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Alencherry will face trial over land deals, Indian court rules

Alencherry will face trial over land deals, Indian court rules

By JD Flynn, CNA

An Indian court has ruled that Cardinal George Alencherry will stand trial in a case related to controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.

The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court ruled Aug. 24 that Alencherry, along with the former financial officer of the archdiocese and a real estate agent will face charges that the cardinal sold archdiocesan land at undervalued prices, for a loss of $10 million.

A court in the Indian state of Kerala initially…

Pro-life group: Use gene editing to fix disease, not make designer babies

Pro-life group: Use gene editing to fix disease, not make designer babies

By CNA

As scientists explore new avenues for gene editing, a pro-life group is urging caution against the temptation to use the technology to create “designer babies.”

The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research branch of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, commented on the use of CRISPR, a gene editing tool, to alter the DNA of sperm cells at a lab in New York.

“Use of CRISPR to manipulate genes or remove them entirely from the human germline presents a…

Virginia governor accepts appointee’s resignation over anti-Catholic tweets

Virginia governor accepts appointee’s resignation over anti-Catholic tweets

By CNA

A Democratic Party activist with a history of anti-Catholic and other bigoted social media posts has resigned from Virginia Council of Women after her appointment prompted outcry from Catholics. 

Gail Gordon Donegan, a Democratic activist and self-described “gadfly” from Alexandria, was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to the Virginia Council on Women on August 16. The council serves as an advisory to the governor, awards scholarships, and develops programming. 

On Monday, Bishops Michael Burbidge of Arlington and…

While Fort Worth bishop says apparition is not real, alleged visionary blames demonic attack

While Fort Worth bishop says apparition is not real, alleged visionary blames demonic attack

By CNA

The Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, said Monday that alleged local appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary are not real apparitions, and that alleged evidence of the visions is fake. But supporters of the alleged apparitions say that Satan is trying to discredit their visions.
 
“It is my sad responsibility to inform you that last week the Diocese of Fort Worth received irrefutable evidence that these purported apparitions, messages, and miracles are, in fact, a…

First Chinese bishop consecrated after Vatican-China deal

First Chinese bishop consecrated after Vatican-China deal

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

A new bishop was consecrated Monday in Inner Mongolia, China, becoming the first bishop to be consecrated in the country after a deal on bishop appointments was made with the Vatican last year.

“I can confirm that H.E. Mgr. Antonio Yao Shun, who has been consecrated Bishop of Jining/Wulanchabu, Inner Mongolia (China), received the Papal Mandate, as was also stated by the Ordaining Bishop during the ceremony yesterday, 26th August 2019,” said Matteo Bruni, director of…

Mexican bishops call for justice following murder of priest

Mexican bishops call for justice following murder of priest

By CNA

The bishops of Mexico offered prayers and called for justice after the murder of Fr. José Martín Guzmán Vega, a priest in Matamoros, along the country’s northern border.

Fr. Guzmán Vega was stabbed to death the night of Aug. 22 at his parish, Cristo Rey de la Paz in Matamoros, a border city near Brownsville, Texas.

“We express our solidarity and offer an embrace of faith to his relatives, friends and the lay faithful of the beloved Diocese…

Lawsuit claims Knights of Columbus broke $100m ‘verbal contract’

Lawsuit claims Knights of Columbus broke $100m ‘verbal contract’

By JD Flynn, CNA

Jury selection began Monday in a lawsuit that accuses the Knights of Columbus of violating a verbal contract with a vendor who claims that the Catholic fraternal organization inflates its membership numbers, and has destroyed his business.

The lawsuit claims that the Knights of Columbus gave a software company, UKnight Interactive, a $100 million verbal contract to make it a designated web services vendor to KofC local and regional organizations.

UKnight alleges that its services would have…

Missionaries of Charity remember Mother Teresa’s birthday

Missionaries of Charity remember Mother Teresa’s birthday

By CNA

Hundreds of Missionaries of Charity gathered at their headquarters on Monday to commemorate the birthday of the order’s founder, Mother Teresa.

Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta, whose birthday falls on the same day, celebrated Mass on Aug. 26 to recognize what would be the 109th birthday of Saint Mother Teresa.

“It was a splendid celebration. The 109th anniversary of the birth of our beloved Saint Mother Teresa was a moment of thanksgiving through prayer and joy,” said Father…

Exorcists to Jesuit head: Satan is real

Exorcists to Jesuit head: Satan is real

By CNA

An international organization of Catholic exorcists said Thursday that the existence of Satan as a real and personal being is a truth of Christin doctrine.

“The real existence of the devil, as a personal subject who thinks and acts and has made the choice of rebellion against God, is a truth of faith that has always been part of Christian doctrine,” the International Association of Exorcists said in an Aug. 22 press release.

The organization’s release came in response…

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