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Catholic Charities Reach Out to those in Need

January 7th, 2014 - Comments Off

CHICAGO, Illinois – Reports state local Catholic Charities in the city help those who are in need during the cold weather in the Midwest.

“Chicago is experiencing extremely dangerous and cold weather. We are anticipating some of the coldest weather on record,” stated Kristine Kappel, the communications director for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“In weather like this our top priority is ensuring that everyone who needs a warm place to stay has someplace to go,” she further added.

Pope Francis to visit Middle East in May

January 5th, 2014 - Comments Off

VATICAN CITY, Rome — It has been reported that Pope Francis will be visiting biblical sites in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories in May.

It is the pope’s first trip to the Christian Holy Land as pontiff and only the fourth by a pope since biblical times.

Reports say the May 24-26 trip to Amman, Jerusalem and Bethlehem will mark the 50th anniversary of a historic trip to the region by Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II visited in 2000 and Benedict XVI went in 2009.

Christian Leaders in South Sudan Hopes for Peace and Reconciliation

January 4th, 2014 - Comments Off

JUBA, South Sudan – Church leaders in Juba called on to their countrymen to focus on peace and reconciliation.

“This should not be turned into an ethnic problem. Sadly, on the ground it is developing into tribalism. This must be defused urgently before it spreads,” church leaders stated in a December 17 message, this as reported by Aid to the Church in Need.

Groups such as the South Sudan Council of Churches stated that what the country is considered experiencing is of ethnic violence, it should not be considered as such in nature. The Dinka and Nuer communities should not refer to each other foes.

Catholic Bioethicist Speaks Out Regarding Jahi McMath Case

January 4th, 2014 - Comments Off

WASHINGTON D.C. – The issue of terminating or not the life of a brain dead patient has been an existing debate within our society up until today. This would clearly reflect the strong values and ethics being discussed by many experts on science and religion.

The tragic story of a teenage girl named Jahi McMath has been widely talked about in all kinds of media. It is now being the focus of different discussions and controversies which opened up the importance of knowing all pertinent facts first hand before ethically deciding on the matter.

Priest condemned for gay ministry dies

January 3rd, 2014 - Comments Off

BALTIMORE, Maryland – News reports say a Roman Catholic priest who was censured by the Holy See for his ministry to gays and lesbians has died.

New Ways Ministry said in a statement that the Rev. Robert Nugent, a co-founder of the group, had been suffering from lung cancer when he died Wednesday in Milwaukee at age 76.

In 1977, Nugent and Sister Jeannine Gramick reportedly created the ministry with a goal of reconciling gays and lesbians with the wider church community.

In 1999, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Vatican’s orthodoxy watchdog, said they had harmed the church by causing confusion about church teaching that same-sex relationships were sinful.

Priest released from prison after appeal

January 3rd, 2014 - Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — It has been reported that a Roman Catholic church official who won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal left a Pennsylvania prison on Thursday.

Prison spokeswoman Terri Fazio said Monsignor William Lynn reportedly left the state prison in Waymart in northeastern Pennsylvania after 18 months behind bars.

He was taken by the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office to a city jail, where he was to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device. He will then be released, probably to the custody of a family member, one of his lawyers said.

Priest found slain in church rectory; suspect arrested

January 3rd, 2014 - Comments Off

EUREKA, California — A 43-year-old man was arrested Thursday after a Catholic priest in Eureka, California was discovered dead in his church rectory on New Year’s Day when he failed to show up for mass.

Father Eric Freed

According to NBC News on Jan. 1, the lifeless body of Father Eric Freed was found at his church about 9 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning by a church deacon. Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills confirmed that a “violent crime” has taken place.

Missing Luton priest found dead

January 2nd, 2014 - Comments Off

BEDFORDSHIRE, England — News reports say a 42-year-old Luton priest who went missing has been found dead and slumped over the wheel of his car outside a supermarket.

Father Joseph Williams

According to reports, Father Joseph Williams is believed to have lain undiscovered in his car at Morrisons’ car park in Houghton Regis for three days from December 27.

Bedfordshire police said they were called to the car park on Monday. A spokesman said the priest had been in the car “for some time.” The priest is thought to have died of “natural causes”.

Dismissal of monsignor’s conviction elates supporters, deflates victim advocates

December 29th, 2013 - Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – The dismissal of Msgr. William Lynn’s conviction on child-endangerment charges is nothing short of a travesty of justice, according to advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse on Thursday.

“What a disgrace!” Marita Green, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Catholic activist group Voice of the Faithful, said in a statement.

“I don’t care whose ‘orders’ Lynn followed whether (Cardinals) Bevilaqua’s, Krol’s or even O’Hara’s! It is appalling that the laws in the state of Pennsylvania have been so ineffective that none of these enablers, facilitators and cover-up-ers have gone to jail.”

Archbishop calls for review of prisoner training

December 29th, 2013 - Comments Off

KUMASI, Ghana – News reports say the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Kumasi has called for a review of prisoner training to prevent the disturbing incidence of jailbirds breaking the law again.

The Most Reverend Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye said helping them to uphold strong moral values must become central to any training programme designed to aid their reformation. This was the way to ensure that they did not return after they had regained their freedom.

The archbishop was saying the mass at the Kumasi Central Prison as part of the church’s routine Boxing Day visit.