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  • Grace, humility and listening key to Christian unity, say local experts
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on January 20, 2022

    The international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) reminds believers in Christ that despite real differences, "they have a lot more in common."

  • Scholarships, loan relief for abortion workers in California budget proposal
    on January 20, 2022

    The California capitol. / Willem van Bergen (CC BY-SA 2.0). Sacramento, Calif., Jan 19, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). California health care workers who commit to providing abortions could see their student loans repaid and prospective abortion industry workers could receive scholarships, if lawmakers retain a $20 million proposal in the state’s new draft budget.The proposal drew criticism from pro-life advocates who worry it creates terrible incentives.Kathleen Domingo, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, called the proposal “a gross overreach of what most Californians would want our tax dollars to go to.”“There aren’t a lot of providers who like to do abortions. […]

  • Supreme Court hears Boston free speech case involving Christian organization
    on January 19, 2022

    Boston City Hall / andrewjsan via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2022 / 16:40 pm (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving the city of Boston’s refusal to raise a flag with Christian imagery in front of its City Hall. The North Carolina-based organization Camp Constitution applied in June 2017 to raise a flag featuring a Latin cross in front of City Hall. The display of the flag reportedly would have coincided with an event involving speeches by local clergy.Boston has a long-standing flag program through which private organizations can apply to raise a flag related to their cause on one of three flag poles in front of City Hall. […]

  • Afghanistan the most dangerous place to be Christian, advocacy group says
    on January 19, 2022

    Kabul, Afghanistan. / Mohammad Rahmani via Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Jan 19, 2022 / 15:35 pm (CNA). Afghanistan has unseated North Korea for the dubious distinction of the most dangerous country in the world for Christians, according to a group that reports on global Christian persecution.A takeover of the government by the Taliban has made it even harder — now, impossible— to live openly as a Christian, advocacy group Open Doors writes in its annual World Watch List. “The Taliban will make sure that Islamic rules and customs are implemented and kept. Christian converts don’t have any option but to obey them. If a Christian’s new faith is discovered, their family, clan or tribe […]

  • Pro-life vs. Pro-choice states: If Roe falls, what would the abortion landscape look like?
    on January 19, 2022

    Screenshot of CNA graphic showing abortion policy by state. / Jonah McKeown/CNA Washington D.C., Jan 19, 2022 / 14:30 pm (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case which observers believe could present a significant challenge to Roe v. Wade, the court’s 1973 decision which legalized abortion nationwide. But even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortions will almost certainly continue in the U.S.— at least in certain states. While the nation awaits the court’s ruling— which could come at any time until roughly the end of June— numerous states are taking legislative action to codify abortion rights, while other states are doing the opposite, creating a […]

  • Catholic health care system removes race as factor in eligibility for COVID-19 treatments
    on January 19, 2022

    null / Gorodenkoff via Shutterstock. Denver Newsroom, Jan 19, 2022 / 14:17 pm (CNA). A Catholic health care system in Wisconsin is no longer including race as a factor in determining a patient’s eligibility for COVID-19 treatments.SSM Health and its affiliates use a risk scoring calculator to determine a patient’s eligibility for COVID-19 treatments including monoclonal antibodies. A previous version of the calculator boosted the scores of nonwhite or Hispanic patients, making them more likely to be prioritized for treatments that have become increasingly scarce amid a surge in omicron cases. Monoclonal antibody treatments are in particularly short supply because some versions of the […]

  • scholar athletes
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 19, 2022

    The Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll for sports in fall of 2021 has been announced for archdiocesan high schools, a list that includes 1,245 students. The student-athletes for each of the 15 archdiocesan schools earned first or second academic honors in the first quarter marking period while competing in cross country, field hockey, soccer, girls’ tennis, golf,

  • Are you called to be a deacon?
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 19, 2022

    Catholic men, and their wives if married, with a deep spiritual life who are between the ages of 29 and 55 are invited to join an in-person panel of clergy for two sessions in February to discuss the permanent diaconate.

  • Pope Francis appoints apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in US and Canada
    on January 19, 2022

    The flag of Eritrea. / Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock. Vatican City, Jan 19, 2022 / 13:00 pm (CNA). He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

  • Synod of Bishops’ resources website links to women’s ordination group
    on January 19, 2022

    The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 19, 2022 / 10:15 am (CNA). An official suggested that the website was not promoting the group.

  • New committee aims to build up political candidates who support religious liberty for all
    on January 19, 2022

    American flag and Church. / Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Denver Newsroom, Jan 19, 2022 / 09:52 am (CNA). The Religious Freedom Institute on Tuesday launched a committee to support political candidates who defend the free exercise of religion for all.The National Committee for Religious Freedom describes itself as a non-partisan organization that will support “any candidate from any political party who supports religious freedom, and oppose any candidate of any political party who does not.”As part of the Jan. 19 launch, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ committee on religious freedom, hailed the committee’s creation, while […]

  • Peter Feledick, longtime staffer for Catholic Standard and Times, dies at 86
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 19, 2022

    A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and La Salle University, he worked in circulation fulfillment for the former archdiocesan newspaper and held teaching positions at La Salle College High School, Holy Family University and La Salle University.

  • Pope Francis offers prayers for the people of Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami
    on January 19, 2022

    Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Jan 19, 2022 / 08:05 am (CNA). He said: ‘I invite everyone to join me in praying for these brothers and sisters.’

  • Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our sins’
    on January 19, 2022

    Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 19, 2022 / 05:10 am (CNA). The pope made the comment at his general audience.

