DETROIT, Michigan — It has been reported that Catholic schools in Detroit area are getting a new superintendent.
Archbishop Allen Vigneron reportedly appointed Brian Dougherty on Wednesday to oversee 96 grade schools and high schools in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Lapeer counties.
Dougherty of Lake Orion stepped down Friday as superintendent from the cash-strapped Pontiac public schools. He was once a Catholic school teacher and principal in the Diocese of Erie, Pa. He also has been associate superintendent or superintendent of two public schools districts in Pennsylvania.
DUBLIN, Ireland — A pair of top catholic officials in Ireland reportedly disagreed on whether pro-choice Catholics should be prevented from receiving communion.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reportedly stated that he does not want to see the sacrament of communion being used “for publicity reasons” by anybody in the debate surrounding abortion. And he urged politicians to “examine their coherence” between their faith and what they proposed in the forthcoming abortion legislation.
PORTLAND, Maine — Parishioners at St. Patrick Church reportedly broke into a sudden, long round of applause during the end of the final hymn at a special Mass on Sunday afternoon, an unusual ending for a somber Sunday service.
The 1 p.m. Mass was reportedly the last one ever to be held at the Congress Street church, which was scheduled to close its doors for good Sunday night, with its sale to the owner of the adjacent Westgate Shopping Center expected to close by the end of summer.
VATICAN CITY, Rome — The Vatican on Wednesday reportedly issued a rare public sanction against a “prince of the church” and the first such punishment meted out by Pope Francis.
Cardinal Keith O'Brien
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, once Britain’s highest-ranking Catholic leader, has been ordered to leave Scotland for several months to pray and atone for sexual misconduct.
O’Brien reportedly stepped down as Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh and recused himself from the March conclave that elected Francis pope after a newspaper reported unnamed priests’ allegations that he acted inappropriately toward them.
ROME, Italy — The Vatican reportedly commissioned a biblically inspired show about creation, destruction and renewal, apparently getting back into its centuries-old tradition of arts patronage, with its first-ever exhibit at the Venice Biennale.
The Holy See reportedly unveiled Tuesday details of its Venice pavilion, which opens June 1 and runs through Nov. 24. It also features the famous summertime Venice film festival.
The festival marks the Vatican’s most significant step yet in a renewed effort to engage contemporary artists and intellectuals in ways that once created masterpieces such as the Sistine Chapel and Bernini Colonnade.
LOS ANGELES, California – It has been reported that Los Angeles’ Catholic Archdiocese wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was molested by a foreign priest who remains a fugitive after fleeing to his native Mexico 25 years ago.
Investigators believed that the Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera, who fled in 1988, molested as many as 26 children, many of them altar boys, during the nine months he spent in Los Angeles.
VATICAN CITY, Rome – Some 800 Italian martyrs who refused to convert to Islam in the 15th century were reportedly canonized by Pope Francis, creating the first saints of his reign.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of faithful reportedly gathered in St Peter’s Square to attend the mass in which Francis formally bestowed the sainthoods, which had been approved by his predecessor Benedict XVI.
The new saints include Italian cobbler Antonio Primaldo, who was killed along with an estimated 800 other Italians, who remain anonymous, in 1480 by Ottoman forces in the southern part of the country for refusing to convert to Islam.
ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador — It has been reported that Catholic bishops in Atlantic Canada are asking the federal government to reconsider changes to Employment Insurance rules they deemed unfair and unrealistic.
In a public letter issued to members of their dioceses on May 6, the bishops expressed their concern with the reforms that they said would affect many members of their parishes.
“You can’t look at someone who is unemployed as a problem,” said St. John’s Archbishop Martin Currie.
“Someone who has family responsibilities, has a life to lead, has commitments to make.”
ARUSHA, Tanzania — Officials said on Wednesday that three Emirati men and a Saudi national have been arrested in Tanzania over a deadly church bombing, clarifying earlier reports the suspects were all from Saudi Arabia.
News reports state five Tanzanians have also been arrested after the Sunday attack on a packed church in the northern city of Arusha that killed three people.
“There are three nationals of the United Arab Emirates and a Saudi… they were arrested while trying to cross the border” into Kenya, Arusha’s governor Magesa Mulongo told AFP.
He added that none of those arrested have been charged yet.