Latest news

No Picture

Catholic headlines for July 21, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Pope Francis named three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, including Father Robert Barron of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries fame. • Some 60 mayors from around the world met at the Vatican to tackle climate change, human…


Media-savvy bishop-designate gets appointment in Los Angeles

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of “the next Bishop Sheen” — the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen. But in pretty much all past cases,…




Three auxiliary bishops named for Los Angeles; one resignation accepted

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, 75. The changes were announced July 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The pope appointed two…


No Picture

California governor says ‘Laudato Si” was necessary wake-up call

ROME (CNS) — Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment was so “appropriate and absolutely essential” for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown. “The world is going its merry way, with a few…


Meeting Pope Francis is career highlight for musician

Bob Halligan Jr. says he doesn’t need anything else now that he’s met Pope Francis. The Syracuse resident, music veteran and founder and lead vocalist of international Celtic rock band Ceili Rain, was invited to perform in June at events surrounding the exposition of the Shroud of Turin and Pope Francis’ visit to the Italian…


No Picture

Planned Parenthood video ‘horrifying, heartbreaking,’ says congresswoman

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A video of a Planned Parenthood physician describing her procedures for keeping fetal organs intact during an abortion is “horrifying and heartbreaking,” said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. Wagner made the comments at a news conference held July 15 on Capitol Hill by several House members a day after the…


No Picture

Catholic headlines for August 6, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Seventy years ago today, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On this sober anniversary, Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said, “The task of…


Prayers, sympathy shared after Tennessee shootings

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CNS) — An outpouring of sympathy and prayer washed over Tennessee for the victims of the July 16 shootings that left four Marines and the shooter dead. Three others were injured, and one of them, a sailor, died early July 18.