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    A U.S. District Judge ruled on Tuesday that Baltimore city officials cannot stop a Catholic media outlet from holding a rally, pointing to freedom of speech and assembly. Judge Ellen Hollander wrote in an order that St. Michael’s Media Inc., which also goes by the name Church Militant, has “demonstrated a substantial likelihood” that it will be successful in its claim that...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas invited President Joe Biden to witness the migrant crisis for what would be his first trip to the southern border as president. Thousands of migrants resorted to staying in dangerous tent cities in Mexican border towns after...
    A conservative Catholic media organization has published a series of reports claiming that priests at New Jersey churches and the Vatican have been using hookup apps. The Pillar collected and reviewed commercially available app signal dating indicating patterns on location-based hookup apps at more than 10 rectories within the Archdiocese of Newark between 2018 and 2020, the blog reported July...
    A New Mexico diocese is criticizing a Democratic lawmaker after it banned him from accepting Holy Communion. The Diocese of Las Cruces told state Sen. Joe Cervantes to not present himself for Communion after he voted for a bill that repealed the state's outdated 1969 law banning abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortion is a civil right in 1973....
    A Philadelphia high school football player died while warming up for a practice game at a high school in Chester County, officials said. West Catholic High School's Ivan Hicks Jr., 16, was preparing for a 7-on-7 scrimmage against the Coatesville Area High School Tuesday evening when he collapsed, according to school district officials and NBC Philadelphia. A West Catholic Prep...
    A Philadelphia high school football player died while warming up for a practice game at a high school in Chester County, officials said. West Catholic High School player, Ivan Hicks, 16, was preparing for a 7 on 7 scrimmage against the Coatesville Area High School team Tuesday evening when he collapsed, according to school district officials and NBC Philadelphia. Two...
    National faith-based organization CatholicVote released a survey Wednesday that found 74 percent of Catholics who regularly attend Mass say Catholic politicians who oppose the Church’s teachings should not receive Holy Communion. Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, said in a statement politicians who claim to be Catholic, but then promote policies the Church considers to be “gravely immoral,” serve to “create...
    Roughly three-quarters of Catholics who regularly attend Mass believe public officials who oppose church teaching shouldn’t receive Communion, according to a poll released Tuesday. Seventy-four percent of church-going U.S. Catholics believe that officials like President Joe Biden who counter the church’s teaching on abortion and other key topics shouldn’t receive Communion while 83% believe such officials create confusion and disunity,...
    Rome (CNN)The head of the Catholic Church in Germany has written to Pope Francis to offer his resignation over what he described as his shared "responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse" by church officials, a letter published Friday reveals. "In essence, it is important to me to share the responsibility for the catastrophe of the sexual abuse by Church...
    A former student at a private Catholic high school in Cleveland has filed a federal lawsuit against the $15,000-a-year institution, claiming that an older teammate on the track team had repeatedly assaulted him in a sexual manner, but the attacks were largely swept under the rug.  According to the 27-page complaint, which was filed on Tuesday in US District Court...
                        Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and members of the state’s Department of Human Services last year granted millions of dollars for social services, and on Monday TDHS officials said they won’t give any to refugees or illegal immigrants. The Nashville-based Catholic Charities of Tennessee last year received $7.3 million...
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Catholic institutions including schools and universities closed Wednesday across Haiti in a three-day protest to demand the release of five priests, two nuns and two other people kidnapped more than a week ago amid a spike in violence that the government is struggling to control. Catholic officials also organized Masses to pray for those kidnapped —...
    New York : 50 years to go. Photo: JEFF GRACE / . Top court declines appeal of Conn. murderer studying to be priest https://t.co/wiCoqrY53k pic.twitter.com/jDlVcOcRfR – 1010 WINS (@ 1010WINS) March 23, 2021 Jan Gawlik, a convicted murderer who says he is studying to become a Catholic priest in a Connecticut jail, lost his legal...
    Two seniors at a respected Catholic Bergen County high school used a racial epithet and then cursed “Black Lives Matter” while downing shots in a viral tweet that has brought widespread wrath on a shaken community. "Don't be snowflakes," one student from the all-girls Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township says, before the other repeats a racial epithet during a...
