Reno Bishop Calvo gives Dominican nuns hope on women deacons

"Where is the Holy Spirit calling us?"

  The following comes from an Apr. 17 story in the Catholic Voice, diocesan paper for Oakland. Almost a year ago, in answering questions asked of him by the International Union of Religious Superiors, Pope Francis said, "I accept. It would be useful for the Church to clarify this question. I agree," when asked if he would establish an official commission to study … [Read more...]

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Sacramento diocese announces Fatima pilgrimage sites

Plenary indulgence available for those who make pilgrimage to Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights or St. Joseph Church in Redding

Memo from Bishop Myron J. Cotta, auxiliary bishop of Sacramento: As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the First Apparition of Fatima on May 13, please be reminded of the opportunity to visit the designated pilgrimage site located at Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights. In addition to the Retreat Center, I am pleased to announce that St. Joseph Church in Redding … [Read more...]

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America Magazine editor appointed to handle Pope’s twitter, Vatican radio, website and tv

Father James Martin, S.J. has personally expressed views that contradict Church teaching on his own Twitter account

Father James Martin, America Magazine‘s editor-at-large, has been appointed by Pope Francis as a consultant to the Vatican’s department for communications — a job that includes manning the Vatican radio, website, tv, and popular papal twitter handle. [CCD editor's note: as this is not a full-time position, Fr. Martin has said he will be staying in New York with America … [Read more...]

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What did Pope Francis mean by that?

Rules of thumb for processing the latest papal bombshell

Time and again over the last four years, Francis has uttered an arresting phrase - in a press conference, in a media interview, in a Q&A session, during his morning homily - which has been launched out of a media canon, firing both imagination and controversy. We got another entry on Wednesday in a new interview with a German newspaper, in which Francis denies seeing … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Pope should answer the Dubia

Philadelphia archbishop cautions that one pope’s instruction cannot contradict that of another

Philadelphia’s archbishop wants Pope Francis to answer the dubia submitted to him months ago for clarification on whether his apostolic exhortation on marriage is intended to circumvent Church teaching. Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. cautioned that Amoris Laetitia has to be interpreted primarily through the teaching of Christ, which cannot be contradicted, and that one … [Read more...]

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Immigration, the death penalty and the environment

More than 40,000 expected at 2017 Religious Education Congress, which begins today in Anaheim

More than 40,000 people of faith from around the world will attend the 2017 Religious Education Congress (RECongress) – the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics – this weekend (February 23-26) at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 Katella Ave, Anaheim, 92802). “I’m excited for this year’s Congress. It’s always a great time for fellowship and prayer,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends message to Modesto meeting

Pontiff tells hundreds gathered for World Meeting of Popular Movements that global crisis is driven by the “invisible tyranny of money”

The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ message to community leaders taking part in a regional meeting of popular movements in Modesto, California. The February 16 - 18 encounter has been organized with the support of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the U.S. Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the National Network of … [Read more...]

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