Daily News

Morning must-reads

May 10

Cardinal: Each bishop decides on denial of Communion

First senior Vatican official to wade into American debate

Sicily: Italian judge killed by mafia in 1990 is beatified

Faithful Rosario Livatino deemed 'martyr of justice & faith'

Cdl. Mahony pens odd 'commentary' on voting laws

Endorses corporations bullying states over legislation

Pope calls for suspension of COVID vaccine patents

In video message to concert, he decries 'sick economy'

Jane Goodall at Vatican health conf.: 'We're not wise'

Says Homo sapiens, the wise ape, is 'destroying' planet

Egypt executes defrocked monk; case exposes factions

He was convicted of killing abbot in ancient monastery

May 7

Fauci opens 'unique' Vatican online health conference

Features scientists, pharma execs, American celebrities

Vatican quiet on funding of controversial conferences

Are outside donors co-opting Church’s moral authority?

Swedish hospital praised for halting trans hormones

For kids under age 16; due to unknowns & non-consent

Minn.: Abuse probe widens in case of composer Haas

College continued summer camps despite allegations

'Consultant’: Becciu asked for dirt on Vatican personnel

Confirms in Italian TV interview a 'parallel secret service'

Malian woman, age 25, gives birth to nine babies

Each weighs 1-2 lbs & will stay at hospital 2-3 months

May 6

U.S. fertility rates fell to record-low levels in 2020

Total number of births lowest since 1979

Pope to institute formal ‘ministry of catechist’

Role important in communities without resident priest

Sr. Carol Keehan: Religious should help push vaccines

Former healthcare exec emphasizes local-level trust

Courage apostolate's conference to focus on St. Joseph

He is model of chastity understood in light of God's plan

Moscow sides with China on 'fake news' about Xinjiang

Claim no violations of Uyghurs' rights or any genocide

France: 20 retired generals sign letter on 'civil war'

Warn on 'peril' from Islamism, 'hordes from the suburbs'

May 5

Lutheran pastor: German Synodal Path is 'wrong path’

Says Catholic 'reformers' should just become Protestant

France is losing one religious building every two weeks

Mostly Catholic; by demolition, fire, collapse, neglect

Pope calls 'bloated' financial markets 'dangerous'

Regulation needed to prevent eventual fallout on poor

Patriarch Tawadros speaks on massive Ethiopian dam

Tensions continue with Egypt, Sudan over use of the Nile

Lubbock becomes latest ‘Sanctuary City for the Unborn’

Law allows private citizens to sue abortion providers

UK Down syndrome screening case heads to high court

Law has no abortion time limit if baby has a disability

May 4

Australian Catholics petition Vatican to remove bishop

And two diocesan officials; over pro-homosexual agenda

Cordileone letter issues challenge to brother bishops

Will any impose some discipline on prominent dissenters?

States continue ‘unprecedented’ surge of pro-life bills

Restrictions due to discrimination, fetal pain, heartbeat

Cdls. Burke & Sarah rise in rank in College of Cardinals

Plus six others; seniority system has ancient roots

Pope to open event on Italy’s demographic decline

Before pandemic, birth rate was 1.29/woman; worse now

Myanmar soldiers arrest young Christians over charity

For distributing food, goods in urban poor communities

May 3

Pope: Cardinals, bishops to be tried by Vatican tribunals

Changes law & privileges 'that date back to earlier times'

Cordileone issues letter on worthiness for Communion

Says public advocates for evil should not seek to receive

Bishop & law prof analyze Notre Dame vaccine mandate

Urge school to respect its students’ voluntary choices

Finnish MP faces jail time after tweeting Bible verse

Gov't sees her words 'likely to cause' intolerance of LGBTs

Rome: Center for Child Protection gets major upgrade

Institute will further its pioneering research, formation

Haiti: Remaining abducted Catholic nuns, priests freed

Case sparked nationwide outrage over gov't inaction

April 30

WV gov signs law that only girls may play girls’ sports

Meanwhile, Florida legislature recently passed similar bill

Without tourists, Medjugorje has become ghost town

One million pilgrims per year halted by COVID; photos

CatholicVote keeps record on dissenter Pres. Biden

Shows his acts of public opposition to Church teaching

Vatican invested 20M euros in Swiss pharmaceuticals

Which produce morning-after pill; stopped after alerted

Montana enacts Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Requires least restrictive means of furthering gov't goal

