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‘Sterile hypocrisy’ behind mistreatment of migrants, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees are similar to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God’s law without exercising mercy to those in need, Pope Francis said. Jesus’ rebuke of…


Pope names lay Italian journalist to head Vatican communications

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named a lay Italian journalist with decades of experience in print, radio and television broadcasting to head the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication. Paolo Ruffini, 61, who headed the Italian conference of Catholic bishops’ TV and radio…


Father O’Connor goes the distance in ‘Gratitude for Hope’

By Katherine Long | Editor With support from and in gratitude to parishioners, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s pastor runs 12+ miles in 91-degree heat to honor HOPE Appeal efforts BALDWINSVILLE — In May, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pastor Father Joe O’Connor issued a challenge to the parish: Meet our HOPE…


At Texas center, bishops join in a warm welcome for recent arrivals

By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — Some had been on the road for weeks, others for days, and some entered looking haggard and sunburned with little more than the clothes they were wearing, some holding the hands of their children as a group of Catholic bishops joined…


‘Humanae Vitae’ said rooted in respect church has for human dignity

By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fifty years ago, an encyclical was released affirming a long-held teaching of the Catholic Church, yet it became one of the most controversial encyclicals in recent church history. Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), subtitled “On the…



Near immigration’s ground zero, bishops begin border trip with Mass

By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — The bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States have for weeks expressed outrage and condemned the government’s recent practice of separating children from a parent or a family member if they’re caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without legal documentation….


New papal appointments reflect pope’s wish for transparency

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 69, as president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which handles the Vatican’s investment portfolio and real estate holdings and serves as the Vatican employment office and procurement agency. The…


Court says requirements on pregnancy centers violate free speech

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 26 that a California law that placed requirements on crisis pregnancy centers that oppose abortion violated the First Amendment. In its decision in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, the court found that…


Florist’s same-sex wedding case sent back to lower court for review

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Religious liberty advocates were pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 order to send Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington and Arlene’s Flowers v. Ingersoll back to the lower court for review. Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington,…