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Delay urged in US bishops’ discussion of eucharistic worthiness

By Catholic News Service | May 31, 2021 | 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, DC (CNS) – After receiving an unprecedented letter from 67 bishops appealing for a delay in a discussion during the US bishops’ upcoming spring general assembly on whether to prepare a teaching document on the reception of Communion, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president explained in a memo … Read More about Delay urged in US bishops’ discussion of eucharistic worthiness

Southern Madagascar drought leads to starvation; pandemic complicates aid

By Catholic News Service | May 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) – About 14,000 people in drought-ravaged southern Madagascar face starvation after exhausting all their options to cope, relief organisation representatives said. The utter silence of a room filled with young children “overwhelmed me”, said Arduino Mangoni, deputy country director of the UN’s World Food Program. … Read More about Southern Madagascar drought leads to starvation; pandemic complicates aid

Salvation of souls motivates US bishop concerning abortion and Communion

By Michael Otto | May 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (CNS) – It’s “a fair question,” said Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, to ask whether US bishops “are cherry-picking” from among several evils confronting society by “focusing on abortion” in relation to whether Catholic politicians who support it should receive Communion. “Why aren’t we seeking eucharistic sanctions … Read More about Salvation of souls motivates US bishop concerning abortion and Communion

Catholic Relief Services official in Gaza: ‘I know these people. They are not numbers’

By Catholic News Service | May 21, 2021 | 1 Comment

With pressure for a cease-fire increasing, 11 days of Israeli airstrikes in Gaza are taking a toll both mentally and physically on the Gaza population, said Bassam Nasser, head of the Gaza office for Catholic Relief Services. The father of four teenagers, he said he was thankful his family has … Read More about Catholic Relief Services official in Gaza: ‘I know these people. They are not numbers’

NZ bishops to discuss catechist ministry announced by Pope

By Michael Otto | May 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand will discuss at their October meeting the new lay ministry of catechist announced this month by Pope Francis. Secretary of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe, said the bishops have received many questions about the formation of the new lay … Read More about NZ bishops to discuss catechist ministry announced by Pope

Revised canon law on crimes, penalties almost ready for publication

By Catholic News Service | May 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The revised section of the Code of Canon Law dealing with crimes and penalties, including those related to clerical sexual abuse, should be ready for publication before the end of summer, said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, who … Read More about Revised canon law on crimes, penalties almost ready for publication