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  • Deacons bring ‘heart of Christ the servant’ to faithful
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    Rooted in the early church and grounded in mission today, the permanent diaconate is a vocation that's more vital than ever -- and looking for men who hear the call, said Deacon Mike Pascarella.

  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: faith ‘should affect the way you treat people’ as a judge
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito / Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 16:45 pm (CNA). Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito — author of the deciding opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade — stressed the importance of his Catholic faith to serving on the highest court in the country Tuesday in a lecture to law students at the Catholic University of America (CUA). “A person’s faith shapes what kind of person [he or she] is,” Alito said, adding “it also should affect the way you treat [people] when you’re serving as a judge.” Alito’s inaugural lecture was given at the opening of CUA’s new Project on Constitutional […]

  • Afghan refugees reunited with baby thanks to pro-life pregnancy center
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    null / Vulnerable People Project Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 15:51 pm (CNA). On Tuesday night Benafsha and her husband, Mustafa, anxiously waited at Dulles International Airport for their son, 22-month-old Jasoor, to arrive from Afghanistan. Benafsha tugged at her long brown hair nervously, and Mustafa held his wife close to him as they watched for their son to walk through the airport security exit and into their arms. The last time they saw Jasoor was over a year ago — they had been separated from him for more than half his life. An unexpected, tragic parting On Aug. 26, 2021, the family was supposed to begin a new life together.  Benafsha had served as a translator […]

  • Florida Catholic schools prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian with action and prayer
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    A vehicle drives through the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022, in Sarasota, Florida. Ian is hitting the area as a likely Category 4 hurricane. / Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images St. Louis, Mo., Sep 28, 2022 / 12:15 pm (CNA). Catholic schools of all levels are taking measures to keep their students safe amid the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ian, which strengthened into a Category 4 storm overnight and is expected to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast starting on Wednesday. Ave Maria University, a Catholic college located about an hour northeast of Naples, Florida, has canceled classes through Sept. 30. Though the school is not in the direct path of the hurricane, heavy rainfall […]

  • Padre Pio festival shows ‘the church at its best,’ says Bucks County pastor
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 28, 2022

    St. Bede the Venerable Parish teamed up with the Knights of Columbus to host its seventh annual celebration that brought the beloved Italian saint to the streets -- and into people's hearts, said Msgr. John Marine.

  • Pope Francis to visit Kingdom of Bahrain in November
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Pope Francis boards his flight to Geneva June 21, 2018. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 04:57 am (CNA). The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis will travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain, a Muslim island nation in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 3–6.

  • Pope Francis: The first element of discernment is prayer
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022 / Pablo Esparza / CNA Rome Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 03:41 am (CNA). Prayer is the first element of discernment, Pope Francis said in his general audience message on Wednesday.

  • Legislators raise concerns about FBI raid at pro-life family’s home
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck with their seven children, ages 2 to 13. / Courtesy of the Houck family Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA). Twenty-two members of Congress are demanding an explanation from the Department of Justice after the arrest of a Catholic pro-life leader in front of his wife and children at the family’s home in Pennsylvania last week.  Mark Houck, 48, was charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, and entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The FACE act “prohibits violent, threatening, damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or […]

  • What’s behind the ‘woman priest’ Facebook post from the Synod of Bishops?
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    A screenshot of the image at the Synod of Bishops' Facebook page / null Denver Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). A social media stir has greeted the image of a “woman priest” posted to the Synod of Bishops’ Facebook page.

  • Catholic University raises replica of Notre-Dame de Paris truss
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    A group of volunteers stand in front of a Notre-Dame Cathedral truss replica at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26, 2022. / Patrick G. Ryan Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). A full-scale replica of a Notre-Dame de Paris truss creaked gently in the morning sun as dozens of students and volunteers pulled on ropes to raise it above the lawn of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The truss — a roof support — went up just hours before Philippe Villeneuve and Rémi Fromont, chief architects leading the restoration of the historic cathedral, visited the U.S. for the first time since a fire engulfed the medieval church […]

  • Delco parish hosts triduum of prayer to ‘main recruiter’ St. Joseph
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 27, 2022

    St. Joseph Parish in Aston invites faithful and the wider community to an Oct. 1-4 series of Masses and reflections on "the saint whose silence is a language all its own."

