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Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician from Pakistan who was killed in 2011, is a witness of how to act with love in the face of hatred, Pope Francis said Friday.

Speaking to a Pakistani association named for Bhatti, the pope said Nov 30, “may your hallmark always be the one that shines in the testimony of Shahbaz Bhatti and of many other martyrs of our time, namely, humble and courageous faith in…

Cardinal Müller: Spiritual renewal is the Church’s foremost need

Cardinal Müller: Spiritual renewal is the Church’s foremost need

CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in a recent interview that the problem of clerical sex abuse must be countered primarily by spiritual renewal, prayer, and penance.

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a Nov. 28 interview with Vatican Insider that “We need spiritual renewal, prayer and penance, drawing on the grace of the sacraments, reading and meditating on the Bible, entering into the spirit of Jesus Christ. We must be priests according to…

Santa Fe archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

Santa Fe archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

By CNA

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Thursday it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

At a press conference Nov. 29, Archbishop John Wester said that filing for bankruptcy is an equitable way to meet its responsibility to sexual abuse victims.

Wester said there are between 35-40 active claims against the archdiocese, which is comprised of more than 300,000 Catholics in northwestern New Mexico.

The announcement came the day after New Mexico’s attorney general executed a search warrant…

Doctrine remains problem in relations, SSPX affirms after Vatican meeting

Doctrine remains problem in relations, SSPX affirms after Vatican meeting

By CNA/EWTN News

After a meeting between the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X and the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the canonically irregular priestly society said the problem in its relations with the Holy See is fundamentally doctrinal.

Fr. Davide Pagliarani, superior general of the SSPX, met for two hours Nov. 22 with Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the CDF prefect, at the Vatican.

Cardinal Ladaria was accompanied by Archbishop Guido…

US Congress passes bill to relieve Christians, Yazidis in Iraq and Syria

US Congress passes bill to relieve Christians, Yazidis in Iraq and Syria

By Christine Rousselle, CNA/EWTN News

The US House of Representatives passed Tuesday H.R. 390, a bill titled “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act,” which seeks to assist with the rebuilding of the Christian and Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.

Having also passed the Senate, the bill now will go to President Donald Trump, who has indicated he is willing to sign it.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and was cosponsored by a bipartisan…

Vatican approves second miracle for Blessed John Henry Newman

Vatican approves second miracle for Blessed John Henry Newman

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

A second miracle attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman has reportedly been approved by the Vatican, fueling expectation that his canonization could occur as early as next year.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom wrote in email newsletter to his diocese last week that he had received a copy of the relatio, or official report, about the second miracle needed for Newman’s canonization.

“It looks now as if Newman might be canonised, all being well,…

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

By Ed Condon, CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis.

The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14.

The instruction to delay consideration of a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation…

Capuchin priest arrested in Washington DC

Capuchin priest arrested in Washington DC

By Catholic News Agency

A Capuchin priest was arrested in Washington D.C. Nov. 7 after he was accused of sexually abusing a teenager in 2015. Fr. Urbano Vazquez, OFM Cap., had served as parochial vicar of Shrine of the Sacred Heart in northwest Washington since 2014. He has been charged with second-degree child sexual abuse.

The charges concern a claim that Vazquez had put his hand down the shirt of a 13-year-old girl on two occasions and had touched her…

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

By CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.

On Nov. 8 Enrico Ferrannini was appointed substitute promoter of justice for the Vatican Court of Appeal, and Maria Fratangelo was named defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

Fratangelo is likely the first woman to hold the position of defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

The promoter of justice of the Court of Appeal is Raffaele Coppola,…

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