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Full schedule set for Pope's visit to US, Cuba

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) The Vatican has released the full schedule for the September visit by Pope Francis to Cuba and the US. The highlights of the papal trip will be an address to the UN on September 25 and a visit to

Supreme Court blocks enforcement on Texas law setting safety standards for abortion clinics

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) The US Supreme Court has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new state law in Texas that would have required abortion clinics to adhere to standards similar to those in place for other medical

Pope's prayer intentions for July 2015

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for July 2015. The Pope’s universal intention is: “That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of

Report: Pope to visit Kenya in November

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) A spokesman for Kenya’s president said that Pope Francis will visit the African nation in November. “The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November,” said

Peruvian cardinal rips US Supreme Court decision

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) Following the recent US Supreme Court decision, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima offered strong criticism of same-sex marriage, calling it “imperialism, colonialism,” according to a

Pope Francis: ‘yes’ to Jewish roots of Christianity, ‘no’ to anti-Semitism

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) Pope Francis received a delegation of the International Council of Christians and Jews in audience on June 30 and said that the Second Vatican Council’s document Nostra Aetate “represents a

Leading Russian Orthodox figure meets with 3 Vatican officials

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) Metropolitan Hilarion, the chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, met on June 26 with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State. The

Pope’s activities curtailed during summer

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will not hold his Wednesday general audiences during the month of July. The audiences will be resumed in August in the Paul VI Audience

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) Pope Francis visited with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the latter’s residence for a half hour on June 30, according to the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis, according to the press office,

Papal condemnation of terrorist attacks

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) Stating that “the Holy Father once again condemns the violence which generates so much suffering,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, sent out telegrams of condolence in Pope

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

(Tuesday, Jun. 30) This memorial is in honor of the nameless followers of Christ brutally killed by the mad Emperor Nero as scapegoats for the fire in Rome. The pagan historian Tacitus and St. Clement of Rome tell of

Commentary: The political outlook after Obergefell

(Monday, Jun. 29) Now what? Now that same-sex marriage is a reality throughout the US—or rather, the legal fiction of same-sex marriage is mandated in every state—what’s next? It should be

Speaking at UN, Cardinal Turkson stresses link between climate change, world poverty

(Monday, Jun. 29) The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace underlined the link between environmental degradation and world poverty, as expressed in the papal encyclical Laudato Si’, in a June 29

Al Azhar condemns ISIS, urges defeat by 'every possible means'

(Monday, Jun. 29) Al Azhar University, the Egyptian institution that is regarded as the leading intellectual authority of Sunni Islam, has condemned the “heinous” violence of the Islamic State, the AsiaNews service

Questions raised about financial dealings in Paraguay diocese whose bishop was removed

(Monday, Jun. 29) An Associated Press report has uncovered financial irregularities in a diocese in Paraguay whose bishop was ousted by the Vatican last year. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano was removed from his

Syrian Orthodox prelate begs West: stop arming Islamic militants

(Monday, Jun. 29) Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ephrem II pleaded for Western nations to stop providing weapons for Syrian militant groups, in an interview with Vatican Insider. “We are not asking the west for

US bishops' statements on Supreme Court ruling

(Monday, Jun. 29) The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided a useful collection of links to statements by dozens of American bishops responding to the Obergefell

Commentary: Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul

(Monday, Jun. 29) The good news: The Vatican has a new streamlined media operation, with one office responsible for coordinating all communications work. The bad news: that office is staffed by four

Commentary: So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision?

(Monday, Jun. 29) The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Father James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the

Pope links apostles, Marian devotion

(Monday, Jun. 29) In his Angelus address delivered in St. Peter’s Square on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis recalled that the two saints came from distant lands to proclaim the Gospel in

Be men of prayer, faith, and witness, Pope tells metropolitan archbishops

(Monday, Jun. 29) Pope Francis entrusted the pallium to 46 metropolitan archbishops appointed during the past year and exhorted them to be follow the example of the apostles and be men of prayer, faith, and

Pope asks: ‘Do we believe that Jesus can heal?’

(Monday, Jun. 29) In his June 28 Angelus address, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day (Mark 5:21-43), which recounted the raising of a synagogue official’s child and the healing of a woman with a

Vatican communications efforts merged, new office will supervise work

(Monday, Jun. 29) Pope Francis has established a new Vatican office, the Secretariat for Communications, to supervise all of the communications and public-relations efforts of the Holy See. The new office,

Encyclical on environment ‘filled us with immense satisfaction,’ says Ecumenical Patriarch

(Monday, Jun. 29) In a message to Pope Francis issued in commemoration of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople welcomed Pope Francis’s encyclical on the

Catholic-Orthodox unity ‘one of my main concerns,’ says Pope

(Monday, Jun. 29) Pope Francis told a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the restoration of “full, visible communion” between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches “represents

Pope appoints envoy for commemoration of death of Jan Hus

(Monday, Jun. 29) In a Latin-language letter dated April 9 and released on June 27, Pope Francis formally appointed Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the retired archbishop of Prague, as his special envoy for the commemoration

