Various Catholic News

Japanese archbishop urges US to witness the Gospel of peace

Natl Catholic Reporter - 3 hours 44 min ago
Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, said, "I have the impression that most Americans believe that arms are necessary to protect oneself, one's families and the nation. The history, however, demonstrates how arms brought about tragedies. I want the Americans to work for peace without the possession and use of weapons."

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Dare to accept God's salvation

Natl Catholic Reporter - 3 hours 44 min ago
Scripture for Life: It takes faith to put our whole heart into praying, "Lord, let us see your kindness." It takes audacious trust to let go of our expectations and dare to accept the salvation God offers.

Timothy Schmalz's sculptures are 'only as shocking as the Gospels'

Natl Catholic Reporter - 3 hours 44 min ago
The creator of "Homeless Jesus," 50-year-old Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, says he aims for his work to disturb the comfortable and maybe provide a little comfort to the marginalized people he depicts in his work.

A Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor's plea for an end to nuclear weapons

Natl Catholic Reporter - 3 hours 44 min ago
Commentary: On the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan, NCR shares an address given during a Vatican conference Nov. 10, 2017, from Wada Masako, a survivor of Nagasaki's bombing on Aug. 9, 1945. The first atomic bombing was of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

Australian Church urges commitment to mental health under Covid-19

Vatican News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Ahead of Social Justice Sunday, August 30, Australia’s Catholic bishops have released a statement urging all to make mental health a priority.

The Health-First Heresy

Catholic World Report - 7 hours 18 min ago
“Of all the sad and surreal things to happen in the past few months,” writes Mary Wakefield in The Spectator, “the Catholic church’s decision to abandon the dying was, for me, the worst.” Wakefield goes [...]

Aug. 8 Memorial of St. Dominic, priest, Memorial

At the end of the twelfth century the Church in France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy, a doctrine which was not only entirely unchristian but which, in addition, constituted a social evil. Effective measures were required to be taken to combat it. Where others had failed, a Spanish canon, Dominic Guzman, succeeded. He was notable for his learning and love of poverty. The Order of Friars Preachers, which he founded about the year 1215, was endowed by him with these two characteristics; instead of manual labor, as practiced by the Cistercian monks, he required his friars to work with their minds by preaching and teaching. He died at Bologna on August 6, 1221. His friend, Gregory IX, canonized him three years later.

EarthBeat Weekly: How Isaias, COVID-19 and Beirut connect to climate change

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 8:23 PM
Extreme weather, the coronavirus pandemic and pollution around seaports disproportionately affect on people of color.

Knights of Columbus called to redouble efforts to fight racism, violence

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 6:26 PM
Every day Knights of Columbus live out the principles of charity, unity and fraternity, and through this daily witness in society, they must redouble their efforts to combat racism, violence and hatred, the top Knight told his confreres. "Living these principles," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said, "is the highest expression of patriotism today."

Survey shows wide support among Americans for COVID-19 worship restrictions

Natl Catholic Reporter - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 3:12 PM
Americans, by a 4-to-1 margin, said houses of worship should be subject to the same social-distancing rules as other organizations. The ratio backing this view was 3-to-1 for Christians, 4-to-1 for Jews, and 9-to-1 for those who are religiously unaffiliated.

Britain to strengthen borders as migrants cross sea In risk

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 2:44 PM
Britain's government has vowed to strengthen border measures saying a daily record number of people has crossed the English Channel to the U.K. in small boats.

Vatican urges sustainable and responsible tourism for rural development

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 2:26 PM
The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development released a message on Friday in view of World Tourism Day on September 27. It particularly called for promoting rural tourism.

Pope Francis in solidarity with the people of Lebanon

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 2:07 PM
Pope Francis donates 250,000 Euros to assist the Church in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday in Beirut which killed over a hundred people and injured thousands.

US Bishops advocate for emergency aid for Catholic schools

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:37 AM
US Bishops and Cardinals call for ten percent of emergency education funding for scholarships to aid Catholic and non-public schools amid the ongoing crisis.

Protests in Beirut as rescue work continues

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:22 AM
Security forces in Lebanon have fire teargas at protesters as anger mounts over a deadly explosion in Beirut earlier this week.

Helping the Marginalized during COVID-19

Franciscan Media American Catholic Blog - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:00 AM
COVID-19 has doubtless upended our lives. For Father Clifford Hennings, OFM, this pandemic has robbed him of his closeness to other people. Fellowship over Zoom isn't the same. But Father Hennings has not lost hope.

Enjoy this brief video testimony.

Our culture is attempting suicide

Catholicculture.org Commentary and Analysis - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:58 AM

When I read the news headline it suddenly all seemed clear. The story reported that new positive Covid tests were attributed to “community spread.” Well of course! That’s how contagious diseases are contracted, right? They spread through the community.

Life after the Pandemic with Pope Francis

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:56 AM
A book-companion for responding to the Covid-19 pandemic through the vision and words of Pope Francis.

Built on a Rock: survey on Living the Faith during Covid-19

Vatican News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:38 AM
The Pontifical Urbaniana University conducts a survey in Africa, Asia and Oceania seeking to “understand how people lived the faith and reacted to the closure of churches.”
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