    Scores of Roman Catholic dioceses in the U.S. had more than $10 billion in cash and other readily available funds when they received at least $1.5 billion from the nation’s emergency relief program for small businesses slammed by the coronavirus, an Associated Press investigation has found. The financial resources of several dioceses rivaled or exceeded those available to publicly traded...
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    A California woman pleaded guilty to making bomb threats against a historic Catholic high school in Washington D.C. two years ago after school officials announced same-sex marriage announcements would be included in its alumni letter, the Justice Department said Monday. Sonia Tabizada, 36, of San Jacinto, Calif., pleaded guilty in federal court "to intentionally obstructing persons in the enjoyment of their free...
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser eased attendance caps for religious gatherings Wednesday after the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sued the mayor over attendance limits introduced amid the recent surge in coronavirus cases. The modification gets rid of the 50-person limit for religious gatherings put in place last month and allows places of worship to reach 25% capacity, up to a maximum...
    SARAJEVO (Reuters) - The Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Bosnia, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, has been taken to hospital after contracting COVID-19, hospital officials said on Thursday. The health officials could not provide detail about Puljic's medical condition. But an official in his Vrhbosna Archdiocese in Sarajevo said that Puljic had mild symptoms of the illness and was in...
    (CNN)The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the US Supreme Court to block New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order that limits the number of people who can attend worship services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The filing is the latest pitting religious groups against city and state officials seeking to stop the spread of Covid-19 and could highlight...
    Pope Francis has extended an agreement with China that governs the nomination of Roman Catholic bishops despite U.S. calls to scrap the pact in response to the persecution of religious minorities. “The Holy See considers the initial application of the Agreement — which is of great ecclesial and pastoral value — to have been positive, thanks to good communication...
    California priest sues Gov. Newsom, other officials alleging coronavirus restrictions violated religious liberties A Roman Catholic priest based in Southern California filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and nearly 20 other state and local officials, alleging that coronavirus restrictions on places of worship are unconstitutional and a violation of religious rights. In court papers filed Sept. 29 in...
    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for shutting down Catholic worship, according to a report Friday from UCANews. As one example, CCP officials prevented hundreds of underground Catholics in China from celebrating the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, one of the most important feasts in the Catholic liturgical calendar. For Chinese...
    A controversial Catholic priest in San Francisco criticized his parishioners for putting 'safety' over 'sanctity', skipping Mass to 'avoid the remote possibility of dying from Covid' and claimed the news reports about the global virus as 'largely unreal.' Father Joseph Illo also claimed that the media had exaggerated the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic to upset President Trump's chances at...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County officials on Friday continued to warn places of worship to only hold services outside.Health officials say congregations holding gatherings indoors are defying county orders and will soon be sent violation notices.Officials say holding services indoors puts congregations and the surrounding community at risk.Catholic churchgoers attend 'mass on the grass' in Woodland Hills after...
    U.S. Catholic officials are saying they now need to be as vigilant as their Jewish counterparts with regards to vandalism following a spate of attacks at churches amid the ongoing protests and riots over the death of a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis. More than a half a dozen attacks were noted at Catholic churches from Boston to...
              One or more people allegedly vandalized and beheaded an outdoor statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary this past weekend at the St. Stephen Catholic Church of Chattanooga, according to church officials. Bishop Rick Stika of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville tweeted that incidents such as these are nationwide. What a strange time...
    Heaven help them. A total of 17 city Catholic schools will permanently shutter due to the suffocating economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, officials announced Thursday. With countless working-class parents thrust into unemployment, hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition bills have gone unpaid and registrations for the upcoming academic year have plunged, officials said. “Children are always the most...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese says its new COVID-19 Educational Planning Team is working toward a safe and responsible reopening plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. After reviewing coronavirus research, surveying parents and teachers and looking at other reopening measures, the team today released several principles on which the plan will be based. They include...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Catholic officials say protesters calling for the removal of a statue of St. Louis' namesake should consider all that the imperfect man did to help the poor and the sick. The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a statement Sunday that King Louis IX is “an example of an imperfect man who strived to live a...
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