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  • Pope Francis: The true measure of success is what you give, not what you have
    on September 19, 2021

    Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Sept. 19, 2021. / Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. Vatican City, Sep 19, 2021 / 05:15 am (CNA). “Do you want to be first? Serve. This is the way,” the pope said.

  • The Vatican Nativity scene 2021 will include llamas and superfood for Baby Jesus
    on September 19, 2021

    A screenshot of a 3D rendering of a Peruvian Nativity scene that will be featured at the Vatican during the 2021 Christmas season. / ACI Prensa Denver Newsroom, Sep 19, 2021 / 03:00 am (CNA). Last year, the Vatican nativity set came, for some, from outer space; in 2021 it is coming from the Andes.  The 2021 manger that will be placed in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican to celebrate Christmas will arrive from the town of Chopcca, Peru, a small town nestled in the Andes over 12,000 feet high. "As of December 15 and for 45 days, more than 100 million tourists and followers of the media will be attentive to the Christmas celebrations in the Holy See that will revolve around the Andean […]

  • Canadian archbishop: Only fully vaccinated can attend Mass
    on September 19, 2021

    Coronavirus vaccine, stock image. / M-Foto/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Sep 18, 2021 / 22:48 pm (CNA). Anyone age 12 or over attending a gathering at Catholic churches, rectories or community centers under the responsibility of the Archdiocese of Moncton must present proof that they are fully vaccinated, the archdiocese announced Friday.The new policy applies to all religious celebrations, Sunday and weekday Masses, baptisms, wedding and funerals, parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis, and social meetings.The archdiocese's announcement comes in the wake of new provincial government rules set to take effect Tuesday requiring proof of vaccination to access certain events, services, and […]

  • Justice Clarence Thomas credits Catholic nuns’ anti-racist example
    on September 18, 2021

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas / Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States Denver Newsroom, Sep 18, 2021 / 16:41 pm (CNA). Catholic nuns and his grandparents’ example helped instill in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas the belief that all people were children of God and that the racist flaws of American society were a betrayal of its best promises, he said in a lecture Thursday.“My nuns and my grandparents lived out their sacred vocation in a time of stark racial animus, and did so with pride with dignity and with honor. May we find it within ourselves to emulate them,” Justice Thomas said at the University of Notre Dame Sept. 16. “To this day I revere, […]

  • Watch AbbeyFest via livestream
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 18, 2021

    View the 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Perez, plus more, live from Daylesford Abbey in Paoli as the day-long festival of music, faith and family draws to its ending crescendo.

  • A new pro-life saint? This Italian mother sacrificed her life for her unborn baby
    on September 18, 2021

    Facebook screenshot of photo of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, an Italian mother who sacrificed her life for the sake of her baby. / Facebook Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 18, 2021 / 12:07 pm (CNA). “Riccardo, you are a gift for us.” These are the words a 26-year-old Italian mother wrote to her newborn 26 years ago. They were words she was willing to live by – and die for.On Aug. 30, Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who sacrificed her life for the sake of her baby. Catholics already are comparing her to another saint, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, because both women refused medical treatment that would have endangered their unborn babies, […]

  • Pope Francis invokes Abraham Lincoln in message to safeguarding summit
    on September 18, 2021

    Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 27, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Sep 18, 2021 / 08:30 am (CNA). The pope referred to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

  • Pope Francis: Synodal process not about ‘gathering opinions,’ but ‘listening to the Holy Spirit’
    on September 18, 2021

    Pope Francis greets Catholics from Rome diocese in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Sept. 18, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Sep 18, 2021 / 07:25 am (CNA). He was addressing Catholics from the Diocese of Rome.

