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November 08, 2019
November 08, 2019
Less than a month after the canonisation of St John Henry Newman, England is to get its fourth oratory. Pope Francis signed a decree on November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints, formally erecting the Manchester Oratory at St Chad’s parish in the Diocese of Salford. The Oratorian community, which has been in formation in
November 08, 2019
When Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum he faced the absolutism of state socialism to his left, and the absolutism of laissez-faire capitalism to his right. He saw both strands of industrial age absolutism as existential threats to human dignity, to families, to the common good of nations, and as a threat to the Church.
November 08, 2019
Bishops from New England have shared with Pope Francis some of the joys, challenges and sufferings of the church in the Northeast and, really, throughout the United States, three of the bishops said. Nearing the end of their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican to pray at the tombs of the apostles and report on
November 08, 2019
A Catholic bishop in the Philippines is drawing attention to the ongoing problem of child labor in the country, urging a cooperative effort to eliminate the factors driving children into often dangerous working conditions. “The situation of the suffering children and those who are deprived of their rights and dignity leave a great challenge to
November 08, 2019
Northern Ireland’s proposed abortion law drew strong objections from pro-life advocates who said it removes almost all legal protection for unborn babies. They added that it drops many safeguards provided in other parts of the U.K., allows non-doctors to perform abortions, and allows abortion of disabled babies as far as birth. “Because of the pro-life
November 08, 2019
Ohio lawmakers have passed two pieces of new pro-life legislation while court battles challenging earlier pro-life laws continue. On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 155 by a vote of 22-10. The bill would require doctors to inform a mother that there are ways to possibly reverse a chemical abortion if they were to
November 08, 2019
The US bishops’ conference has claimed that a new book presents a “false and misleading” account of its relations with Rome (full statement, author’s response). Chinese experts will help to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral. Pope Francis has restructured several Brazilian dioceses in the wake of the Amazon synod. Bishop Robert McElroy says the US Church is
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