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November 14, 2019
November 14, 2019
The embattled bishop of Buffalo, New York, Richard Malone, on Thursday morning flatly dismissed rumours he had submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. The Catholic Herald met Malone as the bishop emerged from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, following the New York bishops’ ad limina Mass, and asked him directly whether there is any truth to
November 14, 2019
Pope Francis has appointed Spanish Jesuit Fr Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, following the expiration of Cardinal George Pell’s term in February. From Merida, Spain, Guerrero, 60, will begin his term as prefect in January 2020. Pope Francis established the Secretariat for Economy in 2014 as part of
November 14, 2019
A group broke into an Irish Carmelite monastery during the daytime, vandalized its chapel and shouted slurs at the elderly nuns who lived there on Monday. “The poor sisters who live there play such an integral part of life in the area and it’s outrageous that a small group of thugs would target them like
November 14, 2019
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is rejecting an allegation that he sexually molested a minor in the 1970s, calling it a “false allegation.” Allegations were reported Wednesday against DiMarzio, who recently concluded an investigation into accusations of cover-up against Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo. “I am just learning about this allegation,” DiMarzio told the Associated
November 14, 2019
A national third-party reporting system for allegations of abuse, neglect, or misconduct against bishops could be activated by February 2020, the U.S. bishops’ conference said Wednesday. Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told bishops Nov. 13 at their annual fall meeting in Baltimore that a contract had been finalized for
November 14, 2019
The New Zealand Parliament voted in favor of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide Wednesday, sending the bill to a referendum next year. The End of Life Choice Bill was passed November 13 by a vote of 69-51. It would allow terminally ill persons who have six months or fewer to live to be euthanized or
November 14, 2019
The crypt of St. Mark’s Basilica was completely flooded Wednesday, after Venice’s water levels hit the highest level in more than 50 years. Local authorities have called for a state of emergency after one man died in the worst flooding in Venice in decades. The high water mark reached over 6 feet, the highest level
November 14, 2019
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury have confirmed that they intend to travel together to South Sudan. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has denied an allegation of abuse. George Weigel deplores “the cult of synodality”. Jane Stannus hails the “countercultural experience” of the traditional Mass. Joseph Pearce welcomes Cardinal Sarah’s “rallying cry in troublous times”.
November 14, 2019
What does it mean to have a vocation? The term gets batted around both in religious and secular circles, and everyone assumes its meaning is clear. Is it? What’s a vocation? Carl Jung defined it this way: “A vocation is an irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from
November 14, 2019
Enough doom and gloom, says Billy Connolly, quoted in the London Evening Standard: he thinks the news needs cheering up. “Move obituaries from the back to the front page,” he suggests. “They are the best thing in the paper … [they’re about] great things people have done.” I’m heartened (as the Daily Telegraph’s obituaries editor)
November 14, 2019
Valentinus (100-160), was born in a small town in northern Egypt, and moved to Alexandria as a child. There he received a Greek education and became a disciple of Theudas, who himself had been a student of St Paul the Apostle. He went to Rome about 136, and became a popular teacher – so much
November 14, 2019
Cryptic across 3 Two boys read quietly in school a letter from Paul (11) 7 Fool little boy to come to a valley near Jerusalem (6) 8 It’s him, making a false stroke (6) 9 Figure it’s a small number to bluff (4) 11 Second to Stornoway, a most wee city (5) 13 A new
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