4 blesseds, including St. Thérèse’s parents, to be canonized on October 18

(Monday, Jun. 29) During an ordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals, as Pope Francis and the cardinals celebrated Terce (Midmorning Prayer) in the Apostolic Palace, the Pontiff formally approved a decree on

Papal video message to peoples of Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay

(Monday, Jun. 29) As Pope Francis’s apostolic journey to Ecuador, Bolivia, and Paraguay draws near, the Pontiff has spoken to the peoples of those nations in a video message. “My wish is to be with you, to share

Commentary: Acedia and the Unbearable Lightness of Being

(Monday, Jun. 29) In his recent book The Noonday Devil, Jean-Charles Nault suggests that one aspect of acedia, or spiritual torpor, in modern society is that man does not want to receive goods that have a source

Liturgical Calendar: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles

(Monday, Jun. 29) Veneration of the two great Apostles, Peter and Paul, has its roots in the very foundations of the Church. They are the solid rock on which the Church is built. They are at the origin of her faith

Liturgical Calendar: Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

(Sunday, Jun. 28) Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Tal'itha cu'mi"; which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." And immediately the girl got up and walked (she was twelve years of age), and they were

New Document: Bishop Jarrell Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

(Sunday, Jun. 28) On June 26, 2015, Bishop Michael Jarrell of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana issued this strong statement of condemnation of the Supreme Court's decision ruling in favor of gay

Liturgical Calendar: Optional Memorial of St. Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor

(Saturday, Jun. 27) St. Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, one of the metropolitan sees of the Christian Church in the east, was one of the great defenders of the faith against the heresy of Nestorius who denied the

46 new archbishops to receive pallium

(Friday, Jun. 26) Forty-six newly appointed archbishops will receive the pallium this year, with Pope Francis blessing the vestments during Mass on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29. The pallium is a white

Education-- especially of young women-- is vital work, Pope tells leaders of scouting movement

(Friday, Jun. 26) “Education is the indispensable means for enabling girls to grow into active and responsible women,” Pope Francis said in a June 26 address to delegates of the International Catholic Conference of

400-year-old Jesuit college in London will close

(Friday, Jun. 26) Heythorp College, a 400-year-old Jesuit institution in London, will close in 2018, administrators have announced. Heythorp College specialized in philosophy and theology, and provided advanced

Commentary: On marriage, law, politics and the death of the West

(Friday, Jun. 26) Here we go again. The United States Supreme Court has created a new legal definition of marriage and ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriage. In other recent news, a UN committee

US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage

(Friday, Jun. 26) In a sweeping historic decision released on June 26, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the Fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution requires all states to grant legal recognition to same-sex

No Vatican decision yet on Medjugorje, leading journalist reports

(Friday, Jun. 26) Directly contradicting a report that circulated widely in the Italian media yesterday, a leading Vatican journalist has reported that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has not

Commentary: The non-judgmental judge

(Friday, Jun. 26) Robert Mickens is not happy about the huge pro-family rally that was held in Rome last weekend.

Archbishop Forte lists 5 key synod issues

(Friday, Jun. 26) In remarks published in Famiglia Cristiana, Archbishop Bruno Forte discussed what he sees as the five most important issues of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. Archbishop Forte, the

Paulists leaving Canada

(Friday, Jun. 26) Amid declining priestly vocations, the Paulist Fathers are leaving Canada, where they have ministered for over a century. “This is a decision no religious community wants to make," said Father

Melkite bishops lament secularization, add Latin-rite saints to liturgical calendar

(Friday, Jun. 26) The bishops of the Melkite Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, held their annual meeting in Lebanon from June 15 to 20. In his opening address,

Holy See, Palestine sign comprehensive agreement

(Friday, Jun. 26) The Holy See and Palestine have signed a comprehensive agreement on the life and activities of the Church in Palestine. The agreement, signed at the Apostolic Palace on June 26, takes the place

European bishops’ conferences to discuss pastoral care of migrants

(Friday, Jun. 26) Bishops and other representatives from Europe’s episcopal conferences will begin a four-day meeting on June 29 to discuss the pastoral care of migrants. “We cannot pretend that nothing is

Pope recalls collaboration with Armenian Catholic patriarch

(Friday, Jun. 26) Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence following the death of Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, the patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church. Recalling his “close collaboration” with the

Don’t hinder development of pollution standard, USCCB committee chair tells Congress

(Friday, Jun. 26) The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged Congress to “oppose legislation and appropriations riders

$25M given to retired religious from national collection

(Friday, Jun. 26) The National Religious Retirement Office has granted $25 million to 394 religious communities to help pay for medication, nursing care, and other expenses associated with the care of retired

Liturgical Calendar: Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, priest (in some dioceses)

(Friday, Jun. 26) St. Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 at Barbastro Spain. He was ordained in Saragossa in 1925 and by divine inspiration founded Opus Dei which opened a new way for the faithful to sanctify

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