  • Virginia March for Life highlights importance of gubernatorial election
    on September 17, 2021

    The Virginia March for Life in Richmond, Sept. 17, 2021. / Christine Rousselle/CNA Richmond, Va., Sep 17, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA). Pro-life Virginians took to the streets of Richmond on Friday as part of the third annual Virginia March for Life.The Sept. 17 march took place in the literal shadow of the Virginia capitol, and in the figurative shadow of the upcoming gubernatorial election. Early voting began Friday, and the election was a main point of many of the pre-march rally speeches. “Today is the first day of early voting. So we're excited to be ushering in this voting season with pro-lifers,” Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation of Virginia, told CNA prior to the […]

  • Led to joy by a mother’s tears
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    As Our Lady of Sorrows, Mary shows us how anguish can break open our hearts for Christ and for others, writes Gina Christian.

  • Bishops warn against abortion funding in reconciliation bill
    on September 17, 2021

    Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' pro-life committee / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2021 / 15:02 pm (CNA). The U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned against abortion funding in a massive spending bill being considered by Congress.“Congress can, and must, turn back from including taxpayer funding of abortion, in the Build Back Better Act,” said Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee, and Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, chair of the bishops’ domestic justice and human development committee.“We urge all members of Congress […]

  • Supreme Court poised to hear biggest challenge to Roe v Wade in 48 years
    on September 17, 2021

    An unborn baby at 20 weeks -- well within the second trimester, when dilation and evacuation abortions are commonly performed. / Steve via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Denver Newsroom, Sep 17, 2021 / 14:31 pm (CNA). Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, presented its legal argument Monday for why the U.S. Supreme Court should strike down the state’s 2018 law prohibiting abortions after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, setting the stage for a momentous showdown over Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.The filing means that both parties in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, have now laid out their legal […]

  • Senators ask Google why it removed ads for abortion pill reversal
    on September 17, 2021

    Google offices in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York / MNAphotography/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Sep 17, 2021 / 14:01 pm (CNA). A dozen U.S. senators on Thursday sent a joint letter to Google’s CEO asking why pro-life ads for abortion pill reversal were removed by the search engine giant earlier this week. The group of 12 senators, led by Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) accused Google of suppressing information about a viable alternative to chemical abortion, while leaving numerous ads for dangerous abortion pills intact. “While banning pro-life [abortion pill reversal] ads, Google continues to allow ads for purveyors of the deadly abortion pill mifepristone by […]

  • Lansdale relying on selflessness, personal accountability for soccer success
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    In a Catholic League with stiff competition, the Crusaders are seeking a boys' soccer championship in which everyone is involved and, the players themselves emphasized, toxicity and negativity won't be tolerated.

  • Law experts: Federal vaccine mandate has strong legal footing
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    The president is well within his powers to issue the mandate, say experts from three Catholic law schools. As long as the mandate allows exemptions for religious, medical or disability reasons, then it is expected to survive legal challenges.

  • Catholic parenting: A lifelong process
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    As the parent of a good, kind and faithful young adult son, Mike Nelson believes it's how you live your life in the context of the Catholic faith that sets the tone for how your children live theirs, well into their own adulthood.

  • How do we respond to the anger in our nation?
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    Face masks seem to have brought out the anger in many people, Effie Caldarola observes. Negativity is contagious, but so is positivity, so she resolves to be the one who observes people around her and reacts with kindness.

  • Becoming what we receive, for better or worse
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    We can respond to anger and insult with more of the same, or we can become the Eucharist we receive -- the meaning of communion -- which by the gift of grace can change us little by little for the good, writes Mary Marrocco.

  • California takes a club to St. Serra
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    Junípero Serra cannot be condemned for events that occurred centuries before his birth, or decades after his death. But he is being scapegoated by California politicians who resent the Catholic Church's teachings and other issues, writes John Garvey.

  • Court to hear case on religious schools barred from Maine choice program
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    Parents in Maine are challenging a state rule that lets families who live in towns without public schools receive public tuition funds to send their children to another public or private school as long as it's not a religious school.

  • Poet sees renewed appreciation of fine arts as way to deepen devotion
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on September 17, 2021

    James Matthew Wilson, formerly a professor at Villanova University, recognizes that people may find contemporary literature "obscure and abysmal," but he leads a program designed to promote good poetry "with the resources of the Catholic tradition."

