Meet 3 Servants of God who just advanced toward sainthood

Photo credit: From left to right: Servants of God Charlene Marie Richard, Auguste Robert Pelafigue, and Joseph Ira Dutton / Screenshots taken from USCCB livestream Baltimore, Md., Nov 17, 2021 / 15:45 pm (CNA). Three servants of God are advancing toward sainthood: a 12-year old diagnosed with cancer who offered up her suffering, a man […]

The best Catholic Advent calendars for 2021

Advent calendar / Elena Mozhvilo/Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Nov 17, 2021 / 16:02 pm (CNA). Advent is a time of preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. And while it’s easy to get distracted by the craziness leading up to this special day, the Advent season is the perfect time to bring your family together and […]

Biden administration rolling back religious-freedom protections? (Fox News)

The Department of Health and Human Services is planning to end the authority of its Office of Civil Rights to pursue complaints about violations of religious liberty, Fox News reports. A leaked memo from the department indicated a plan to end the office’s efforts to enforce the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Oklahoma attorney general cites Catholic hospital for violating religious freedom (CNA)

Oklahoma’s attorney general has ordered a Catholic hospital to halt implementation of a Covid-vaccine mandate. Attorney General John O’Connor took action after Ascension St. John hospital suspended employees who had not been vaccinated. Noting that the Catholic health-care institution had rejected petitions for religious exemptions, in spite of a court order, O’Connor said: “It appears […]

Defense moves to dismiss charges in Vatican finance trial (CNA)

Lawyers for defendants have asked a Vatican tribunal to dismiss criminal charges, in the latest complication of the financial-misconduct trial. The defense charged that portions of taped testimony submitted by the prosecution were missing, and objected to references to directions from Pope Francis—who, as sovereign ruler of the Vatican, is outside the court’s jurisdiction. The […]

Eucharist document in focus as US bishops begin discussions (Crux)

Both the president of the US bishops’ conference and the Pope’s representative in Washington highlighted a proposed document on “Eucharistic coherence” in addresses to the bishops assembled in Baltimore. Archbishop Christopher Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the US, encouraged the bishops to find consensus, and cautioned that the document should not suggest that the Eucharist […]

Bishops approve plans for three-year National Eucharistic Revival

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ focus on the significance of the Eucharist in the life of the church isn’t just about on the statement they approved at their fall meeting. It also is about something bigger: a three-year eucharistic revival that will culminate with the National Eucharistic Congress 2024 in Indianapolis. The bishops approved […]