Keep the hierarchy

Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an unsigned editorial titled: “Keep the hierarchy” which appeared online May 22 on the website of The Tablet, newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.

Vatican names Filipino boy who died at 17 Servant of God

A Filipino teenager who died could be on his way to sainthood after the Vatican declared him a Servant of God, the first step in the process toward sainthood.

Prenatal diagnosis of illness is no excuse for abortion, pope says

“Abortion is never the answer” to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said.

‘Conferral of the Pallium’ pilgrimage to Rome fast approaches

The pilgrimage to Rome, Italy to celebrate the historic occasion of the conferral of the pallium to Archbishop Michael Byrnes from Pope Francis is three weeks away.

Pope: Through the Holy Spirit, God’s word can tear down divisive walls

When the Holy Spirit speaks to men and women through the word of those who evangelize, it ignites a power strong enough to break down the barriers that divide the human family, Pope Francis said.

Missouri could become first state where no abortions can be performed

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has told Planned Parenthood officials it will not renew its St. Louis clinic’s license expiring May 31 unless the clinic makes changes to comply with various state health regulations.

Prayer not possible without Holy Spirit, pope says at audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Holy Spirit gives Christians the courage and the strength needed to engage in a...

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable...

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows Medjugorje pilgrimages

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.

Christian life impossible without the Holy Spirit, pope says

Christians must allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit if they expect to live a Christian life, Pope Francis said.

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