  • Colorado Springs Diocese mourns death of emeritus Bishop Sheridan
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    Bishop Emeritus Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, who died Sept. 27, 2022. / Diocese of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, Colo., Sep 27, 2022 / 16:17 pm (CNA). Bishop Michael Sheridan, who led the Diocese of Colorado Springs from 2003 to 2021, died Tuesday. He was 77. The diocese announced his death at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs Sept. 27. Bishop James Golka, Sheridan’s successor, wrote on Twitter: “Please join me in praying for the repose of his soul. He was a faithful servant until the end.” Sheridan was born in St. Louis in 1945. He attended Rockhurst College for a year and then Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained a priest of the […]

  • Florida bishop calls for prayers ahead of Hurricane Ian
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    United States Naval Research Laboratory's infrared-gray satellite image of Hurricane Ian. / Public Domain Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA). As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg asked for prayers for “protection during the storm.” In a message emailed to each parish in his diocese and posted on the diocese’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, Parkes offered a prayer of his own. “Loving God, maker of heaven and earth, protect us in your love and mercy. Send the spirit of Jesus to be with us to still our fears and to give us confidence in the stormy waters. Jesus reassured his disciples by his […]

  • Exchange finds new homes for sacred objects
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 27, 2022

    The Liturgical Exchange in Lenni, which will host an open house Oct. 4-6, stewards items "used for the worship of Almighty God," providing both practical solutions and a "catechetical" moment for archdiocesan faithful.

  • Church and contraception: Experts expose errors in Pontifical Academy for Life book
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    null / Image credit: Simone van der Koelen / Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 10:07 am (CNA). Nine international experts have pointed out in an open letter the serious errors contained in a book published a few weeks ago by the Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • Andrea Bocelli to sing in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    Andrea Bocelli / Jakub Janecki / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0) Rome Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 09:30 am (CNA). Andrea Bocelli will sing at the Vatican this Sunday as a special guest for the inauguration of a new light display on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica.

  • Catholic college president: Generalizing cost of higher education misses the mark
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 27, 2022

    Debate about student loan forgiveness overshadows the fact that affordable, academically excellent education is available at a number of Pennsylvania schools, writes Dr. Jonathan Peri of Manor College.

  • Papal Foundation awards more than $800K in scholarships
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 27, 2022

    Clergy, religious and lay faithful from five different continents will have the opportunity to study in Rome, thanks to a scholarship program administered by the Chester-based nonprofit.

  • Cardinal Arinze explains why Belgian bishops can’t bless same-sex couples
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    Cardinal Francis Arinze. / Padre Mimmo Spatuzzi via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Denver Newsroom, Sep 26, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA). The Belgian bishops’ introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has drawn rebuke from Cardinal Francis Arinze, the former head of the Vatican’s liturgy office.  The cardinal said Belgium’s bishops have taken an erroneous and pastorally flawed approach. “Human beings have no power to change the order established by God the Creator,” Arinze said in a Sept. 24 message included in the email newsletter of Vatican journalist Robert Moynihan. “Even if the aim is to be pastorally helpful to homosexual couples, this is an error on the part of the […]

  • Ukraine religious leaders call for return of POWS, criticize ‘referendums’
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 26, 2022

    In a Sept. 23 statement, clerics said Russia violated international law through its inhumane treatment of prisoners, and its staged "votes" to annex portions of Ukraine.

  • Amid outcry, FBI disputes account of raid at pro-life Catholic family’s home
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    An FBI agent stands outside the Houck residence in Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 23, 2022. Mark Houck was arrested that day and charged with assaulting a Planned Parenthood escort outside an Philadelphia abortion clinic on Oct. 13, 2021. / Courtesy of the Houck family Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 26, 2022 / 15:00 pm (CNA). The FBI is disputing published accounts of a “SWAT” raid on a pro-life Catholic family’s home in Pennsylvania last week. The alleged circumstances of the Sept. 23 arrest of Mark Houck, a 48-year-old father of seven, have led to a public outcry about what many view as an unnecessarily aggressive show of force. Houck’s wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, told CNA […]

  • Prayers offered for victims of Ukraine war, calls for peace renewed
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 26, 2022

    Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia joined Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory of Washington Sept. 21 for an ecumenical prayer service to remember those killed in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and to heal the war-ravaged nation.

