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London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

LONDON, England, Mar 26, 2015–A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity. The London Oratory School came under review by the Office of the Schools [...]

SALT LAKE CITY, Mar 26, 2015–By reinstating the use of a firing squad as a method of execution in Utah, “it seems as if our government leaders have substituted state legislation for the law of God,” said the state’s Catholic bishop. “They argue that, because executions are lawful, they are then moral. This is not [...]

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LIMA, Peru, Mar 26, 2015–More than half a million Peruvians participated in the historic March for Life 2015, held March 21 in Lima, rejecting abortion and speaking out in defense of life from conception to natural death. In Peru, the right to life from conception is protected by the Constitution of Peru, the Civil Code, [...]

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NOTTINGHAM, England, Mar 25, 2015–In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch. “This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying [...]

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MANCHESTER, England, Mar 25, 2015–Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster urged priests to end debating the upcoming synod on the family in the press after more than 450 priests published a letter calling on the Catholic Church to retain the prohibition on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving holy Communion. “Every priest in England and Wales has [...]

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Congolese bishop condemns priest’s murder as an ‘infernal act’

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mar 21, 2015–A bishop from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned last month’s murder of one of his priests in the strongest possible terms. Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in a letter to the country’s apostolic nuncio, a copy of which was obtained by international Catholic [...]

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ANAHEIM, Calif., Mar 20, 2015–Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez advised young Catholics to do three things: talk to Jesus, read the Gospels, and do deeds of love and mercy every day. “The work of Jesus’ words continues through you and though me,” the archbishop said in a March 12 homily. “So in the same [...]

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WASHINGTON, Mar 19, 2015–Catholic advocates are pressing Congress to make the needs of poor and vulnerable people a priority as legislators hammer out a federal spending plan for 2016. The advocates told Catholic News Service they want to prevent trillions of dollars in social services spending from disappearing over the next decade as Congress seeks to balance [...]

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For Archbishop Chaput, religious liberty means more than you may think

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Mar 18, 2015–Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love. Religious liberty, he said, “means much more than the freedom to believe whatever you like [...]

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ADELAIDE, Australia, Mar 18, 2015–An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in the 1970s. Last year, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide was notified by police that he had been accused of ignoring a sexual abuse case in 1976. “The suggestion appears to be [...]

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NEW , N.Y., Mar 17, 2015–In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day marks opportunity to not only celebrate the heroic saint but also the achievements of the large wave of Irish immigrants who helped shape the nation’s history and culture. In an article for the Wall Street Journal, William McGurn said that in the midst [...]

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Malawian bishops visit flooded areas, showing solidarity and delivering aid

BLANTYRE, Mar 13, 2015–Malawi’s bishops are making solidarity visits to areas in the country’s southern and central regions to deliver aid items collected for those affected by devastating floods in January which displaced more than 230,000 from their homes. “We commend the oneness and unity in joy and tribulation which the Catholic Church in Malawi [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Mar 12, 2015–With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them. “Our first and most cherished freedom, religious liberty, is to be enjoyed by all Americans, including child welfare providers who serve the needs of children – [...]

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ROME,  Italy, Mar 11, 2015–The bishop who preached the final Lenten spiritual exercises for St. John Paul II has been chosen to prepare meditations for the Way of the Cross to be celebrated on Good Friday at the Colosseum before Pope Francis. Bishop Renato Corti, 79, is Bishop Emeritus of Novara; he told Vatican Radio [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, Mar 11, 2015–Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference invited people to pray for “those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere.” In a statement, the bishops’ Administrative Committee also called on people to work to protect those who are marginalized and persecuted. The committee urged Catholics to [...]

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From Poland to Papua New Guinea, a great task awaits the new Bishop of Wewak

WEWAK, Papua New Guinea, Mar 10, 2015–Next month, a Polish missionary to Papua New Guinea will continue his 23-year ministry to the Melanesian nation with the added responsibility of serving as Bishop of Wewak, on the country’s northern coast. On Feb. 6, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Jozef Roszynski, S.V.D., as Bishop of Wewak; his episcopal [...]

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