Catholic Spirit

  • Vatican: More must be done to protect rights, dignity of refugees July 9, 2020
    The international community must increase its efforts to help protect the lives of refugees, who are often exploited instead of being protected, a Vatican official said.
    Catholic News Service
  • Ex-Salvadoran officer: ‘High command’ gave order to kill Jesuits in ’89 July 9, 2020
    A former Salvadoran army officer has testified that the "high command" gave orders to eliminate Jesuits priests during the country's civil war. He also said the Central American country's president would have known of the crimes to be committed and did not intervene.
    Catholic News Service
  • Why “What are the bishops doing about it?” is the wrong question July 9, 2020
    Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns about racism both historical and contemporary, we insisted that the characterization of Serra as the moral equivalent of Hitler and the missions he f […]
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  • Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God July 9, 2020
    I’ve been reading, recently, a good deal of the work of Dietrich von Hildebrand—perhaps not a household name, but in fact one of the greatest Catholic philosophers of the last century. An inspiration to both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, von Hildebrand was designated by the Nazis themselves as their number one enemy in the 1930s—pretty high praise, that. […]
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  • Archbishop Hebda: If mask-wearing is a sacrifice, unite it to others’ suffering July 9, 2020
    “As a Church that is pro-life, we need to embrace those practices that will reasonably minimize the risk of harm to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” he said. “Please continue to follow the protocols adopted by your parish. Wear your mask.”  
    Maria Wiering
  • Retired Pope Benedict follows his brother’s funeral virtually July 8, 2020
    Retired Pope Benedict XVI followed the funeral of his brother, Georg Ratzinger, via livestreaming, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA.
    Catholic News Service
  • Twins conjoined at head successfully separated at Vatican-owned hospital July 8, 2020
    After more than a year of preliminary studies and three difficult operations, a medical team at the Vatican-owned pediatric hospital successfully separated conjoined twin girls.
    Catholic News Service
  • Supreme Court decision on contraceptives called a win for religious freedom July 8, 2020
    Several organizations praised the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld Trump administration regulations giving employers more ability to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage in their health plans.
    Catholic News Service
  • Caritas worker warns of disaster in Burkina Faso July 8, 2020
    A Catholic aid worker has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso, with over 2 million facing starvation in the face of Islamist attacks and poor harvests.
    Catholic News Service
  • Decline in confession called harmful to Church’s mission to spread Gospel July 8, 2020
    With COVID restrictions lifting, pastors looking to welcome faithful back should rethink their confession schedules -- and start talking more about the sacrament in the pulpit.
    Catholic News Service