• Clash heats up between Italy’s populist government, the Church

    ROME - Italy’s governing populist coalition and the Catholic Church have seen tensions rise this summer as the question of immigration remains a dividing factor on the peninsula. The Italian Church has pulled out the big guns against the Minister of the Interior and head of the right-wing... Read more
  • Albany Bishop: Clerical Sex Abuse Is a ‘Profoundly Spiritual Crisis’

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany wrote to the clerics of his local Church Sunday, saying that abuse of authority and sexual abuse by clerics is, more than a crisis of policies and procedures, a spiritual crisis. His comments come amid a scandal centered on... Read more
  • What is it actually like to be ordained a priest?

    To Birmingham, to be ordained priest. The car journey north from my home in the suburbs of Oxford starts out by taking me past Newman Road in Littlemore. I reflect, not for the first time, on certain parallels between my life and that of the great Victorian cardinal. Like him, I was raised in... Read more
  • Three children euthanized in Belgium

    Three minors have been euthanized in Belgium since euthanasia for children was legalised in 2014. According to the latest report from the government agency (PDF in French) which tracks euthanasia deaths, the children were 9, 11 and 17 years old. Two died in 2016 and 1 last year. Under the... Read more
  • Pence announces Genocide Recovery Program for Iraqi minorities

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vice President Mike Pence announced the establishment of the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program on Thursday “to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Iraq.” Speaking July 26, at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance... Read more
  • Oklahoma celebrates the first feast day of Blessed Stanley Rother

    [caption id="attachment_74527" align="alignnone" width="640"] Credit: Fr. David Monahan, courtesy of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Archives[/caption] Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 27, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- On Saturday, parishes across Oklahoma will celebrate the first feast day of the first U.S.... Read more
  • Friday Funny: Man Struck Dead For Bearing False Witness After Clicking ‘I Have Read And Accept These Terms And Conditions’

    BOSTON, MA—Local man Justin Fuller immediately fell dead after clicking “I have read and accept these terms and conditions” when installing a new piece of software Friday morning. The Lord and Sovereign Judge, from which nothing is hidden, could tell Fuller had not even glanced at the... Read more
  • This Dying Mother’s Incredible Words May Change Your Life

    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=91&v=eYJKLhTrnlU[/embed] Anna Corry was a 51-year-old wife and mother. She was married to Martin. The couple had three boys: Michael (17 years old), Dominic (14) and Andrew (11). The family’s life was happily normal. Then, in March 2017,... Read more
  • The saint who rode into battle armed only with a crucifix

    In  1959 John XXIII bestowed the title of Doctor Apostolicus on the Franciscan friar St Lawrence of Brindisi (d 1619). He was a gifted linguist and theologian who produced many works on a wide variety of topics. He was a diplomat, apologist, scholar and general of his Capuchin order. The... Read more
  • Mortal or Not, Sin Always Causes Harm

    For several generations, the Church has used a kind of shorthand in referring to mortal sin, for example, “X is a mortal sin.” The problem is that this general statement is an oversimplification. In order for the individual committing a particular act to be guilty of a mortal sin, three... Read more