Stories for week of December 04, 2016

Released Monday, Dec. 5

Promote economic inclusion and dignity of human person, Pope tells business leaders

Pope Francis met with international business leaders taking part in a Fortune-Time Global Forum and called upon them to place the economy at the service of the human person and seeks ways to include...

Pope Francis: convert, for God’s kingdom is in our midst

In his Angelus address for the Second Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis called upon the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square to convert. Reflecting on St. John the Baptist’s call to...

USCCB: December 12 to be day of prayer for immigrant families

Dioceses in the United States will mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) as a day of prayer and solidarity with families of immigrants. “So many families are wondering how...

FBI: 59 anti-Catholic hate crimes in 2015

A total of 69 people were victims of 59 hate-crime offenses motivated by anti-Catholic bias in the US in 2015, according to a report recently issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The...

US Jesuit discusses influence on Silence

Father James Martin, SJ, the editor of America magazine, has discussed his role as consultant to Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, which portrays the work of Jesuit missionaries in Japan under...

Talmud scholar, Weigel meet with Pope

Pope Francis received Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and George Weigel in separate private audiences on December 5. Steinsaltz is a leading scholar of the Talmud; Weigel, who wrote Witness to Hope, the...

Ecumenical Patriarch praises Amoris Laetitia in Vatican newspaper column

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has voiced his admiration for Amoris Laetitia, in a column published in the Vatican newspaper, L‘Osservatore Romano. The Orthodox leader...

Syrian Orthodox prelates denied visas to visit London

Two Syrian Orthodox prelates were denied permission to enter the United Kingdom to participate in the dedication of a new cathedral. Archbishops Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf and Timothy Mosa Alshamany...

Released Tuesday, Dec. 6

Cardinal Dolan welcomes papal statement on abortion and confession

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has welcomed Pope Francis’s statement in the apostolic letter Misericordia et Misera that “I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the...

EU court rules against Romanian Catholic parish that sought return of its property

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against a Romanian Greek Catholic parish that sought the return of its property from the Romanian Orthodox Church. In 1948, Romania’s Communist...

South Sudanese bishop warns of potential massacre

The bishop of Yei, South Sudan’s second-largest city, told the Fides news agency that people there are at risk of being massacred by the president’s forces in the nation’s ethnic...

John Kerry meets with Pope

Pope Francis received US Secretary of State John Kerry in a December 2 private audience. While the Holy See Press Office did not disclose the topics of their conversation, Kerry tweeted,...

Asian bishops discuss family life, consecrate families to the Holy Family

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a seven-day meeting devoted to “The Asian Catholic Family: Domestic Church of the Poor on a Mission of...

Cemetery desecrated in Galilee

A Christian cemetery has been desecrated in Kafr Yasif, an Arab town of 10,000 in northern Israel whose residents are mostly Christians and Muslims. “Blasphemous and obscene graffiti,...

Promote ‘ethic of responsibility’ to replace nuclear deterrence: Vatican envoy

“The logic of fear and mistrust that is epitomized by nuclear deterrence must be replaced with a new global ethic,” a Vatican representative said in an address to the International...

Sheen beatification cause delayed again as New York archdiocese appeals decision to transfer remains

A New York judge has granted the New York archdiocese a temporary stay of a court order calling for the transfer of the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen from New York to Peoria, Illinois. The...

Vatican hosting its first Rembrandt exhibition

The Vatican has opened an exhibition of works by Rembrandt van Rijn: the first exhibit of the Dutch artist ever shown at the Vatican Museums. Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican...

Bishops work to bolster fragile peace in Democratic Republic of Congo

The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are acting as mediators to ward off a national crisis created by President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to relinquish his...

Released Wednesday, Dec. 7

Cardinal Koch: it is better to commemorate the Reformation than to celebrate it

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity told a French Catholic newspaper that it is better to “commemorate” the 500th anniversary of the Protestant...

Swiss bishops ask pardon for sexual abuse

Switzerland’s bishops gathered at Valère Basilica in Sion on December 5 and asked God for forgiveness for sexual abuse within the Church. “At the express request of Pope...

Bishop helped broker ransom of 226 hostages from ISIS

In February 2015, the Islamic State attacked Christian villages in northern Syria, seizing over 200 hostages. The Associated Press has published a report on how Syrian Christians around the world...

Jewish leader decries genocide of Christians in Middle East

At a December 5 interfaith forum in New York, the president of the World Jewish Congress pleaded for concerted action to stop the genocide of Christians. “Today we are witnessing the...

Uganda entrusts Caritas with care of 42,000 refugees

In five months, a Ugandan grassland has been transformed into the world’s 2nd-largest refugee camp, according to Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and...

Pope calls on Christian artists to create beautiful works as a ‘spark of hope’

In a December 6 message to the 11 pontifical academies on the occasion of a joint meeting, Pope Francis spoke about beauty in the midst of cities. Reflecting on the meeting’s...

Pope begins series of audiences on Christian hope

Having concluded his series of Wednesday general audiences on mercy, Pope Francis has turned to the topic of Christian hope. “Today we begin a new series of catecheses dealing with...

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