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Pope creates 13 new cardinals, including Washington archbishop

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One by one 11 senior churchmen, including two U.S. citizens — Cardinals Wilton D. Gregory of Washington and Silvano M. Tomasi, a former Vatican diplomat — knelt before Pope Francis to receive their red hats, a cardinal’s ring and a scroll formally declaring their new status and assigning them a “titular” church in Rome.

But with the consistory Nov. 28 occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis actually created 13 new cardinals.

Cardinals Jose F. [...]

2020-11-28T06:15:00-05:00November 28th, 2020|Catholic News|

Pope creates 13 new cardinals, including Washington archbishop

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One by one 11 senior churchmen, including two U.S. citizens — Cardinals Wilton D. Gregory of Washington and Silvano M. Tomasi, a former Vatican diplomat — knelt before Pope Francis to receive their red hats, a cardinal’s ring and a scroll formally declaring their new status and assigning them a “titular” church in Rome.

But with the consistory Nov. 28 occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis actually created 13 new cardinals.

Cardinals Jose F. [...]

2020-11-28T06:15:01-05:00November 28th, 2020|Catholic News|

Court says N.Y. pandemic limits on houses of worship restrict religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-4 decision issued just before midnight Nov. 25, the Supreme Court lifted the pandemic restrictions on congregation sizes at houses of worship imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in separate filings appealed to the nation’s high court, claiming the governor’s executive order violated their free exercise of religion and was particularly unwarranted during a time when area businesses were open.

Chief Justice [...]

2020-11-26T07:00:00-05:00November 26th, 2020|Catholic News|

Study leads to benchmarks for sexual misconduct policies at seminaries

Policy benchmarks developed from a study of sexual harassment and misconduct at seminaries and religious houses of formation in the United States are being promoted as a way to stem the abuses that came to light recently about former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The study was conducted in spring 2019 by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University [...]

2020-11-25T14:17:55-05:00November 25th, 2020|Catholic News|

Bishops say Advent during pandemic can be a time to draw closer to Jesus

CLEVELAND (CNS) — The pandemic and new limits on daily activities present a special time for a renewal of faith and the opportunity to deepen appreciation for Jesus in daily life, bishops across the country said in messages for the Advent season.

This year as families are separated, several bishops said, Advent also can be a much-needed quiet time to recognize how the birth of an infant, Jesus, changed the world and his followers are invited to follow [...]

2020-11-25T13:59:28-05:00November 25th, 2020|Catholic News|

Food banks do their best to help families have a hearty Thanksgiving meal

PATERSON, N.J. (CNS) — Going hungry is bad enough at any time, but at Thanksgiving, a holiday built around enjoying the fruits of a bountiful harvest, being hungry can be extra troublesome.

Agencies such as Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Paterson are teaming up in creative ways with other agencies to make sure the growing number of families and individuals showing up at their doors are fed during the holiday season holidays.

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit in [...]

2020-11-25T11:41:01-05:00November 25th, 2020|Catholic News|

Church aids tiny Colombian island’s residents left homeless by hurricane

ISLE DE PROVIDENCIA, Colombia (CNS) — Laidy Betancourt now sleeps in a tent with her husband and 10-year-old son on the sanctuary floor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church (Nuestra Señora de los Dolores) on the tiny Caribbean Isle de Providencia.

She, along with many of the island’s 5,000-plus residents, were left homeless after powerful Hurricane Iota slammed Colombia’s only island province early Nov. 16.

“We’re thinking this will be the first and last time we experience this,” Betancourt [...]

2020-11-25T10:10:01-05:00November 25th, 2020|Catholic News|

Communities that take their own ‘path’ lack Holy Spirit, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he was dismayed by Catholic communities and groups that claim to be working to improve church life, but attempt to do so without prayer, the Eucharist and unity with the rest of the church.

“At times, I feel a great sadness when I see a community that, with goodwill, takes a wrong path because it thinks it is making the church through gatherings, as if it were a political party: the [...]

2020-11-25T04:58:01-05:00November 25th, 2020|Catholic News|

Mexican church, civic leaders: No pilgrims at basilica for Guadalupe feast

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Mexican church and civic officials have canceled public feast celebrations for Mexico’s patroness at her shrine in Mexico City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration normally attracts 10 million pilgrims to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine.

At a joint news conference Nov. 24, Mexico City Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes and Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum urged pilgrims to stay away from the basilica and to avoid congregating in [...]

2020-11-24T10:25:00-05:00November 24th, 2020|Catholic News|

Mexican church, civic leaders: No pilgrims at basilica for Guadalupe feast

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Mexican church and civic officials have canceled public feast celebrations for Mexico’s patroness at her shrine in Mexico City due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebration normally attracts 10 million pilgrims to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine.

At a joint news conference Nov. 24, Mexico City Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes and Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum urged pilgrims to stay away from the basilica and to avoid congregating in [...]

2020-11-24T10:25:00-05:00November 24th, 2020|Catholic News|