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August 03, 2017
August 03, 2017
Bishop Joe Vasquez said the bill negates the contributions of immigrants to the US
August 03, 2017
Requests are increasing from people who are not terminally ill
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Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald
August 03, 2017
This month, Cardinal Parolin, the Pope’s Secretary of State and the second most important office holder in the Church, is visiting Russia. The cardinal has already visited Belarus and Ukraine; the visit to Russia marks the culmination of a long process in the Vatican’s Ostpolitik. It is no secret that the Vatican has long wanted
August 03, 2017
✣ Venezuela steps closer towards ‘dictatorship’ What happened? Violence erupted on the streets of Venezuela last weekend as President Nicolás Maduro strengthened his grip on the country. A vote, boycotted by the opposition, elected members of a constituent assembly which will dissolve the opposition-led Congress and write a new constitution for the country. President Maduro said
August 03, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online How medieval chefs made fast days easier Natasha Frost at Atlas Obscura described how medieval chefs handled meat-free days. It wasn’t just Fridays, she noted, but Wednesdays, to observe when Judas betrayed Christ, and Saturdays, to commemorate the Virgin Mary – not to mention the whole of Lent. Those
August 03, 2017
The diocese of East Anglia is launching a campaign to promote the Cause of Leonard Cheshire, the war hero who founded a worldwide network of homes for disabled people. The campaign will begin with a centenary Mass next month celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes. Cheshire, an RAF bomber pilot during World War II, was awarded
August 03, 2017
Christians could be targeted by the Government’s counter-extremism strategy, a bishop has said. In a homily at Lourdes, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said the Government strategy “struggles to define arbitrary values which might preserve society now confronted by aggressive ideologies and homicidal terror”. He pointed out that the problem lies in how “extremism” is
August 03, 2017
Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time. The act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on September 3. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley asked Catholics to take part in 40 days of spiritual preparation for the
August 03, 2017
While Catholics and Orthodox may be divided on earth, they are still able to pray to the same intercessors in heaven for unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch said during a visit to Russia. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, led a group to St Petersburg to return a relic of St
August 03, 2017
An anarchist group calling itself “Informal Feminist Commando of Anti-Authoritarian Action Coatlicue” has claimed credit for detonating an explosive device outside the Mexican bishops’ conference offices. The group said via an online posting: “Not God nor master. For each torture and murder in the name of your God. For every child abused by paedophile priests.”
August 03, 2017
Worshippers and dignitaries gathered at the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray last week to mark the first anniversary of the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel at the hands of Islamist extremists. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen celebrated the anniversary Mass at the church where the 85-year-old priest was killed by two Muslim terrorists. “Though he is dead,