Father Tony Van Hee, 81, who has prayed and fasted on Parliament Hill for an end to abortion every day the House of Commons is in session for almost 30 years, is seen outside Parliament June 20 in Ottawa, Ontario. (CNS photo/Deborah Gyapong, The Catholic Register)

Priest keeps anti-abortion vigil on Parliament Hill for nearly 30 years

Posted by - July 14, 2018

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Jesuit Father Tony Van Hee says nearly three decades spent fasting and praying on Parliament Hill to end abortion have been the best years of his life. At age 81, he has no plans of slowing down, despite a raft of rule changes that, among many restrictions, even limit his bathroom

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is seen in Seoul, South Korea, June 5. During a technology summit in the southern city of Davao, Philippines, June 22, he questioned how Adam and Eve brought about "original sin." (CNS photo/Jeon Heon-Kyun, EPA)

Duterte says he’ll curb tirades, then tells bishops not to criticize him

Posted by - July 14, 2018

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is to curb his tirades against the Catholic Church after agreeing to a moratorium on statements deriding priests and bishops. Ucanews.com reported the presidential palace announced the president’s decision after a 30-minute meeting July 9 between Duterte and Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, greets Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, before a meeting inside the presidential palace in Manila. (CNS photo/Rey Baniquet, Presidential Photographers Division via EPA)

Philippine bishops announce days of prayer, fasting, penance for peace

Posted by - July 14, 2018

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Catholic bishops in the Philippines, concerned about an increase in violence and police reaction to crime, announced a day of prayer and penance July 16 and three days of fasting, prayer and penance, July 17-19. The bishops said they wanted to “invoke God’s mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed

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Doug Pederson, head football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, speaks at an American Bible Society event June 11 in Philadelphia on how important his Christian faith is to him and to players on the Super Bowl-champion team. (CNS photo/courtesy American Bible Society)

‘Nothing is done without prayer,’ says Philadelphia Eagles coach

Posted by - July 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Faith and football connected for a gain at a recent dinner in downtown Philadelphia sponsored by the American Bible Society and attended by nearly 1,000 folks who have faith and almost certainly are Philadelphia Eagles fans. The featured guest celebrity and an obvious draw for the event was Philadelphia’s favorite coach of

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New archbishops are seen as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 29. At the conclusion of the Mass the pope presented palliums in boxes to dozens of new archbishops from around the world. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope at pallium Mass: Jesus wants disciples unafraid to aid others

Posted by - July 7, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God wants his disciples to bring his mercy and love to everyone, everywhere on earth, which means it may cost them their “good name,” comfort and their life, Pope Francis said on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Following Christ requires “that we open our hearts to the Father and

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Parishioners of St. Veronica's Church in North Philadelphia march down a neighborhood street and pray the rosary under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe June 24. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)

‘Putting Mary everywhere’ a goal of parish’s Marian Mission, procession

Posted by - July 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — A grand street procession dedicated to Mary through North Philadelphia’s busy neighborhoods on a recent Sunday was a highlight of St. Veronica Parish’s days-long Marian Mission. “Putting Mary everywhere” is a major goal of St. Veronica parishioners, said Incarnate Word Father Joseph LoJacono, the pastor. The particular title of Mary honored during

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In this 2015 file photo, Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany, N.Y., is seen at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. He was one of several bishops who joined 300 Hispanic Catholic lay leaders at the Region II encuentro June 22-24 in Albany. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Focus on family ministry must be among church’s priorities, say delegates

Posted by - July 7, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) — One focus at the Region II encuentro in Albany June 22-24 was a need for the Catholic Church to focus on family ministry. Because families are the foundation of society, evangelized families would transform the world, Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger told Catholic News Service. “We reflect God’s divinity in our

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This is the cover of a 50th anniversary edition of "Humanae Vitae" with related papal texts and published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Blessed Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirmed the church's moral teaching on the sanctity of life, married love, the procreative and unitive nature of conjugal relations, responsible parenthood and its rejection of artificial contraception. (CNS)

Dioceses see ‘Humanae Vitae’ as insight into the beauty of family

Posted by - July 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The church’s teaching on artificial contraception and the role of procreation in marriage isn’t about difficult-to-follow rules in the eyes of Alice Heinzen, a veteran of marriage and family ministry in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Heinzen told Catholic News Service, the long-held teaching found in Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical,

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A Belgian researcher holds a human brain as part of a study into psychiatric diseases July 19, 2017. Pope Francis told members of the Pontifical Academy for Life June 25 that behind the indifference toward human life lies a contagious illness that blinds people to the lives, challenges and struggles of others. (CNS photo/Yves Herman, Reuters)

Pope Francis: Support life at all stages, avoid ‘dirty work of death’

Posted by - June 30, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Behind the indifference toward human life lies a contagious illness that blinds people to the lives, challenges and struggles of others, Pope Francis said. Like the mythical figure Narcissus, people risk becoming infected by a “contagious spiritual virus” that turns them into “mirrored men and women who only see themselves and

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Pope Francis greets nuns during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Faith is lived with joyous gratitude, not slavelike duty, pope says

Posted by - June 30, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God always loves and generously gives first before asking for fidelity to his commandments — which are the words of a loving father showing people the right way to live, Pope Francis said. “Christian life is above all the grateful response to a generous father,” not a forced, joyless compliance to

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