Churches welcome European Pillar of Social Rights

The Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the EU (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) issued the following statement today: COMECE and CEC welcome the inter-institutional proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights to be signed today at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth that is taking place in Goth...

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USA: Canonisation Cause opened for Lakota Chief Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk, daughter Lucy, wife Anna Brings White, 1910. Wiki - Raymond DeMallie

The US Bishops approved the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist, Nicholas Black Elk, at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore yesterday. The vote was sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota. Nicholas W Black Elk, Sr, was born into the Oglala Lakota Tribe in 1863 in Wyoming. The fourth gene...

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Study reveals disparity in online financial transparency of US Catholic dioceses

A recently completed study reveals a wide disparity in online financial transparency for US Roman Catholic dioceses. The study was conducted by the Finance Working Group of Voice of the Faithful, a movement of Catholics concerned, among other things, with helping to ensure that the hierarchy uses the Church's financial resources accountably and transparently.

The working group's review of...

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Pope auctions Lamborghini to support Christians in Iraq

The Lamborghini Huracan

A brand-new, special edition Lamborghini Huracan sports car presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. Part of the funds raised from the Sotheby's auction will go to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need to help with its work rebuilding Christian settlements on the Nineveh Plains destroyed by Daesh (ISIS).

The project helps displac...

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Vatican prepares for first World Day of the Poor

A mobile clinic arrived in front of St Peter's Square on Monday. Offering specialist medical services to the poor and needy, it is one of initiatives leading up to this Sunday's first World Day of the Poor, called for by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation on Tuesday announced a number of special events that are taking...

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Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican City

Pope Francis is putting a stop to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco inside Vatican City State. A statement released on Thursday by Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explained that the Holy See "cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people." Citing the World World Health Organization statistics that smoking causes more than seve...

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US bishops call for 'true debate' on gun violence

Houston Gun Show - Wiki image

In the aftermath of the recent shootings in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has urged national leaders to engage in a true debate about solutions to gun violence.

The full statement follows:...

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Viewpoint from Philippines: We need a war on sex crime

Fr Shay Cullen

We need to declare a war on child sex crime to save thousands of children who are victims of rape and commercial sexual exploitation. A hundred thousand minors are estimated to be trafficked every year into the sex dens of iniquity in the Philippines. There they are raped and abused and addicted to drugs. The drugs makes them weak, docile and submissive and that's what the sex abusers wants and...

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Lesvos Reflection: Into the night sea, waiting for refugees to arrive

As a Christian Peacemaker Team member (CPTer) on Lesvos, I worked on the Night Watch, monitoring vessels in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, and awaiting refugees to arrive on Greek shore in the night. While the other Night Watch volunteers are just as intimately focused on the care, rights, and well-being of the refugees crossing as I am, it was hardly ever talked about on an individu...

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Pope meets Egypt's Muslim leader Ahmed al-Tayeb

Pope Francis met on Tuesday with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Muhammad al-Tayeb who is in Rome to attend a conference organised by the St Egidio community. No details of the private encounter were released, but the meeting marked the second trip to the Vatican in two years by Egypt's top Muslim leader. His first meeting with the pope in May 2016 marked an important step f...

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South Sudan: Irish Missionary, Sr Orla Treacy receives major humanitarian award

Sr Orla  with Jerry O'Grady at O'Flaherty Memorial, Killarney

"We are never without hope" was the message of Loreto missionary, Sr Orla Treacy, as she received the 2017 Hugh O'Flaherty International Humanitarian Award in Killarney at the weekend. "It is very humbling to accept this award and I accept it on behalf of our sisters, staff and students at Loreto School in Rumbek, South Sudan" she told a large and appreciative audience some of whom had travelle...

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Australia: Joint Catholic Statement on Manus Island crisis

A week after the official closure of the Manus Island detention centre, more than 600 refugees and people seeking asylum languish inside, unsafe and uncertain about their futures. After forcibly transferring the men to Manus Island in 2013-2014, the Australian government and its sub-contractors have now abandoned the centre and the island, leaving vulnerable people seeking asylum wit...

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US Cardinal statement on latest 'horrific' mass shooting

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in response to today's mass shooting during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Cardinal DiNardo's full statement follows:

"Earlier today, we heard of the mass shooting at the Baptist Church in Sutherland Sprin...

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