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  • Montco parish hosts seminar to develop prayer leaders
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    St. Katharine of Siena Parish in Wayne and the Catholic Charismatic Renewal within the Philadelphia Archdiocese are teaming up for an all-day Aug. 20 session of formation and inspiration.

  • Archbishop announces clergy changes in parishes, seminary
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    Eight priests and one permanent deacon are assuming new duties, while one permanent deacon will retire.

  • Unlocking the hidden treasures of the ‘Our Father’
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    The familiar words of the Lord’s own prayer reveal a power that leads us directly to the heart of God, writes Father Christopher Moriconi.

  • Principal calls vandalism at Catholic school in Washington ‘a hate crime’
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    The destruction of religious images at St. Anthony Catholic School is the latest in a series of area attacks stemming from what the pastor called "an irrational hatred of the good."

  • Grammy-nominated musician Sarah Hart releases new Marian hymn
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    "Mother Mary, Pray for Us" was born of a long faith journey that led from doubt to devotion.

  • Nicaraguan priest detained, others blocked from Marian celebration
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    Persecution of Catholic priests in the Central American nation has intensified as the President Daniel Ortega and his administration portray the church as a political enemy that promotes "terrorist acts."

  • Rosaries are flying off the shelves after ‘The Atlantic’ article suggests link to ‘extremism’
    by Catholic News Agency on August 16, 2022

    null / Shutterstock Boston, Mass., Aug 16, 2022 / 13:04 pm (CNA). Three online shops that sell rosaries have reported a boost in sales following a controversial article published Sunday in The Atlantic magazine which attempted to link the rosary to right-wing extremism in the United States.   In the article, Daniel Panneton claimed, “The rosary has acquired a militaristic meaning for radical-traditional (or “rad trad”) Catholics.” “Militia culture, a fetishism of Western civilization, and masculinist anxieties have become mainstays of the far right in the U.S.—and rad-trad Catholics have now taken up residence in this company,” he continued.  The article sparked a frenzy […]

  • Catholics express sorrow, offer prayers after Orthodox church fire in Egypt
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    Dozens, including several children, were killed in an Aug. 14 blaze believed to have started through either a faulty air conditioner or generator.

  • Retired Bishop Moskal of Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat dies
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    The first bishop of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat, Bishop Moskal, who passed away Aug. 7, established St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Warrington, Pennsylvania.

  • Little Flower, Father Judge welcome new principals
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 16, 2022

    With classes set to resume next month, Kathleen Radebaugh and James Hozier will take the helm at schools where they're already at home.

  • Doctor says Boston gender clinic mutilates and sterilizes children
    by Catholic News Agency on August 15, 2022

    null / Ink Drop/Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 15, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). Controversy erupted last week when news of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Clinic for kids took over social media, prompting outrage over the hospital’s “first of its kind” program to facilitate sex-changes for children in the form of hormone treatments and irreversible surgeries.   According to the hospital’s website, Boston Children’s Center for Gender Surgery offers a “full suite of treatment options” for children and teens to “transfer seamlessly” into transition surgeries, including double mastectomies for children as young as 15 and sterilizing genital surgeries for […]

  • ‘The Atlantic’ publishes article on the rosary as symbol of far-right, violent extremism
    by Catholic News Agency on August 15, 2022

    null / CNA Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2022 / 16:06 pm (CNA). An article published Sunday in The Atlantic magazine suggests the rosary has become a symbol of violent, right-wing extremism in the United States. The article set off a frenzy of reactions among Catholics, ranging from amusement to grave concern over what some see as anti-Catholic sentiment.   The magazine later changed the article’s headline from "How the Rosary Became an Extremist Symbol" to "How Extremist Gun Culture is Trying to Co-Opt the Rosary." Among other edits to the text, an image of bullet holes forming the shape of a rosary was replaced with a picture of a rosary.  The graphic shows changes made to the article by […]

  • Pope Francis on the Assumption: ‘Do I believe that to love is to reign, and to serve is power?’
    by Catholic News Agency on August 15, 2022

    Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address at St. Peter's Square, Aug. 15, 2022. / Vatican Media Denver Newsroom, Aug 15, 2022 / 14:24 pm (CNA). Reflecting on the Visitation during his Angelus address on Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the raising up to heaven of the humble handmaid of the Lord, and how that attitude is to repeated in our lives.

  • Assumption ‘shows what the Lord has in store for us,’ say priest, faithful
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on August 15, 2022

    Proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950, the dogma that Mary is fully present in heaven, both body and soul, reminds us that we are "destined for glory."

