’s Senate had approved House Bill 1570, the “To Create The Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act.” The bill prohibited a “physician or other healthcare professional” from providing “gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen (18) years of age.”  In addition to banning the procedures for minors, the bill also blocked referrals and public funding for these procedures.  Hutchinson had been expected to sign the […]

  • Missouri nuns have a history of being targeted for shootings, harassment
    on April 6, 2021

    Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- A recent series of shootings at a Benedictine abbey in Missouri is only the latest manifestation of ongoing violence and harassment against the nuns there, the mother abbess says.Last week, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles in Gower, Missouri, reported that they were seeking to upgrade the security of their abbey following three shootings on the property since February. The nuns are looking to raise $200,000 for an eight-foot wall around the property. On March 24 two bullets had been fired into the bedroom of the mother abbess.“On March 24th, just after 11:00 pm, loud gunshots were heard by many Sisters in the Abbey. Some of […]

  • Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray for people risking lives to fight for fundamental rights
    on April 6, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 6, 2021 / 09:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis is inviting Catholics around the world to pray this month for people risking their lives by standing up for fundamental rights.The pope made the appeal in his prayer intention for April, released on Tuesday.“Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit,” reads the monthly prayer intention, issued April 6 by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.The network also released an accompanying video, in which Pope Francis explained the rationale for the prayer […]

  • One year later: How D.C. Catholic Charities is serving the most vulnerable during COVID-19
    on April 5, 2021

    Washington D.C., Apr 5, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- A year after the coronavirus pandemic forced closures of businesses and sent the national unemployment rate soaring, Catholic Charities D.C. is still serving the most vulnerable in the nation’s capital.“Some people have really been hurt badly,” Fr. John Enzler, president and CEO at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., told CNA in an interview on March 24. “We try to encourage people who have not been hurt, not been affected, to make extra donations this year, and to do more this year to help people.”Food insecurity has been an ongoing issue in the region and around the country; the number of families receiving […]

  • Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: ‘Never tire of seeking the risen Christ’
    on April 5, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 5, 2021 / 05:25 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Monday that Christians should “never tire of seeking the risen Christ.” Speaking before the recitation of the Regina Coeli April 5, the pope noted that Easter Monday is known in Italy as Lunedì dell’Angelo, or the Monday of the Angel.Referring to the Gospel reading (Matthew 28:1-15) in which Mary Magdalene and the other Mary encountered an angel at the empty tomb while looking for Jesus, he observed that the angel greeted the women with the words “Do not be afraid.”“We can reap a precious teaching from the angel’s words: we should never tire of seeking the risen Christ who gives life in abundance to those who meet […]

  • Bishop Paprocki explores link between physical and spiritual fitness in new book
    on April 5, 2021

    Denver Newsroom, Apr 5, 2021 / 04:16 am (CNA).- Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois doesn’t generally introduce himself as a runner. His first love is hockey, which, at nearly 70 years old, he still plays regularly. He even coaches the goalkeepers at a local Catholic high school. “I'm still playing hockey, and I attribute that to my running,” Paprocki told CNA. Paprocki wasn’t a born runner. In fact, the first time he tried to “go on a run,” he kind of hated it. But he pressed on, and the reason was simple. Three of his grandparents died in their 50s from heart disease, and Paprocki realized a similar fate may be waiting for him if he didn’t improve his […]

  • Full text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021
    on April 4, 2021

    Vatican City, Apr 4, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).- On Easter Sunday 2021, Pope Francis offered Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, he gave the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing. The following is the full text of the pope’s Easter message.Dear Brothers and Sisters, a good, happy and peaceful Easter!Today, throughout the world, the Church’s proclamation resounds: “Jesus, who was crucified, has risen as he said. Alleluia!”The Easter message does not offer us a mirage or reveal a magic formula. It does not point to an escape from the difficult situation we are experiencing. The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, […]

  • Pope Francis on Easter: Christ’s wounds are the ‘seal of his love for us’
    on April 4, 2021

    Vatican City, Apr 4, 2021 / 04:25 am (CNA).- May those who suffer take refuge in the wounds of Christ, and through them, receive the hope which does not disappoint, Pope Francis prayed on Easter Sunday.In his Urbi et Orbi blessing April 4, the pope said the witnesses of Christ’s resurrection “report an important detail: the risen Jesus bears the marks of the wounds in his hands, feet and side.”“These wounds are the everlasting seal of his love for us,” Francis said. “All those who experience a painful trial in body or spirit can find refuge in these wounds and, through them, receive the grace of the hope that does not disappoint.”“Amid the many hardships we are enduring, let […]

  • Full Text: Pope Francis’ homily for Easter Vigil at the Vatican
    on April 3, 2021

    Vatican City, Apr 3, 2021 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- Here is the full text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 3 at St. Peter's Basilica.The women thought they would find a body to anoint; instead they found an empty tomb. They went to mourn the dead; instead they heard a proclamation of life. For this reason, the Gospel  tells us, the women “were seized with trembling and amazement” (Mk 16:8). Full of fear, trembling, and full of amazement. A fear mingled with joy that took their hearts by surprise when they saw the great stone before the tomb rolled away and inside a young man in a white robe. Wonder at hearing the words: “Do not be afraid! You seek Jesus of […]

  • Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: 'The Risen Lord loves us without limits'
    on April 3, 2021

    Vatican City, Apr 3, 2021 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- At the Vatican's Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ love is without limits and always provides the grace to begin anew. The pope said in his homily on April 3 that "it is always possible to begin anew because there is always a new life that God can awaken in us in spite of all our failures.” He continued: “From the rubble of our hearts, God can create a work of art; from the ruined remnants of our humanity, God can prepare a new history. He never ceases to go ahead of us: in the cross of suffering, desolation and death, and in the glory of a life that rises again, a history that changes, a hope that is reborn.” “Jesus, […]

  • The Easter Vigil: ‘the mother of all vigils’
    on April 3, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 3, 2021 / 01:37 pm (CNA).- The Easter Vigil, which takes place Holy Saturday night, “is the greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church,” the rubrics of the Missale Romanum proclaim. The word vigil, which means "staying up all night," takes on a special meaning for the night before Easter because it recalls the holy women who came to the tomb the early hours of Sunday morning. In Matthew’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene and another Mary arrive at the tomb at dawn to finish embalming Jesus, but his body isn’t there. An angel tells them, “I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He’s not here. He has risen. Tell his […]

  • Many joining the Church this year have learned of the faith virtually
    on April 3, 2021

    Denver Newsroom, Apr 3, 2021 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- Despite difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, parishes are welcoming groups of catechumens and candidates into the Catholic Church this Easter who have had to learn about the faith largely through virtual meetings.  One such parish is St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco, which is welcoming a group of catechumens and candidates into the Church who had never convened in person until last month. Dr. Mary Romo, a professor at the University of San Francisco and a catechist for the parish, told CNA that after convening their RCIA group online in September, she and a deacon have taught all the classes via Zoom. "Hopefully we got the material […]

  • Pope Francis leads Via Crucis seen through the eyes of children
    on April 2, 2021

    CNA Staff, Apr 2, 2021 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis led the Way of the Cross, featuring meditations prepared by children, at the Vatican on Good Friday evening. With Italy still facing coronavirus restrictions, this was the second year in succession that the Via Crucis was not held at the Colosseum, a Roman amphitheater associated with the Christian martyrs. The prayer began at 9 p.m. local time on the parvis in front of an illuminated St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis had selected a scouting group from central Italy and youngsters from a Roman parish to prepare the texts for this year’s Stations of the Cross.The Agesci “Foligno I” Scout Group in Umbria, made up of 145 young […]