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Catholic pro-lifers concerned about Texas abortion restrictions

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Texas’s newly enacted “heartbeat law” is “not the way” to advance the cause, say many Catholic pro-lifers. The law deputizes private citizens to enforce its anti-abortion regime and offers $10,000 cash incentives as a sweetener to do so. Catholic pro-lifers and leaders of pro-life organizations who otherwise support the law’s aim to curb legal abortions, Read more

Catechists need passion and creativity to beat new paths

Monday, September 20th, 2021
passion and creativity to beat new paths

Catechesis is a tradition that is lived from heart to heart, from mind to mind, life to life. Pope Francis made the comments while participants in a meeting promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation on Friday. He was following up on the comments he made at St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava during his Read more

Lay lust for power is not about the Gospel

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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A lust for service, rather than a lust for power is what should drive the Church’s lay-leaders, Pope Francis says. Their “mission is to serve, not to wield power or exert control over others.” Francis made the comments in a meeting last Thursday with moderators of Catholic lay associations, ecclesial movements and new communities. Many Read more

Faith involves identifying with suffering

Monday, September 20th, 2021
Faith involves identifying with suffering

On his last day in Slovakia Pope Francis told 60,000 mostly masked faithful that faith involves identifying with suffering. He encouraged Slovak Catholics to open their hearts to “a faith that becomes compassion” that “identifies with those who are hurting, suffering and forced to bear heavy crosses.” It is “a faith that does not remain Read more

Anti-vax clerics threatened with pay cuts

Monday, September 20th, 2021
Cyprus priests pay

The Archbishop of Cyprus has warned priests their pay will be cut if they actively discourage worshippers from getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Archbishop Chrysostomos II also suggested priests could be removed if they continued preaching the anti-vax message. “The pandemic is neither a church issue nor a spiritual one – it is a medical issue,” Read more

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism

Monday, September 20th, 2021

A Holocaust survivor has thanked Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism during his visit to Central Europe. The Hungarian-born Jewish writer Edith Bruck expressed her gratitude in a letter given to the pope on Sept 15 during his in-flight press conference at the end of the four-day trip to Hungary and Slovakia. The pope met Jewish Read more

Church billed as largest US Catholic parish is being built in Visalia

Monday, September 20th, 2021

It’s billed as the largest Catholic parish in the United States and it’s being constructed about 200 miles north of Los Angeles, in what’s often referred to “as the heart of California’s dairy industry.” With an estimated $18.5 million price tag, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church will seat 3,200 people, will encompass approximately 33,000 square Read more

In Zimbabwe “no vax” means “no church”

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Zimbabwe’s parliament has decreed that anyone in the landlocked Southern African country who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be permitted to attend church services. “Concerning the churches, the council of ministers has decided that only the vaccinated faithful will be able to go there,” the government announced September 14. Zimbabwe began Read more

Pope Francis invokes Abraham Lincoln in message to safeguarding summit

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Pope Francis invoked Abraham Lincoln in a video message released on Saturday to a safeguarding summit organized by the Catholic Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Addressing participants in the meeting in Warsaw, Poland, the pope referred to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, delivered 41 days before the president’s assassination in 1865. “‘With malice toward none, Read more

Christianity is a relic – it’s time to get creative says Pope

Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Christianity is a relic

Christianity is a relic that no longer neither speaks to many people nor affects the way they live their lives, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. He made the comments to Catholic Church clergy and lay leaders in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava during his pastoral visit to Slovakia. “The centre of the Church is not the Read more