  • Pro-life advocates must ‘not grow complacent,’ says bishop
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 26, 2022

    With abortion regulation now back at the state level, the defense of human life requires renewed "effort, prayer and advocacy," said Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre at a Sept. 25 Mass to kick off Respect Life Month.

  • Bishop Pfeifer asks Supreme Court to recognize ‘personhood’ of the unborn
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    U.S. Supreme Court building / Steven Frame/Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 26, 2022 / 12:45 pm (CNA). An emeritus Texas bishop is asking the Supreme Court to explicitly affirm the personhood of the unborn child in the womb. “While the Supreme Court should be praised for overturning Roe v. Wade, it did not go far enough,” Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, bishop emeritus of San Angelo, said of the court’s decision that leaves abortion up to the states. “Now as a follow-up to this pro-life decision, the Supreme Court must recognize explicitly fetal personhood.” In a September statement, Pfeifer called on the court to recognize the personhood of the unborn under the 14th […]

  • FBI arrest of Pennsylvania pro-life leader called ‘horrendous stunt’
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 26, 2022

    The Sept. 23 indictment of King's Men founder Mark Houck for violating a federal act on abortion clinic access was meant "to intimidate pro-lifers," said Tom Stevens, president and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

  • Election 2022: Abortion appears on ballot in 5 states this November
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    null / roibu / Shutterstock. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 26, 2022 / 11:40 am (CNA). Americans in five states will vote on abortion and the life issue in November. Three states — California, Michigan, and Vermont — are proposing constitutional amendments to advance abortion. At the same time, citizens in Kentucky and Montana are voting on pro-life measures. The ballot initiatives follow the Supreme Court’s June decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and leaves abortion up to the states. They also come after the pro-life “Value Them Both” amendment recently failed in Kansas. “I think the challenge of a ballot initiative is just […]

  • Pope Francis names new head of Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça celebrates Mass at Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2021. / Courtesy of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Vatican City, Sep 26, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA). The Vatican announced on Sept. 26 that the pope appointed Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça as the prefect of the newly formed dicastery.

  • Pro-life Catholic clinic in Denver area vandalized, suspect quickly arrested
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    Graffiti on the exterior of Bella Health + Wellness in Englewood, Colorado, on Sept. 25, 2022. / Courtesy of Bella Health + Wellness Denver, Colo., Sep 25, 2022 / 22:50 pm (CNA). A suspect was quickly arrested in the vandalism of a Denver-area Catholic pro-life medical clinic. It is not clear whether the clinic was targeted for its pro-life Catholic mission, though the various graffiti included a reference to Satan and a stylized depiction of a devilish character. “We are sad to have to share that our clinic was just vandalized,” Bella Health + Wellness medical group said Sept. 25 in a 3 p.m. Facebook post including some photos of the vandalism. “If you could take a moment today to […]

  • New information raises questions about FBI raid on Catholic father of 7
    by Catholic News Agency on September 25, 2022

    Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck with their seven children, ages 2 to 13. / Courtesy of the Houck family Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 25, 2022 / 17:31 pm (CNA). The arrest of a Catholic apostolate leader and father of seven in an FBI raid last week has sparked a groundswell of support for him and his family as new information has raised serious questions about how he was taken into custody. As of Sunday night, an online fund drive had raised more than $126,000 to help the family, far surpassing an initial $30,000 goal. Mark Houck, the founder and co-president of The King’s Men, a men’s ministry, faces federal assault charges stemming from an altercation with a Planned Parenthood escort […]

  • Meet the therapy dog trained by Mercedarian sisters to help the students they serve
    by Catholic News Agency on September 25, 2022

    Gia, an 8-month-old Bernedoodle, visits Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge twice a week with a group of Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. / Wendy Milam Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 25, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). Students at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are visited twice a week by Gia, an 8-month-old Bernedoodle, and a group of Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Gia is a therapy dog who visits classrooms and interacts with the children. Although she is still in training, her warmheartedness and gentle spirit has become the perfect match for the children who attend this Catholic school. Sister Mary Rosario Vega, who recently celebrated […]