Stories for December 2016

Released Friday, Dec. 2

US bishops’ conference grants nearly $4M to assist Church in Latin America, Caribbean

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America recently granted over $3.8 million to 204 projects to assist the work of the Church in Latin...

Illinois bed & breakfast fined $81K for declining to host same-sex ceremony

The owners of Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, have been fined over $81,000 for declining to host a homosexual civil union ceremony in 2011. The Illinois Human Rights...

Caritas: mixed review of UN climate conference

Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s federation of relief and development agencies, said that the recent COP22 UN climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, sent a “positive yet weak...

Attack on Christians in Egyptian village

A group of Muslims in an Egyptian village, fearing that a community center would become a church, burned down the center, looted businesses owned by Coptic Christians, and attacked 15 Christian...

Ecumenical Patriarch points to areas of agreement with Pope

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, emphasized the many areas of agreement between Pope Francis and himself in response to the...

2 million pilgrims expected in Spanish town for jubilee year

More than two million pilgrims are expected to travel to Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain, in 2017 for a jubilee year. Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Pope’s vicar for Rome, will open the holy...

Oklahoma priest recognized as first US martyr

In a December 1 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees that advance a dozen sainthood causes. Among them was a...

Papal thanks for Piarists’ work in educating the poor

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Piarist Fathers, who are celebrating the 400th anniversary of their founding, thanking them for their dedication to providing free education for poor...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch to dedicate new cathedral in Paris

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow will dedicate a new cathedral in Paris this weekend. The cathedral of the Holy Trinity, located near the Seine just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower,...

Uruguay’s president meet with Pontiff

Pope Francis met on December 2 with President Tabaré Ramon Vazquez Rosas of Uruguay. A brief Vatican statement released after the meeting said that the conversation had centered on the...

Indonesia: 200,000 Muslims demand arrest of Christian governor for blasphemy

An estimated 200,000 Muslims participated in a massive demonstration in Jakarta on December 2, calling for the immediate arrest of a Christian governor who has been charged with blasphemy against...

Franciscan religious killed in Congo

A Franciscan woman religious was killed on Novembe 29 in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sister Clara Agano Kahambu, who taught at the Christ the King School, was assaulted by a man...

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