- October 17, 2016
All three new American cardinals set to be elevated by Pope Francis on Nov. 19 bring strong backgrounds in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, but in reality there's little remarkable about that, since the pope could have thrown darts at a dartboard in the US and come up with much the same thing.
One day after their final debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be together again at tonight's Al Smith Dinner. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has occasionally come under fire for hosting pro-choice candidates at the event, but says he prefers to keep lines of conversation open.
Cardinals are by definition a big deal, but it's by no means automatic that all will one day be hailed as saints. In the pope's latest crop of new cardinals, however, one already is -- Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, hailed as one of the "three saints of Bangui" for his peacemaking efforts.
Facing one of the most acrimonious and distressing election cycles in a long time, the Knights of Columbus have released a novena addressed to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who is the patroness of the United States. It consists of nine days of prayer, starting Oct. 30 and running through Nov. 7, the eve of the election.
For the estimated 40,000 Iraqi Christians currently living in Turkey as refugees, having fled the IS-fueled violence in their country officially recognized by the U.S. State Department as “genocide,” being resettled somewhere else is neither easy nor quick.
Coming face to face with the poor may pose a challenge and tempt people to turn the other way and give in to “the habit of fleeing from needy people and not approach them, or disguise a bit the reality of the needy,” the pope said Oct. 19 during his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
A Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.M., Richard Rohr believes that people in the early 21st century are primed to rediscover the idea of God as a Trinity, meaning relational, open and endlessly creative.
An Orange County woman coping with a terminal illness tells a new documentary that her medical insurance company denied her critical chemotherapy treatments her doctors had recommended, but would cover life-ending drugs under California’s new assisted suicide law for just $1.20.
Jesuit Father Rick Malloy says that staging a Mass in Yellowstone National Park is a bit like preaching to the entire world, because, given the wide range of people the site attracts, “You have no idea who will be here each Sunday.”
A remarkable seminar in Mumbai, India on Monday brought together Hindu, Muslim and Christian scholars and clergy, all under the aegis of an event cosponsored by an Indian cultural center and the Argentine government, to ponder Pope Francis’s eco-encyclical Laudato Si’.
Actress and comedy writer behind a TV show that tries to showcase a family of faith in a highly diverse secular society says that if you’re going to evangelize through the entertainment business, it has to be done “subtly” and “creatively.”
To read the Italian press, one would think Thursday marks the definitive end of an era for Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of popes for the last four centuries, now being opened to the public as a museum. In Catholicism, however, the past is not only not dead, it’s not even past.READ MORE
In different ways all of the 13 new cardinal-electors to be elevated Nov. 19 are Pope Francis-style pastors, but Archbishop Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Venezuela also comes with a bit of political subtext, since he’s seen as a leading critic of Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.READ MORE
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.READ MORE
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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said that on Sunday the Church in India was already planning to observe a special Day of Prayer for the nation and provide medical services for those dozens injured in the aftermath of a stampede in which 24 people died.READ MORE
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says what he took away from the Vatican’s “baby bishops school” is a stronger sense of his ordination not just for L.A., but for the whole Church, and a new appreciation for the staggering variety of challenges the Church faces around the world.READ MORE