  • Pope Francis: Faith is like fire, not a lullaby
    by Catholic News Agency on August 14, 2022

    Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during the Angelus Aug. 14, 2022. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Aug 14, 2022 / 05:23 am (CNA). “Faith is not a ‘lullaby’ that lulls us to sleep, but rather a living flame to keep us wakeful and active even at night,” Pope Francis said.

  • Online conference to examine ‘proclamation of the kingdom’
    by Catholic News Agency on August 13, 2022

    Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. Denver Newsroom, Aug 13, 2022 / 15:30 pm (CNA). “The Proclamation of the Kingdom” is an online conference being held later this month to discuss evangelization and the great commission to teach and baptize all nations. The Aug. 20 conference is being presented by the Dialogos Institute, which studies the heritage of the Fathers of the Church in the context of both Latin and Byzantine Thomism. Presentations will be given by Eduard Habsburg, Roy Schoeman, Derya Little, and Joshua Charles. “There is a crisis in the zeal of the faithful to preach the Gospel,” Alan Fimister, director of the Dialogos Institute, told CNA. “The necessity of […]

  • Who was Joan of Arc?: Answers to your questions about this heroic saint  
    by Catholic News Agency on August 13, 2022

    Joan of Arc depicted on horseback in an illustration from a 1504 manuscript. / Wiki Commons Denver Newsroom, Aug 13, 2022 / 11:09 am (CNA). Visited by St. Michael the Archangel and commissioned by God at the age of 13 to lead the army of France and bring an end to the bloodiest war in European history up to that point, Joan of Arc seems more legend than history.  Here are some of the questions people ask about the Maid of Orléans: Who was Joan of Arc and what did she do? When and where did she live? Joan of Arc was a young French peasant, born in 1412, 90 years into the Hundred Years’ War, in the small village of Domremy in eastern France. Destined to save the French from English […]

  • Will these African Americans be canonized?
    by Catholic News Agency on August 13, 2022

    null / Courtesy National Catholic Register. Denver Newsroom, Aug 13, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA). Among the many Black men and women who have been declared saints in the Catholic Church, not one of them — yet — has been American. But that does not mean there aren’t numerous good candidates for the first African American saint in the Church’s history.  Here are just a few of them. The men and women featured here are the subjects of a documentary, “A Place at the Table: African Americans on the Path to Sainthood,” set to air on EWTN on Aug. 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. EST.  Venerable Pierre Toussaint Toussaint was brought to New York from Haiti as a slave by his masters, the Bérard family. […]

  • In phone call, Zelenskyy thanks Pope Francis for praying for Ukraine
    by Catholic News Agency on August 13, 2022

    Pope Francis and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. / via Wikimedia. Rome Newsroom, Aug 13, 2022 / 04:45 am (CNA). “Our people need support of world spiritual leaders who should convey to the world the truth about acts of horror committed by the aggressor,” the Ukrainian president said.

  • As Muslims in Albuquerque grieve murders, U.S. bishops offer sympathy and support
    by Catholic News Agency on August 12, 2022

    null / null Denver Newsroom, Aug 12, 2022 / 15:20 pm (CNA). The murders of four Muslim men in Albuquerque shocked the local community. In response, Catholic leaders have offered prayer and support. “We join you in your sorrow and promise you a remembrance in our prayers,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said Aug. 11. “May all people of good will work together to deliver our communities from all forms of violence so that we might enjoy the gift of God’s peace.” Cupich is the Catholic co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue. Bishop David Talley of Memphis, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, shared […]

  • Salman Rushdie attacked at lecture in New York
    by Catholic News Agency on August 12, 2022

    Salman Rushdie speaks at the Frankfurt Bookfair, Oct. 12, 2017. / Markus Wissmann/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Aug 12, 2022 / 12:01 pm (CNA). The author Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” led to a call for his assassination from Iran’s Supreme Leader in 1989, was stabbed in the neck on Friday while onstage in New York state. The Associated Press said one of its reporters “witnessed a man confront Rushdie … and begin punching or stabbing him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced” Aug. 12. Rushdie, 75, was preparing to speak at the Chautauqua Institution, an educational center and resort in Chautauqua, New York, about 70 miles southwest of Buffalo. Henry Reese, […]

  • In Rome, a setback for Father Vincent Capodanno sainthood cause
    by Catholic News Agency on August 12, 2022

    Father Capodanno with fellow Marines in Vietnam / null Denver Newsroom, Aug 12, 2022 / 09:40 am (CNA). Consultants to the Vatican office tasked with judging possible saints have recommended the suspension of Capodanno’s cause, though his backers are appealing the decision they say is only preliminary.