  • ‘We offered them a safe space’: Texas priest details parish's role helping synagogue hostage families
    on January 19, 2022

    Good Shepherd Catholic Community Parish in Colleyville, Texas. / Screen shot of Twitter post Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 18, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). When a gunman entered a nearby synagogue in Texas and took four people hostage, including the rabbi, Father Michael Higgins and his Catholic parish sprang into action. “We got a call from the police that they were looking for a safe space for the wife and daughter of Rabbi Charlie and for the spouses of the hostages out over at the synagogue,” the Franciscan friar said during his homily on Jan. 16, the day after the attack. “We offered them a safe space.”The family members hid at his parish, Good Shepherd Catholic Community in […]

  • 'Devastated' Traditional Latin Mass devotees petition Arlington bishop to ease restrictions
    on January 19, 2022

    Priest celebrating the traditional Latin Mass at the church of St Pancratius, Rome / Thoom/Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 18, 2022 / 17:17 pm (CNA). Supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass are petitioning Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, to lift restrictions he recently imposed on the celebration of the sacraments in the Extraordinary Form. “In the spirit of the Synodal Path that the church has embarked upon, we humbly ask that you engage in consultations with the faithful of each parish church potentially affected by restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass,” says the petition, which was published on the petition website Change.org on Jan. 14. “And […]

  • Judge dismisses ex-seminarian’s lawsuit against Pontifical North American College seminary
    on January 18, 2022

    The Pontifical North American College is a major seminary in Rome that educates seminarians from U.S. diocese and elsewhere. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA Rome Newsroom, Jan 18, 2022 / 12:37 pm (CNA). A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former seminarian against the Pontifical North American College major seminary and its administrators, stating that the New York court does not have jurisdiction over the Rome-based seminary and its employees.

  • Liturgical changes, then and now, focus of workshop
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    The Association of Church Musicians of Philadelphia hosts a day-long program Feb. 5 on the liturgy since Vatican II and the effect of COVID on music ministers and congregations.

  • 30 years after peace pact, Salvadoran grateful not to run for her life
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    Although true peace remains elusive with gang violence rampant in the country, Salvadorans are marking the 1992 peace accords between the government and rebels. Salvadorans are set to celebrate the beatification of four killed during the civil war.

  • Polish diocese apologizes after suggestion altar server enjoyed rape
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    A Polish diocese apologized after its lawyer suggested a former altar server could have been a homosexual who "gained satisfaction" from being sexually molested by a priest. An advocate said the church still had "a long way to go" in combating abuse.

  • Pope: Communication must build communion, fraternity
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    In a time when social networks can tend to divide people, Christian media must instead work to unite men and women, Pope Francis told a group of Franciscans marking the centenary of a magazine in the Holy Land.

  • Young men: Come and see about a vocation
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    Young men of high school and post-high school age are invited to upcoming Come and See Weekends at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary to discern a possible vocation to priesthood.

  • Texas Catholic church aids community during synagogue’s crisis
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on January 18, 2022

    As the tense hours of a Jan. 15 hostage standoff unfolded at Congregation Beth Israel in the suburban Dallas-Fort Worth area, so too did a manifestation of faith and community at nearby Good Shepherd Church.

  • Pope Francis to confer new lay ministries for first time in St. Peter’s Basilica
    on January 18, 2022

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 18, 2022 / 08:20 am (CNA). The candidates come from three continents.

  • Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Peña Parra test positive for COVID-19
    on January 18, 2022

    Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 18, 2022 / 07:05 am (CNA). Parolin has ‘very mild’ symptoms, while Peña Parra is asymptomatic.

  • Pope Francis sends aid to migrants at Belarus border and victims of typhoon in Philippines
    on January 18, 2022

    Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 5, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Jan 18, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA). Super Typhoon Rai has affected more than 7 million people.

  • Vatican asks bishops to invite local Protestant and Orthodox leaders to participate in synodal path
    on January 18, 2022

    Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Vatican City, Jan 18, 2022 / 04:05 am (CNA). The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

  • Filipino community in Los Angeles celebrates 500 years of the Santo Niño de Cebú
    on January 18, 2022

    Attendees at a Mass for the feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 16, 2022. / Victor Alemán/Angelus News Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 17, 2022 / 17:42 pm (CNA). Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles said Mass Sunday in honor of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines, celebrating the feast of the Santo Niño de Cebú.“Today, we especially entrust ourselves to the Divine Infant, Santo Niño, as we continue to give thanks to God for opening the door of faith to the people of the Philippines, five hundred years ago,” the archbishop said during his Jan. 16 homily at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.“And of […]

  • The nuns who witnessed the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr
    on January 17, 2022

    We March with Selma. Via Flickr CC BY NC 2.0. / null Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2022 / 12:04 pm (CNA). Sister Mary Antona Ebo was the only black Catholic nun who marched with civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.“I'm here because I’m a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness,” Sister Mary Antona Ebo said to fellow demonstrators at a March 10, 1965 protest attended by King.The protest took place three days after the “Bloody Sunday” clash, where police attacked several hundred voting rights demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, causing some severe injuries among the non-violent marchers. She died Nov. 11, 2017 in Bridgeton, […]

  • Burlington priest asks parishioners to tell bishop of his pastoral care, mental health
    on January 17, 2022

    Fr. Peter Williams, pastor of Holy Family parish in Springfield, Vt. / Holy Family Parish Springfield Vermont screenshot via Youtube. Burlington, Vt., Jan 17, 2022 / 09:10 am (CNA). Father Peter Williams says the Diocese of Burlington is trying to remove him as pastor of his parish because he will neither be tested regularly for COVID-19 nor be masked. He is asking his parishioners to testify on his behalf, because he says the diocese, and his family, are trying to prove that he is physically and mentally unfit for the job.The priest, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, is pastor of Holy Family parish in Springfield, Vermont, 120 miles southeast of Burlington.“Being more of the ilk […]