Vatican revamps communications

July 9, 2014 Vatican names committee to help revamp communications, media outreach VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee — which includes Our Sunday Visitor’s Greg Erlandson — to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs….

Vatican official praises Sr. Cristina for going to ‘peripheries’

July 9, 2014 CNA/EWTN News A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries.“What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has…

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Urge U.S. Sentencing Commission To Fix Broken Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines

July 8, 2014 USCCB WASHINGTON—The Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA, urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively fix flawed federal sentencing guidelines for federal non-violent drug offenses. “The United States imprisons more people per capita than any…

USCCB Subcommittee On The Church In Africa Awards Nearly $1.3 Million

July 8, 2014 WASHINGTON—The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 46 grants totaling $1,260,571 to assist the pastoral work of the Church in Africa. The subcommittee approved the grants during their June 10 meeting in New Orleans. “The needs of the Church in Africa now vary, depending…

Pope Francis meets sex abuse victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to…

Pro soccer player brings his faith to the field

By Dianne Towalski For The Visitor Christian Ramirez brings the Apostle Paul to the soccer field. During games, the Minnesota United FC forward wears a prayer bracelet bearing words from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, along with his parents’ last names. “I have Philippians written on my wrists,” he said. “I can do all…

High Court takes the high ground

Companies’ values affirmed July 4, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The court said that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, the…

Francis speaks his mind (again)

World economic system, war, fundamentalism, critics of Pius XII and his own safety all subject matter of interview June 20, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Pope Francis said the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations. He also condemned religious fundamentalism, defended…