Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri explains how the Synod on the Family will unfold

Vatican City (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, gave a presentation of the phases and methods of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.” “Saturday evening, in…

‘Unite suffering’ with those grieving, archbishop tells Oregon Catholics

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy. Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified…

House passes measure to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The House Sept. 29 passed the Women’s Health and Public Safety Act to give states the authority to defund Planned Parenthood. Speaking from the House floor in support of the measure, which was sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, cited the pope’s Sept. 24 address to a…

Back to the synod: Year given for ‘discernment’ also brought debate

  By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis planned two gatherings of the Synod of Bishops to focus on the family and urged participants to use the year between the assemblies as a time for “true spiritual discernment” with both study and prayer. In the months leading up to the opening of the world…

Everyone has a guardian angel to protect, guide in life, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service Everyone has a guardian angel who is advising and protecting each individual on earth, Pope Francis said at morning Mass. Whenever people hear a little voice in their head, “‘Well, do this. That would be better. You mustn’t do this …’ Listen! Don’t turn against him” because it is…

Coming attractions: Sequels to court’s cases over mandate, other topics

By Patricia Zapor  Catholic News Service Between cases already on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2015-2016 term and some of the appeals thought likely to be accepted for review, it might look like the justices have taken up Hollywood’s love of sequels to blockbusters. Among issues followed by the Catholic legal community, the contraceptive…

Survey gives glimpse into faith practices of young Catholic families

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A survey commissioned by Holy Cross Family Ministries provides insights into the faith practices of young Catholic families. One of the more surprising findings is that Hispanics now make up a solid majority of Catholic families where the parents are ages 25-45, the age group targeted by the survey. Another is that…

Archbishop visits Congress, White House in push to ease Puerto Rico debt crisis

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Concerned that Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is inflicting hardship on poor and middle-class households, Archbishop Robert Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan met with congressional leaders and the White House to push for a resolution. The crisis has led to school closings, cuts in social services and health care and job layoffs and…