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  • Exorcist says porn addiction ‘an opening to the demonic,’ despite German priest’s controversial denials
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Monsignor Stephen Rossetti has gained thousands of followers on social media after sharing the wisdom he has gained as an exorcist on online platforms. / Monsignor Stephen Rossetti Boston, Mass., Dec 1, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA). Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington, said that a porn addiction puts one in grave spiritual danger, words that starkly contrast with those of a German priest who recently contradicted Pope Francis by saying that connecting porn to the demonic is a “spiritual exaggeration.” “A pornography addiction, like any serious sin, is an opening to the demonic,” Rossetti told CNA in an email interview Wednesday.  “It is never a […]

  • Former parish employee identified as second victim of Louisiana double homicide
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Ruth Prats offers a reflection on her relationship with Father Otis Young before Mass in June 2022. / Screenshot of YouTube video Boston, Mass., Dec 1, 2022 / 15:32 pm (CNA). The second victim in a Louisiana double homicide that also claimed the life of a local Catholic priest, Father Otis Young, has been identified.  Ruth Prats, a 73-year-old former staff member who worked for Young when he was pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, was identified as the second victim, St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston announced Thursday in a press conference. Young’s death, which was confirmed Tuesday, was caused by “sharp- and blunt-force trauma,” the coroner’s office […]

  • Indiana AG files legal complaint against abortion doctor who performed a minor’s abortion
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    null / Unsplash. St. Louis, Mo., Dec 1, 2022 / 15:15 pm (CNA). Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has asked the state’s medical licensing board to discipline an abortion doctor, Caitlin Bernard, who in June performed an abortion on a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled from Ohio to Indiana.  “Based on the physician’s own testimony under oath, she violated federal and Indiana law related to patient privacy and the reporting of child abuse,” the Republican AG said in a Nov. 30 statement. Bernard, who already was known for her pro-abortion activism in Indiana, drew worldwide media attention to herself when she disclosed to the Indianapolis Star details about the abortion she […]

  • Arson at Colorado pregnancy center still unsolved; FBI offers major reward for leads
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Spray-painted graffiti outside Life Choices, a pro-life pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado. / Courtesy of Longmont Public Safety Denver, Colo., Dec 1, 2022 / 14:40 pm (CNA). The FBI is offering a $17,500 reward for credible leads in the arson of a a pro-life pregnancy center in northern Colorado that is still under investigation after five months. Longmont Police Chief Jeff Satur told a Wednesday press conference that investigators have few leads, the Denver Gazette reported. Investigators are again asking for aid from anyone with local video from the time of the crime, this time from a wider area. They are also analyzing the handwriting of the vandals’ graffiti messages. One message […]

  • Retirement Fund for Religious collection to be held weekend of Dec. 3-4
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on December 1, 2022

    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold its annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection in parishes throughout the region Dec. 3-4.

  • ‘Gravely disappointed’: U.S. bishops respond to passage of the same-sex marriage act
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    null / Ivan Galashchuk via www.shutterstock.com. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 1, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA). Today the U.S. bishops responded to the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, saying society “has lost sight of the purpose of marriage.” Bishop Robert Barron, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, strongly condemned the bill’s passage. “We are gravely disappointed that the misnamed Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate and continue to call for its rejection,” Barron wrote. The Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate Tuesday, redefining marriage to include unions between […]

  • Fatima Catholic Outreach Center celebrates recent upgrades, honors 150 volunteers
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on December 1, 2022

    The Fatima Catholic Outreach Center hosted a celebration Nov. 19 marking the recent beautification and maintenances of its buildings and grounds.

  • This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022 / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Denver, Colo., Dec 1, 2022 / 12:10 pm (CNA). Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for volunteer not-for-profit organizations.

  • Sisters of Life host annual caroling in the city
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on December 1, 2022

    The Sisters of Life invite all to enjoy a night of caroling in the city on Thursday, Dec. 15.

  • This Catholic priest fought narcos in Colombia, now he is to lead the peace process
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Father Silverio Ernesto Suárez, Major General of the National Police of Colombia / Father Silverio Suárez Rome Newsroom, Dec 1, 2022 / 08:40 am (CNA). This Catholic priest fought narcos in Colombia, now he is to lead the peace process

  • Vatican announces Pope Francis’ end-of-year liturgy schedule
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on December 1, 2022

    With most of the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic removed, Pope Francis is scheduled to return to a full slate of public liturgies in December and January.

  • Jihadists seeking to build ‘transcontinental caliphate,’ says report
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    null / Oleg Zabielin via www.shutterstock.com. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 1, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA). Islamist terrorist groups are unleashing a new wave of violence and persecution to build a “transnational caliphate” stretching from west Africa to the Pacific, according to a new report on religious persecution.  The report, released earlier this month by the international Catholic pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), found that as a result of increased jihadist activity, persecution of Christians along the equator has skyrocketed in recent years. ACN’s report, “Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians Oppressed for their Faith, 2020-2022,” […]

  • USCCB committee decries rising antisemitism in U.S.
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on December 1, 2022

    Saying they are outraged by growing "antisemitic rhetoric" across the country, members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs urged Christians to decry hate-filled statements and violence aimed at Jewish individuals, homes and institutions.

  • Pope Francis praises ‘fruitful’ theology of Benedict XVI
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall. / © L’Osservatore Romano CNA Newsroom, Dec 1, 2022 / 05:06 am (CNA). Speaking at the 2022 Ratzinger Prize award ceremony, Francis said: “We all feel his spiritual presence and his accompaniment in prayer for the whole Church.”