  • Bishops urge passage of bill that would give same sentences to crack and powder cocaine offenders
    by Catholic News Agency on August 11, 2022

    null / Inked Pixels/Shutterstock. Washington D.C., Aug 11, 2022 / 16:50 pm (CNA). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops pressed the U.S. Senate to make the penalty for distributing crack cocaine the same as that imposed on those caught dealing powder cocaine. In an Aug. 1 letter to Congress, the bishops announced their support for legislation passed in the House of Representatives that would eliminate a disparity in federal sentencing the bishops say has a disproportionate effect on Black people. “Although crack and powder cocaine are simply two forms of the same drug, crack cocaine is cheaper; therefore, it is more accessible than powder cocaine to persons experiencing […]

  • Olivia Newton-John attended Catholic Mass, said ‘favorite prayer’ daily
    by Catholic News Agency on August 11, 2022

    Olivia Newton-John arrives for G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala Jan. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. The singer and actress died Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at age 73 after a decades-long struggle with breast cancer. / Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 11, 2022 / 13:51 pm (CNA). Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, perhaps best known for her role as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 film “Grease,” shared her favorite prayer last year. She passed away Monday at age 73.  The prayer was, she revealed in a 2021 interview, the Lord’s Prayer.  She began reciting it daily after she became pregnant with her only child, Chloe, she said on the podcast “A Life of […]

  • Religious freedom objections to mandatory health care coverage part of broader lawsuit
    by Catholic News Agency on August 11, 2022

    null / Gorodenkoff via Shutterstock. Denver Newsroom, Aug 11, 2022 / 13:39 pm (CNA). Religious freedom violations are among the claims of a federal lawsuit challenging mandatory “preventive care” coverage in employee health plans. But the lawsuit’s other challenges to federal rule-making could have far-reaching consequences. Though the Texas-based plaintiffs echo previous challengers in objecting to abortifacient contraceptives as mandatory “preventive care,” they also object to mandatory no-cost coverage of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug regimen intended to reduce the risk of HIV infection; STD tests and STD counseling; and drug use counseling. “The government cannot […]

  • Britney Spears clarifies she asked for a Catholic church wedding: ‘I don’t like being called a liar’
    by Catholic News Agency on August 11, 2022

    Singer Britney Spears attends the MTV Bash at the Hollywood Palladium on June 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California. / Kevin Winter/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). American pop star Britney Spears said that she asked to get married in a Catholic church in California, pushing back against claims that she never contacted the parish. “There was a lot of backlash saying I never asked to get married at the church I pictured,” the 40-year-old wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday. “[I]t’s not a big deal, but I don’t like being called a liar when their church says I never asked !!!” Her comments came after she reportedly said in a previous Instagram […]

  • Catholic schools’ free lunch funds jeopardized by Biden LGBT rule change
    by Catholic News Agency on August 11, 2022

    null / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Catholic school leaders need to be aware that their schools could be cut off from the federal government's free and subsidized lunch program if their policies don't comply with the Biden administration's revised rules against LGBTQ discrimination, experts warn. Earlier this year the administration re-interpreted Title IX's federal ban on sex discrimination to include “sexual orientation or gender identity.” Religious freedom and free speech advocates warn that the proposed rule change could be used to enforce mandates on hiring, bathrooms, using preferred pronouns, and dress codes.  The broadened definition […]

  • What is the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life?
    by Catholic News Agency on August 10, 2022

    null / Vatican Media. Rome Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 09:47 am (CNA). A controversy over a book and statements made on Twitter has recently drawn increased attention to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • Kansas woman arrested after allegedly striking pro-life teen ‘with fists’ to the head
    by Catholic News Agency on August 10, 2022

    Students for Life Action volunteer Grace Hartsock / Courtesy of Students for Life Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA). Grace Hartsock was knocking on doors to encourage Kansas citizens to vote for a pro-life amendment when, she says, she was attacked. The 18-year-old from Austin, Texas — a rising freshman at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas — walked away from one house after encountering a woman who opposed the amendment. That is when she heard “yelling and cursing” coming from inside, she told CNA. “As I was walking back towards the street, the woman’s adult daughter came out of the house, still yelling, and started following me,” Hatsock recalled […]

  • Pope Francis: The desire for ‘eternal youth’ and ‘unlimited well-being’ is delusional conceit
    by Catholic News Agency on August 10, 2022

    Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022 / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 04:48 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of “eternal youth” and “unlimited well-being.”