What do tensions among Orthodox believers mean for modern Christianity?

Russia is protesting complete Church independence to the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine

In 2014, Russia prompted an international uproar when it annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, while also backing a separatist movement in Eastern Ukraine, part of a war that has claimed thousands of lives. But now there’s another kind of Ukrainian territory in dispute: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and this time, it’s Russia that’s protesting. On April 20 of this year, … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: “Holiness wears many faces”

Oct. 14 canonizations include a young layperson, two women religious, two priests, a bishop and a pope

Here in Rome, we are approaching the midpoint of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and we are preparing for a special moment in the Church’s life — the canonizations of seven men and women by Pope Francis on October 14.    Even as I write, they are preparing to hang the large tapestries bearing the images of our new saints on the facade of St. … [Read more...]

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Historic day for Byzantine Catholics in western U.S.

St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral celebrates 50 years in Phoenix

Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, the cathedral for the Phoenix-based Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, celebrated 50 years of serving the faithful with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Sept. 30. The liturgy, how Eastern Catholics refer to the Mass, marked the cathedral’s jubilee. “It’s a feast day to remember,” said the eparchy’s Bishop John S. Pazak, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Pray the rosary for Church’s protection against the Great Accuser

In Sept. 29 statement, Vatican says pope affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against Satan who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse.’ Only prayer can defeat him.”

Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of “spiritual turbulence.” A Sept. 29 statement from the Vatican said that Pope Francis had recently affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against the Great Accuser who ‘goes around the … [Read more...]

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Dangerously close to heresy

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput publishes wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris for upcoming Youth Synod, says it comes close to heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was “received from a respected North American theologian”. The article, which appears … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Angelo Scola: Communion for the remarried contradicts Church teaching

Former Archbishop of Milan and onetime favorite to succeed Benedict XVI defends Church’s traditional teaching that divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete continence”

Cardinal Angelo Scola, a prominent cardinal who in 2013 was the bookies’ favourite to become Pope, has re-entered the controversy over Communion for the remarried. In a new book-length interview, the former Archbishop of Milan defends the Church’s traditional teaching, namely that the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete … [Read more...]

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LA Archbishop Jose Gomez leads parade celebrating city’s 237th birthday

The archbishop celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles followed by a procession to La Placita Church and a fiesta in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, for whom the City is named

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Following the Mass, hundreds representing the city's multicultural communities joined the Archbishop to celebrate the 237th birthday of the City of Los Angeles with a procession to La Placita … [Read more...]

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‘Gosnell’ trailer gives first look at movie about convicted abortionist

Previews “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” due in movie theaters Oct. 12:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttwkr8MM9Rk The first trailer is out for a movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies. The trailer, released Wednesday by filmmaking couple Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, previews “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest … [Read more...]

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“Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others”

Pope Francis asks all Catholics to pray and fast in penance for the evil of clerical sex abuse

Pope Francis called Monday for every member of the Catholic Church to pray and fast in penance for the evil of clerical sex abuse, and to be involved in needed change within the Church. “The only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God,” Francis wrote Aug. 20. In a letter … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cordileone calls for acts of reparation

"Attending to policies and procedures is necessary, by itself it is really superficial"

My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, The recent reports of episcopal negligence and malfeasance in the face of clerical sexual abuse, coupled with some reports of bishops themselves guilty of sexual predation, have reopened old wounds and inflicted new ones on victims, their families, the Catholic faithful at large, and indeed, the larger society.  This has been … [Read more...]

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