2 churches bombed in Nepal

“Low intensity” bombs exploded at two churches in Nepal after the nation’s lawmakers decided that the nation would remain a secular state, the Hindustan Times reported. Until 2008, the Himalayan nation was a Hindu state, and Hindu nationalist literature was found at the sites of the explosions. http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=26154

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Synod leader: the Church must include, not exclude

Speaking at a diocesan conference in Sessa Aurunca, Italy, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops emphasized that the Church must “include” rather than “exclude.” In his September 15 address, which was summarized in a brief article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said that “the crisis of the family is due also to…… Continue reading Synod leader: the Church must include, not exclude

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Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

A Brazilian bishop has criticized the mainstream media for manipulating and confusing their readers regarding Pope Francis’ recent moves in the reform of the annulment process and special permissions regarding confession during the Jubilee of Mercy. Bishop Henrique Soares da Costa of Palmares warned that proceeding in this fashion, what the world wants is “to…… Continue reading Media invent a fake Pope by misusing his words, bishop charges

Street women, kids aren't price tags – they're people, Pope says

On Thursday Pope Francis said that abandoned children and exploited sex workers forced to live on the street are a “shameful reality” in modern society, and encouraged efforts to find more concrete ways to help them. “(These) sad realities…are the result of indifference, poverty, family and social violence, and human trafficking,” the Pope said Sept.…… Continue reading Street women, kids aren't price tags – they're people, Pope says

What's the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree. “Open up an English shop?” Bishop Conley said with a laugh. Most English majors can probably relate. But even today – decades after his undergraduate studies – Bishop Conley stands by his…… Continue reading What's the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

World meeting for young religious begins in Rome

As part of the Year of Consecrated Life, which began in November 2014 and concludes in February 2016, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has organized a five-day world meeting for young consecrated men and women. The world meeting began on September 15 with a prayer vigil in St.…… Continue reading World meeting for young religious begins in Rome

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European bishops: ‘the Church does not accept gender theory’

The presidents of Europe’s episcopal conferences issue a message at the conclusion of a six-day meeting in the Holy Land. In the message, they lamented the plight of refugees, called for peace in the Middle East, and discussed the importance of religious freedom and “the fundamental right of parents to educate their own children according…… Continue reading European bishops: ‘the Church does not accept gender theory’

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Man pulls gun on pro-lifers outside abortion clinic

An Indiana man faces criminal charges after waving a loaded pistol at pro-life activists outside an Illinois abortion clinic. Clifton Ratney, who was accompanying a woman to the clinic, reportedly told police that he had drawn his weapon because pro-lifers “shouted toward” him. The episode was caught on videotape. Ratney is licensed to carry a…… Continue reading Man pulls gun on pro-lifers outside abortion clinic

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German cardinal discusses importance of pro-life issues

In a message for the annual German pro-life march, which will take place in Berlin on September 19, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference said that “as Christians we share the conviction that the inviolable dignity of every human being has its origin in God, the Creator of all life.” Cardinal Reinhard Marx referred…… Continue reading German cardinal discusses importance of pro-life issues

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Francis' Council of Cardinals proposes a new congregation for the Roman Curia

The Council of Cardinals finally submitted to Pope Francis on Wednesday a proposal to establish a new congregation for laity, family, and life in the Roman Curia, after widespread discussion and anticipation. The council of nine cardinals, who are advising the Pope on reform of the Roman Curia, met at the Vatican Sept. 14-16. Cardinal…… Continue reading Francis' Council of Cardinals proposes a new congregation for the Roman Curia