Catholic headlines for August 31, 2015

Pope Francis figurines are seen in a window display at a store along a street in Philadelphia Aug. 27. The pope will visit Philadelphia during his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. (CNS photo | Bob Roller)

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today.


Eleven cardinals urge maintaining Church rules on marriage

Eleven cardinals, at least four of whom will participate in the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October, have urged fellow church leaders to maintain the church’s rules regarding marriage and strengthen Catholic education about marriage and family life. Their book, “Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family,” is scheduled to be released in English in the United States Sept. 15 by Ignatius Press, which provided copies in advance to the media.


Pope holds ‘virtual town hall’ with ABC and Catholics in 3 cities

Pope Francis held a “virtual town hall” with Catholics in Chicago, Los Angeles and McAllen, Texas, in advance of his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. The town hall was arranged by ABC News, which was to air portions of the meeting during its “World News Tonight” program Aug. 31, with an hourlong version of its “20/20” newsmagazine called “Pope Francis & the People” airing 10-11 p.m. EDT Sept. 4. ABC News said the event would also be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on


From AP: Pope Francis a stranger to the U.S. in many ways


And remember, tomorrow is World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. What are you doing to mark the day?


(Also: How great is that Pope Francis stuff up top? Who doesn’t need a Pope Francis figurine?)

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