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October 24, 2019
October 24, 2019
The trial of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was charged with rape in April, will begin Nov. 11 in Kottayam. He has been accused of raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years, and he denies the allegations. The summons was issued Oct. 23 by a magistrate in Kottayam. The nun who
October 24, 2019
An indigenous Peruvian who is participating in the Amazon synod said Thursday that if Catholics in the region are to have their own rite, then without question Christ must be at its centre. “The centre that unites us now in this synod is Jesus Christ, defending natural life. There is nothing else,” Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri
October 24, 2019
A “sadistic and predatory” atmosphere allowed priests to “act like the mafia” in covering up the sexual abuse of dozens of young boys at a West London school over 50 years, an independent inquiry has found. St Benedict’s School, which is operated by Ealing Abbey, was described as a “grim and beastly place” with a
October 24, 2019
On Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney announced the opening of the cause of canonization for Eileen O’Connor, a young Australian woman who founded the order Our Lady’s Nurses of the Poor, also known as Brown Nurses. As someone who cared for the poor and the sick, and who suffered greatly because of her
October 24, 2019
Last week’s Pew report revealed that Catholics are no longer a majority among U.S. Hispanics—a stark challenge to the Church in the U.S. to evangelize. “What we’re not doing well as a Church is that we’re not building a culture in the parish where the family is truly welcome, and for Hispanics, that really is
October 24, 2019
The Senate’s confirmation on Tuesday of Andrew Bremberg as U.S. Representative to the UN in Geneva drew praise from a pro-life leader, and condemnation from Planned Parenthood. On October 22 the Senate voted 50-44 to confirm Bremberg, assistant to the president and senior advisor for domestic policy at the White House, as the U.S. Representative to
October 24, 2019
Bolivia’s presidential election is being marred by “obvious signs of fraud”, the president of the country’s bishops’ conference has said. The Vatican Financial Information Authority has expressed support for its suspended director. The Chaldean patriarchate has said it fears that further violence will engulf Iraq tomorrow. Fr Raymond de Souza argues that a “deliberate ambiguity”
October 24, 2019
A friend of mine grew up with five siblings and an alcoholic father. The effect of her father’s alcoholism was devastating on her family. Here’s how she tells the story:   By the time my father died, his alcoholism had destroyed our family. None of us kids could talk to each other any more. We’d
October 24, 2019
It felt as if we were in a film. Rustling birds announced the approach of dawn in the Eternal City. A tinkle came from the convent in the garden. Gently a couple more bells joined in before an authoritative boom from St Peter’s struck seven o’clock, seven minutes late. A female voice in our residenza
October 24, 2019
Peter Deunov (1864-1944) was born in the village of Nikolaevka to the first Bulgarian Orthodox priest ever to replace Old Church Slavonic with Bulgarian in the Divine Liturgy. Attending an American Methodist school in Varna, he left Orthodoxy for that faith, emigrating to the United States. He graduated from Drew University in New Jersey and
October 24, 2019
Cryptic across 7 Camouflaged Crusader chap’s hard-wearing uniforms on Sundays? (6,7) 8 Where Paul landed against the tide, going west, is the Polish heartland (8) 9 Spot the saint (4) 10 Look out, Hutton’s in divine form (6) 11 Virtually defile row that starts somewhere in Liverpool (6) 12 Big deal for one party (3)
October 24, 2019
Ordinary Form Divine Office Week II Sunday, October 27: The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 Monday, October 28: Ss Simon and Jude Eph 2:19-22; Ps 19; Lk 6:12-16 Tuesday, October 29: Weekday in Ordinary Time Rom 8:18-25; Ps 126; Lk 13:18-21 Wednesday, October 30: Weekday