TALE of two CONFLICTS

Official: ‘Everyone in Gaza considers themselves a target’ By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service The situation in hospitals in the Gaza Strip is dire, and Palestinians are saying that medical supplies will soon run out, said a cardiologist who serves with the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza. Dr. Issa Tarazi, executive director of…

Bishops appeal to Senate to protect freedom of conscience

July 16, 2014 Vatican Radio/ USCCB In a letter sent July 14 to all U.S. Senators, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stated their “strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578).” Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Lori chair the U.S. Conference…

Knights of Columbus pledges $1.4 million to Special Olympics

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus has pledged $1.4 million to help cover costs for next year’s Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The donation, announced July 14 in Los Angeles, will help cover on-the-ground costs for the 7,000 participants expected to compete in the games. The contribution covers more than 8…

Crowd-funding effort launched for French cathedral window restoration

July 18, 2014, edition By Winston Pierre Catholic News Service The American Friends of Chartres has launched a crowd-funding campaign in the United States to help restore and preserve a 20-foot-high 13th-century stained-glass window in the Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral in France. Once what is known as the Baker’s Window is restored and before it…

Vatican bank issues detailed report, including where it stores its gold

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One week after publishing highlights of its 2013 financial statement, the Institute for the Works of Religion — commonly called the Vatican bank — released a 107-page, detailed financial report for the year. The first statement, released July 8, said the institute’s net profit for 2013 was only 2.9 million euros…

Life Issues Forum: Much Ado About Hobby Lobby

July 15, 2015 by Richard M. Doerflinger The ink was not dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision before the attacks began. “The immediate effect… is to deny many thousands of women contraceptive coverage vital to their well-being and reproductive freedom,” intoned The New York Times. We must “keep bosses out of the…

Church of England votes for women bishops; move seen as ecumenical snag

July 14, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of…

Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

July 14, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican said the latest published interview with Pope Francis, in which he says fighting sex abuse and the mafia will be priorities of his pontificate, should not be considered a record of his exact words. According to the article, published July 13 in the Rome daily La…

New healthcare resource links Catholic patients, providers

New York City, N.Y.  A new healthcare website hopes to link together Catholic patients and healthcare providers in order to address the cultural challenges facing Catholics around the country.“There’s more to being Catholic … than simply, ‘we don’t use birth control,” Dr. Greg Bottaro, PsyD, said to CNA July 7, of how the faith affects…