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May 06, 2019
May 06, 2019
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has sharply criticised the new draft Vatican constitution. Cardinal Renato Martino has objected to Steve Bannon’s plan to create an academy in Italy. Maria Concepcion Cabrera has become the first Mexican laywoman to be beatified. Pope Francis has invited Ukrainian Greek Catholic leaders to Rome. Andrea Gagliarducci says L’Osservatore Romano’s move outside
May 06, 2019
In the Catholic heart of Bulgaria, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for 245 children receiving their first Communion and thanked them for helping him, their parents and grandparents remember their own first Communion. “Today you have made it possible for us to relive that joy and to celebrate Jesus, present in the bread of
May 06, 2019
When Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame caught fire, the world held its collective breath. The spire fell, and the wooden roof was reduced to ash, but the holy relics were saved, and the interior preserved from the worst ravages of fire. Now more than $1 billion has been raised to restore Notre Dame, and a
May 06, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has opened an investigation into how the state’s 12 Catholic dioceses have addressed allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests, lay church employees and volunteers. In a May 2 letter to each diocese, Becerra requests church officials to preserve all documents related to abuse allegations. The Los Angeles Archdiocese
May 06, 2019
In Bulgaria Sunday, Pope Francis said Catholics and Orthodox are united by the blood of the martyrs and the Christians who continue to suffer for the faith even today. “How many Christians in this country endured suffering for the name of Jesus, particularly during the persecution of the last century! The ecumenism of blood!” the
May 06, 2019
In the latest June/July print edition of First Things, Hadley Arkes takes on the Church’s best defenders on the Supreme Court. Arkes argues that Justices Alito and Gorsuch have inadvertently been “Backing Into Relativism” in their defence of religious liberty. In particular, Arkes takes the Court to task for rescuing the Masterpiece baker, Jack Phillips,
May 06, 2019
On the first day of a trip to Bulgaria, Pope Francis encouraged authorities to strengthen and grow their country by investing in opportunities for young people, so they can remain in the country. “Your country has always distinguished itself as a bridge between East and West, capable of favoring encounter between the different cultures, ethnic
May 06, 2019
The Lord works with imperfect situations and imperfect people, so persevere in holiness, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Bulgaria Sunday. “The Lord does not wait for perfect situations or frames of mind: he creates them. He does not expect to encounter people without problems, disappointments, sins or limitations,” the pope said at Mass May 5.
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