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Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph

By Catholic News Service | December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In a Dec. 8 apostolic letter, “Patris Corde” (“With a father’s heart”), the pope said Christians can discover in … Read More about Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph

Pope Francis calls Biden to congratulate him on winning presidential election

By Catholic News Service | November 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

WILMINGTON, Del. (CNS) — Pope Francis called President-elect Joe Biden early Nov. 12 to congratulate him on winning the U.S. presidential election. “The president-elect thanked His Holiness for extending blessings and congratulations and noted his appreciation for His Holiness’s leadership in promoting peace, reconciliation and the common bonds of humanity … Read More about Pope Francis calls Biden to congratulate him on winning presidential election

McCarrick report summary cites lack of serious investigation of rumours

By Catholic News Service | November 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Although dogged for years by rumours of sexual impropriety, Theodore McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and a lack of Church officials reporting and investigating accusations, according to the Vatican summary of its report … Read More about McCarrick report summary cites lack of serious investigation of rumours

Sixty years after JFK, US to get second Catholic president

By Catholic News Service | November 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Thirty-three men between George Washington and John F. Kennedy served as U.S. president. Until Kennedy, all were white Anglo-Saxon Protestant men. It took 172 years for a Catholic to win the presidency. The wait for the next Catholic president has been … Read More about Sixty years after JFK, US to get second Catholic president

Transcript shows Pope’s distinctions between same-sex marriage, civil unions

By Catholic News Service | October 27, 2020 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – When Pope Francis said gay people have a right to be in a family and that gay couples needed some form of civil law to protect their rights, he was not saying that gay couples should have a right to adopt children. In his documentary “Francesco”, … Read More about Transcript shows Pope’s distinctions between same-sex marriage, civil unions

Bishops: Pope remarks on civil unions won’t change Church teaching on marriage

By Catholic News Service | October 23, 2020 | 1 Comment

CLEVELAND (CNS) – Pope Francis’ expression of openness to the idea of laws recognising civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights does not change Church teaching on marriage as being between one woman and one man, said several US bishops and dioceses. “His comments in no way … Read More about Bishops: Pope remarks on civil unions won’t change Church teaching on marriage