  • Pope Francis hopes new ministry of catechist will ‘awaken this vocation’
    on September 17, 2021

    Pope Francis greets Archbishop Rino Fisichella in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Sept. 17, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Sep 17, 2021 / 07:30 am (CNA). The pope formally instituted the new lay ministry in May.

  • Pope Francis tells elderly priests: ‘Aging is a privilege’
    on September 17, 2021

    Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016. / L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Sep 17, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’

  • Weekly COVID-19 testing a 'good' alternative to vaccine mandate, bioethicist says
    on September 16, 2021

    null / zstock/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA). As the Biden administration prepares to require COVID-19 vaccinations at many workplaces, a Catholic bioethicist urged the administration to keep an alternative to vaccinations in place – weekly testing.Last Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that his administration would require employers with 100 or more employees to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, or ensure weekly negative COVID-19 tests. The emergency rule is being developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Labor Department.Dr. Joseph Meaney, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, said the alternative of weekly […]

  • NY governor vows to help Texas women have abortions in her state
    on September 16, 2021

    Aug. 11, 2021: Then-Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul addresses people of New York at the state capitol building in Albany / lev radin/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA). New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday said that she will help Texas women come to her state for abortions. A Texas law went into effect on Sept. 1 that prohibited most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It is enforced through private civil lawsuits. Hochul - a Catholic who became governor on Aug. 24 following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo - on Thursday said that her state is reviewing options to help Texas women come to […]

  • Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey
    on September 16, 2021

    Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021. / Andrew Bukuras/CNA Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2021 / 13:30 pm (CNA). Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday, Sept. 16 in a New Jersey court. All three lawsuits also named the Diocese of Metuchen as a defendant.Jeff Anderson, a prominent attorney who represents sex abuse victims, brought the lawsuits. In an online press conference on Thursday, Anderson called on the Metuchen diocese to release additional information on accusations against current and former […]

  • Catholics the most vaccinated religious group for COVID-19, new study shows
    on September 16, 2021

    null / Ball Lunla/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Sep 16, 2021 / 12:36 pm (CNA). Catholics are the religious group most vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of 10,349 U.S. adults found that 82% of self-identified Catholics had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 75% of religiously unaffiliated adults and 73% of White Protestants. Hispanic Catholics were slightly more likely than White Catholics to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Of the major religious groups in the United States, White evangelical Protestants had the lowest vaccination rate, with only […]

  • Federal judicial nominee grilled over 1990s religious freedom case
    on September 16, 2021

    Hon. Beth Robinson, associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 14, 2021 / Senate Judiciary Committee/live stream Washington D.C., Sep 16, 2021 / 10:15 am (CNA). Multiple senators accused a judicial nominee of being hostile to religious freedom during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 14.Beth Robinson, nominated by President Joe Biden to be a judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, was grilled by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Wednesday. They asked her about her representing a woman who sued a Vermont Catholic-owned print shop in the 1990s for not printing business cards of a pro-abortion […]

  • The Papal Foundation provides $800K in scholarships for studies in Rome
    on September 16, 2021

    Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City / CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 16, 2021 / 09:34 am (CNA). The Papal Foundation has awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships to 96 priests, brothers, sisters, and lay faithful as part of the Saint John Paul II Scholarship Program.The scholarships will enable the recipients to study at 16 universities in Rome. The recipients hail from five continents.“We are committed to Saint John Paul II’s vision to prepare Catholic leaders and educators for service,” said Eustace Mita, president of The Papal Foundation Board of Trustees, in a published statement. “We aim to ensure those called to build up the Church all over the world are trained […]

  • Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’
    on September 16, 2021

    Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010. / L'Osservatore Romano. Vatican City, Sep 16, 2021 / 09:15 am (CNA). He made the remark in an introduction to a new anthology of his writings, which has a preface by Pope Francis.