  • Charles de Foucauld, Catholic ‘revert’ turned saint
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Charles de Foucauld / Public domain Vatican City, Dec 1, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA). St. Charles de Foucauld was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother, who served among the Tuareg people in the Sahara desert in Algeria.

  • Pope Francis’ trip to Africa rescheduled for February 2023
    by Catholic News Agency on December 1, 2022

    Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022 / Pablo Esparza / CNA Rome Newsroom, Dec 1, 2022 / 04:41 am (CNA). Pope Francis has rescheduled his trip to the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for Jan. 31–Feb. 5, 2023.

  • What the same-sex marriage vote means for Catholics
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    null / Gutzemberg / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 30, 2022 / 16:45 pm (CNA). With Congress now poised to enshrine same-sex marriage into federal law — largely thanks to Senate Republicans — opponents of the measure warn that Catholics and other people of faith should brace for incoming attacks on their faith.  The Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which federally defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman and did not force states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The Democrat-led RFMA goes further than the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage — Obergefell v. Hodges […]

  • Nuestro Señor Jesucristo es la fuente de nuestra dignidad
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on November 30, 2022

    Toda persona tiene dignidad. Al comenzar esta temporada de Adviento, reflexionemos sobre la humildad del Niño Jesús que nació pobre, inmigrante, desconocido por el mundo. Reflexionemos en Jesús vivo en los corazones de nuestros vecinos más vulnerables.

  • The Vatican says it’s been hacked — again
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    null / dade72 / Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Nov 30, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA). A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday that the Holy See has taken down its main vatican.va website amid an apparent attempt to hack the site. 

  • National Catholic Bioethics Center marks 50th anniversary
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on November 30, 2022

    The National Catholic Bioethics Center observed its 50th anniversary Nov. 30 with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Nelson Pérez.

  • Louisiana priest confirmed as victim in double homicide, archbishop offers prayers
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    Father Otis Young, the former pastor at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington, Louisiana, was killed in a double homicide less than a year after his retirement. / Screenshot 2020 YouTube video Boston, Mass., Nov 30, 2022 / 13:35 pm (CNA). Authorities have positively identified Father Otis Young, a local Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, as one of the victims of a double homicide. The St. Tammany Coroner’s office said Tuesday that the cause of death was “sharp- and blunt-force trauma.” The homicide occurred either Sunday night or Monday morning, the office said.  New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond released a statement Wednesday offering prayers for both Young and […]

  • Jesus Christ is the source of our dignity
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on November 30, 2022

    “Every person has dignity. As we begin this season of Advent, let us reflect on the humility of the Child Jesus who was born poor, an immigrant, unknown to the world. Let us reflect on Jesus alive in the hearts of our most vulnerable neighbors," writes Father Charles Ravert.

  • Cardinal Becciu and the twists and turns of the Vatican finance trial
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu attends the Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals at the St. Peter's Basilica on Aug. 27, 2022, at the Vatican. / Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). Recent court hearings have introduced a few revelations about the case as well as possible new accusations against the Secretariat of State’s former No. 2.

  • Racism is a sin and must be crushed, eradicated
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on November 30, 2022

    "Courageous conversations on racial matters are needed with honest and respectful exchange of views. Words matter, tone matters, and civility matters," writes Gerald T. Davis, a member of the Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing.

  • Prefect of Vatican economy office steps down, citing illness
    by Catholic Philly (Catholic Philly) on November 30, 2022

    Three years after Pope Francis appointed him to speed up financial reforms, transparency and budget controls at the Vatican, Jesuit Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves has resigned for health reasons.

  • Pope Francis: Restoration of Christian unity is ‘an urgent priority in today’s world’
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. / Vatican Media. Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2022 / 07:55 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.”

  • Pope Francis names new economy prefect as Father Guerrero resigns ‘for personal reasons’
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves / Office of Communication Society of Jesus Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2022 / 04:46 am (CNA). Pope Francis has appointed a Spanish layman to lead the Secretariat for the Economy following the resignation of Father Juan Antonio Guerrero, SJ.

  • Pope Francis’ spiritual life tip: A daily examination of conscience helps to avoid repeating mistakes
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022 / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 30, 2022 / 04:11 am (CNA). Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life.

  • Senate passes same-sex marriage bill, sending it back to the House
    by Catholic News Agency on November 30, 2022

    null / Africa Studio / Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Nov 29, 2022 / 17:01 pm (CNA). The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday evening to pass the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA), sending the bill back to the House for a final vote before it reaches the president’s desk.  The bill, which would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and provide for federal recognition of same-sex marriages, has drawn criticism from Catholic leaders for not providing strong enough legal protections for individuals who believe marriage to be between one man and one woman, as taught by the Catholic Church.  The present bill would not require any state to allow same-sex couples to marry, but would require states […]

  • Pray with the cast of ‘The Chosen’ this Advent season on Hallow
    by Catholic News Agency on November 29, 2022

    Hallow's Advent feat. The Chosen: #Pray25 Prayer Challenge / Hallow Denver, Colo., Nov 29, 2022 / 16:30 pm (CNA). Advent is a season of preparation, hope, and joy as we await the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As in every Advent, we are called during this time to prepare our hearts for his miraculous birth.  This Advent, Hallow, a Catholic meditation and prayer app, invites us to dive further into the journey that led to Christ’s birth by participating in the Advent #Pray25 Challenge featuring the cast of “The Chosen," the hit streaming series about Jesus and his first disciples.  Join Jonathan Roumie, the actor who plays Jesus; Elizabeth Tabish, who plays Mary […]