Catholicism

Latinos play an important role in environmental movement, Georgetown panel says

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — May 24, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'Latinos are poised to be leaders in their communities and nationally on environmental issues,' said one panelist at this week's Latino Leader Gathering sponsored by Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.
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Three Catholic bishops and a nun walk into the White House. Here’s why it’s no joke.

By John C. Wester — May 23, 2024
(RNS) — We commit grave harm against ourselves through environmental destruction and we go against God’s plan for us.

Vatican overturns Texas bishop’s dismissal of Carmelite nun but backs his investigation

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — May 23, 2024
(RNS) — Though returned to the Carmelite order, the former prioress of the Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington, Texas, will not return to leadership of the monastery.

A priest’s kidnapping in South Sudan heightens fear among clergy in the country

By Tonny Onyulo — May 22, 2024
JUBA, South Sudan (RNS) — Dozens of church leaders have been kidnapped or killed by government soldiers or rebel fighters in the decade since the civil war began.

Despite pope’s clear ‘no’ on CBS, promoters of women deacons hold out hope

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — May 22, 2024
(RNS) — While they emphasized their resolve and hope, advocates for women deacons also expressed surprise and dismay at the interview. 

Retired judge finds no reliable evidence against Quebec cardinal; purported victim declines to talk

By Rob Gillies and Nicole Winfield — May 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The allegations were contained in an amended class-action lawsuit filed in Canadian court against 100 current and former church personnel of the archdiocese.

The rise of the Catholic bully

By Phyllis Zagano — May 22, 2024
(RNS) — If Bishop Robert Barron wants to distance himself from Trump, bullying is not the way to do it.

Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin voice hope for future of Chinese-Vatican relations

By Claire Giangravé — May 21, 2024
(RNS) — The pope spoke at a conference underlining the need for Catholic faithful to balance faith and patriotic loyalty.

Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa’s visit provides Palestinians a basic human need: Hope

By Daoud Kuttab — May 20, 2024
(RNS) — The visit is a reminder that the Gaza war is not a religious one and certainly not a Jewish-Muslim conflict.

‘Mary gardens’ bring Catholic piety to the garden

By Bridget Retzloff and Kayla Harris — May 20, 2024
(The Conversation) — In the 20th century, an engineer from Philadelphia encouraged others to create their own Mary gardens and established a company that sold seeds with Marian plant names.

Why US Catholics are planning pilgrimages in communities across the nation

By Peter Smith — May 20, 2024
(AP) — The pilgrimage amounts to an effort to revive a type of mass devotion that was once more common in past generations of Catholicism in the U.S. and beyond.

City of Los Angeles proclaims May 19 ‘Father Greg Boyle Day’

By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2024
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The proclamation comes just two weeks after the priest who founded Homeboy Industries received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden.

In interview, Pope Francis calls out ‘madness’ of US anti-immigrant policies

By Claire Giangravé — May 20, 2024
(RNS) — The pope criticized the stance by conservative prelates who are 'closed up in a dogmatic box.'
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