Cardinal Gregory prays on TV for 500,000 Americans killed by Covid-19 Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Cardinal Gregory on CNN

Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory appeared on CNN offering a prayer for the 500,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19. In the prayer, Gregory asked God to “grant eternal peace to all our sisters and brothers lost to this disease.” “Let us now open our hearts to recall those who have died from the coronavirus,” Cardinal Read more

Twitter deletes Irish bishop’s tweet Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

An Irish Catholic bishop’s tweet about assisted suicide has been restored after Twitter deleted it. Twitter said  the tweet was removed for “violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.” In his 31 January 2021 tweet, Bishop Kevin Doran expressed opposition to efforts to legalize assisted suicide in Ireland. “There is dignity in Read more

White House won’t rule out using Pope in Iran negotiations Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

The White House is not ruling out using Pope Francis as a means of making contact and negotiating with Iran’s government. The question of using Francis arose when a media outlet noted he has extensive contacts with the Iranian government in Tehran and that President Joe Biden has an excellent relationship with the pontiff. On Read more

Prince William’s ancestor on path to Catholic sainthood Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Prince William ancestor

A 19th century English Catholic priest who was an ancestor of Britain’s Prince William, and Prince Harry is on the path to sainthood. On Saturday, the Vatican said Pope Francis had approved a decree recognising the “heroic virtues” of George Spencer. Fr. Spencer was a priest of the Passionist religious order who lived from 1799 Read more

Former Archbishop of Canterbury acknowledges debt to Catholics Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Archbishop of Canterbury acknowledges Catholics

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has acknowledged a debt to Catholics in a statement published in the Catholic Herald on Feb. 22. Dr. Williams grew up in Wales during the 1950s where “you still couldn’t quite avoid the sense that Catholics were exotic and a bit frightening.” He attended an Anglican parish church in Read more

Archbishop grants Catholics dispensation from fasting, abstinence on Ash Wednesday Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Due to the ongoing winter storm, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller has granted Catholics a dispensation from fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and says ashes will be allowed to be given at the end of masses through the weekend if parishioners don’t receive them Wednesday. Archdiocese officials said that many churches in the area Read more

Death penalty ban and abortion liberalisation! Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly passed a final version of a bill that will abolish the death penalty in the state Feb. 22. The Senate voted 22-16 to pass the death penalty abolition bill and the House of Delegates voted 57-43 to approve the identical bill, according to the advocacy group Virginians for Alternatives to the Read more

John Howard calls for religious schools to have anti-discrimination exemption Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

The former Australian prime minister John Howard has reignited the religious freedom debate, arguing schools should be able to hire teachers based on whether they accept the beliefs the school is based on in the same way political parties favour staff who believe in a party’s ideals. In a presentation to Christian organisation Family Voice Read more

Poorer parishes, dioceses take a bigger hit from pandemic Comments 0

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Just as it was in much of American society this past year, the financial toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic affected poor parishes and dioceses more starkly than it did larger and more well-to-do Catholic institutions. While that’s not to say that bigger dioceses and parishes didn’t feel any sting — some dioceses started making Read more

Pope accepts top liturgy Cardinal’s resignation Comments 0

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Pope Francis, Saturday, accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah. Sarah was prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and in line with protocol, submitted his resignation towards the end of 2020 when he turned 75. An outspoken head of liturgy, it was Francis who appointed to the position Read more