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March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation. The accident March 10 claimed the lives of 157 people on board, many of them from humanitarian agencies. Others on
March 11, 2019
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced on Monday restrictions on the ministry of both retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield and retired Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J. The restrictions against Bransfield are the result of a months-long preliminary investigation conducted by Lori, into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as financial improprieties. “Pending the
March 11, 2019
The Catholic Herald has learned that a bishop currently under investigation for sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement, including claims he had naked selfies and gay pornography on his phone, is on retreat with Pope Francis and other senior members of the Roman Curia. The bishop is Gustavo Zanchetta, emeritus of Orán, Argentina, and currently Assessor
March 11, 2019
It is sad to learn that Richmond Borough Council has recently followed Ealing Council in approving an exclusion zone around an abortion clinic. Last year Ealing Council used a Public Space Protection Order to prevent pro-life supporters from approaching people or praying within 200 metres of a Marie Stopes Clinic. In neither case has there
March 11, 2019
Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops to remain pure and generous. Blessed Ángel Cuartas Cristóbal and eight of his seminary classmates were martyred amid the “Red Terror” persecution of the Church during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s in which
March 11, 2019
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in the United States, an attorney will represent the estate of an aborted child, after the father filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the six-week old fetus. Court documents allege that a then-16-year-old Alabama woman obtained a medication abortion in February
March 11, 2019
A school district in Utah has issued an apology after a fourth-grade student was told by a teacher that he must remove the cross from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. William McLeod, a student at Valley View Elementary School in Bountiful, Utah, arrived at school with ashes on his forehead in the shape of a
March 11, 2019
A K-8 Catholic school in Kansas is defending its decision to deny admission to a kindergarten student who is the child of a same-sex couple, citing archdiocesan admissions policies. Father Craig Maxim sent a letter dated February 27 to the families of St. Ann Catholic School in Prairie Hills, a suburb of Kansas City. Maxim,
March 11, 2019
Cardinal Sean O’Malley has announced a hotline for reporting misconduct by bishops in Boston archdiocese. The “interior life, faith in God [and] the certainty of His love” are remedies for temptation, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). The sentencing of Cardinal George Pell will be broadcast live on television. Nine seminarians
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