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Caritas India offers assistance to victims of monsoon floods in Kerala

Caritas India offers assistance to victims of monsoon floods in Kerala

By CNA/EWTN News

After at least 73 people were killed in floods caused by monsoon rains in India's Kerala state, Caritas India and local Catholic groups are assisting victims of the torrent with relief materials.

More than 85,000 people in the southern Indian state have been displaced by the flooding since Aug. 9, which has also caused landslides.

“The Catholic Church is already out in the field through … Caritas India,” read an Aug. 15 statement from the Indian bishops'…

Colorado baker back in court for declining gender transition cake

Colorado baker back in court for declining gender transition cake

By CNA/EWTN News

Less than three months after winning a Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is finding himself at the center of yet another cake and faith-based battle.

A new complaint was recently filed against Phillips with the Colorado Civil Rights Division after an attorney approached him and asked him to make a cake celebrating the anniversary of a gender transition. The attorney requested that the cake be pink on the…

Cardinal Burke: We face a grave crisis, touching the heart of the Church

Cardinal Burke: We face a grave crisis, touching the heart of the Church

By CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Raymond Burke said Thursday that the Catholic Church is facing “a very grave crisis” due to the “grievous failure” on the part of certain bishops and that “a serious loss of confidence in our shepherds” needs to be restored after sexual abuse scandals in the United States.

“We are in the face of a very grave crisis, which is touching at the very heart of the Church because Our Lord acts on behalf of the flock…

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

By CNA/EWTN News

The Holy See on Thursday denounced sexual abuse and called for accountability for both perpetrators and leaders who covered up their crimes, following the release of a report detailing alleged clerical abuse in Pennsylvania.

“The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible,” said the statement, released Aug. 16.

“Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there…

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

Following the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton released separate statements acknowledging failures to protect children, and pledging to make amends.

 
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg said in a statement that he was “saddened” by the report, “for once again we read that innocent children were the victims of horrific acts committed…

The history of the Assumption and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

The history of the Assumption and why it’s a Holy Day of Obligation

By Adelaide Mena, CNA/EWTN News

Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

“As her earthly life comes to an end, the Assumption helps us to understand more fully not just her…

Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on ‘sabbatical’

Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on ‘sabbatical’

By CNA

Cardinal Séan O’Malley has announced a major investigation into St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, following allegations made by two former seminarians. The cardinal also announced that the rector of the seminary, Monsignor James Moroney, had been placed on immediate leave to allow for a “fully independent inquiry.”

The announcement was made by Cardinal O’Malley on Friday afternoon, August 10.

In a prepared statement, the cardinal said that he had learned of the allegations earlier that week, after…

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis held a meeting on the abuse scandal in Chile and will continue to follow the actions of the country’s bishops’ conference in response to the crisis, the Vatican press office said Friday.

According to press office vice director, Paloma Garcia, Francis is following “with interest” the response of the Chilean bishops and “has expressed his desire to continue to clarify all the questions in order to give a just answer to everyone.”

The…

Canadian bishops: Keep palliative care distinct from assisted suicide

Canadian bishops: Keep palliative care distinct from assisted suicide

By CNA/EWTN News

In the age of legal assisted suicide and euthanasia, palliative care must remain as a distinct form of care that attends to the needs and dignity of the whole person at the natural end of their life, the Catholic bishops of Canada have said.

The bishops gave their recommendations in a submission for a national public consultation, in response to the passing of a new bill on the development of palliative care in the country.

The bishops’ document…

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