Catholics for Choice looks to reach more Latinos with new Spanish-language platforms

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(RNS) — The nonprofit Catholics for Choice, which supports abortion rights, is seeking to further reach Latino Catholics in the U.S. by launching Spanish-language social media platforms. The group announced the launch in early June, but its new Spanish-language Twitter and Instagram, which amplify the organization’s campaigns and events, have been active since about early … Read more

Catholic sculptor wishes to restore Catholic credibility amid modern evils

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A Catholic sculptor wants to keep the church relevant with his art, but as mounting secularism and the COVID-19 pandemic challenge the institution, the artist claims the devil is in the details. “Today we want to pretend that evil doesn’t exist,” said Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, but Christianity, and Catholicism in … Read more

Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops ‘statement of principles’ on Communion vote

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WASHINGTON (RNS) — A group of Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives is preparing a “statement of principles” to be released after a planned vote Thursday (June 17) by the American Catholic bishops on a proposal to draft a document on the Eucharist that taps into ongoing debate regarding Communion and politicians who back … Read more

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis

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LONDON (RNS) — As the American Catholic bishops debate whether President Joe Biden should receive Holy Communion given his support for abortion rights, outrage has been building in the United Kingdom since the country’s chief executive, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently came out as Catholic, to the concern of British Catholics, some parish priests and parliamentarians. … Read more

Bishops quick to debate Eucharist — and Joe Biden — at meeting

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(RNS) — The opening day of the American Catholic bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday (June 16) had nothing on the agenda about the controversial topic of Communion and President Joe Biden. The meeting’s first-day sessions were supposed to be dedicated to the mundane business of nurturing Catholic families and discussing drafts of liturgical language. But … Read more

The end of the oracular papacy

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As the U.S. Catholic bishops conduct their semi-annual meeting virtually this week, the big question is whether they will approve a proposal to create a teaching document on the Eucharist that would deny the sacrament to politicians who support pro-choice policies. No one doubts that the proposal is directed at regular Mass-goer  Joe Biden, the … Read more

Faith groups among those granted money from billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

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(RNS) — A number of faith-based groups were among the nearly 300 recipients of $2.7 billion in grants announced Tuesday (June 15) by billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to organizations addressing a range of social issues. Scott, who was formerly married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wrote in a Medium post that she and her husband, … Read more

US bishops set collision course with Vatican over plan to press Biden Communion ban

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(The Conversation) — A rift between conservative American bishops and the Vatican could be laid bare on June 16 as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meets amid talk of a growing divide in the church over Pope Francis’ leadership. During the virtual event, U.S. bishops are expected to approve a motion to begin drafting … Read more

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes

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LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has issued new guidelines for its more than 300 parishes, which, beginning June 19, are set to fully reopen. In a letter to congregants over the weekend, Archbishop José H. Gomez announced guidelines allowing liturgical celebrations — including weekday and Sunday Masses as well … Read more

Pope demands food aid reach starving people of Tigray

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ROME (AP) — Pope Francis demanded Sunday that humanitarian aid reach hungry people in the war-torn Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers are blocking food deliveries and other assistance. Francis called for an immediate end to the fighting in Tigray, the return of social harmony and for “all food aid and … Read more