Pope's anti-corruption law strictly limits all employees

Mandates best practices including no use of tax havens

April 29

Pope bans gifts over $50 to officials of Roman Curia

To 'prevent and fight' conflicts of interest & corruption

Mexico: 226 bishops/priests, 8 sisters dead of COVID

Venezuela reports 1.2% of all its priests have died of it

CDF reinstates Kentucky priest accused of sex abuse

But bars him from entering schools for five years

Bankrupt Santa Fe archdiocese to sell 732 properties

In order to fund settlements for hundreds of abuse suits

Texas bill proposes longer 6-month wait for divorce

Boosts permanency of marriage in families with children

China's population is below 1.4B; first drop in 60 years

Demographic decline will have strong social impact

April 28

Survey finds Jews, white Catholics most open to vaccine

U.S.: White evangelical Protestants are least receptive group

Pell: German bishops must uphold Scripture teachings

Sees big faction 'resolutely heading in the wrong direction'

NY dioceses seek relief from abortion coverage rule

Petition SCOTUS on mandate to violate beliefs or close

Springfield MA: Outside judge requested in abuse suit

Plaintiff cites potential for undue influence from diocese

China ramps up restraints on 'underground' bishops

In betrayal of Agreement, which provided for status quo

Some Catholic colleges will require COVID shot in fall

Fordham, Georgetown, Boston College, Notre Dame, etc.

April 27

Knoxville bishop Stika facing likely Vatican investigation

For impeding probes of accusations against ex-seminarian

S. Sudan: 3 clerics arrested after bishop-elect is shot

'Other prominent lay personalities' in diocese suspected

Legion of Christ hit by lawsuits with new abuse claims

Involving minors at Legion schools in NH & RI in 1990s

Pope is quietly adding lay members to new dicasteries

Small reform not trumpeted but seen in Papal Yearbook

Vatican health conference is a Big Pharma platform?

Event features CEOs of Moderna and Pfizer, plus Fauci

Texas: Planned community aims at living Catholic faith

Organizers have purchased 600 acres of land near Tyler

April 26

Cupich, Denver archbp. Aquila at odds over Eucharist

Meanwhile, USCCB drafts text on 'Eucharistic coherence'

Catholic university in Conn. 'affirms support' for LGBTs

Sacred Heart U. leaders hold rally after CDF statement

German prez urged to withhold medal for Cdl. Marx

Abuse victims: Such honor renders their efforts 'absurd'

Pres. Biden calls atrocities against Armenians 'genocide'

U.S. has long avoided word for fear of alienating Turkey

Top German bishop: Protestants can take Communion

On 'ecumenism day' in May; says this is 'nothing new'

Jerusalem: Tensions high amid clashes during Ramadan

Muslims protest police preventing access to mosque

April 23

Ukraine conflict a global threat, U.S. archbishop warns

Explains how Ukraine is key to Putin's imperial ambition

Haiti: 3 abducted priests, religious released; 7 remain

Kidnappers demanded $1M ransom twelve days ago

UK human rights activist urges Vatican reset on China

Says public pleas & gestures would make 'big difference'

Polling analysts: 'Nones' not just young white liberals

People in many demographic groups are ditching religion

Construction of Sagrada Familia's Marian tower begins

Completion date set for 2026, 100 years after Gaudí died

Pope sent short message to Biden's climate summit

Well wishes; his name no longer appears on event listing

April 22

Pope calls for global prayer marathon throughout May

Daily Rosary, for an end to the coronavirus pandemic

Detroit archdiocese: CDF has dropped Fr. Perrone case

In 2020, a court awarded him $125K due to defamation

Pope speaks at Biden’s two-day online climate summit

Also invited: presidents, PMs, gov't officials, financiers

Quebec court upholds much of religious-symbols ban

Which affects public employees; bishop foresees appeal

Catholic agency: 34 million people 'on verge of famine'

Calls for funding & global ceasefire to avert major crisis

UK: Art historians aim to save mosaic in closed church

Rare fresco-mosaic blend, by Hungarian-Jewish artist

April 21

Religious freedom violated for 67% of world population

ACN: Christians are most often targeted by persecution

Biden admin. appeals to keep transgender mandate

After two fed. judges ruled against it in 2019 and 2020

Pope to soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's CDW successor?

Reform plans refer to a Vatican II 'liturgical sensitivity'

Humanist group strips Richard Dawkins of 1996 award

For implying that trans & race-based 'identities' are fake

Catholic schools serving blacks are more likely to close

NCEA: Of 147 closed schools, 34 were majority-minority

Anthropologist Jane Goodall: Pope is ‘reason for hope’

His stand on environment 'has made a big difference'