Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

After a mob tore down statues, including a figure of St. Junípero Serra statue, in a San Francisco park, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was joined by several dozen Catholics Saturday in prayer and acts of spiritual reparation. “Evil has made itself present here. So we have gathered together to pray for God, to ask the saints…for…
Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue; Muslim Action Network “take this thing down”

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue; Muslim Action Network “take this thing down”

Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday. Umar Lee, an organizer of the protests, said June 27 that the statue “is gonna come down,” reported Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.…
More than 200 Citizens and Catholics Protect City’s Namesake Statue from Mob in St. Louis

More than 200 Citizens and Catholics Protect City’s Namesake Statue from Mob in St. Louis

CNA—According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some 200 people were at the protest on Saturday. Catholics defending the statue at the protest prayed the rosary and sang, and several police officers separated them from the protesters. The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday released a statement defending the city’s namesake, amid calls from activists to…
Saint statue vandalized at Ukrainian Catholic cathedral in Canada

Saint statue vandalized at Ukrainian Catholic cathedral in Canada

St. Vladimir died of old age in 1015, but his modern-day statue in Canada met a much more gruesome end. The rector of Sts Volodymyr and Olga Cathedral in Winnipeg said he is “devastated” after a statue of St. Vladimir was found decapitated Tuesday. The head, along with pieces of the statue’s staff, are still…
Cross and graves vandalized at Catholic university cemetery

Cross and graves vandalized at Catholic university cemetery

CNA—A man has been arrested and charged with vandalism and assault after  swastikas were painted on the graves of several Dominican friars and a security guard was assaulted at Catholic college on Monday evening.  A statement from Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., and Fr. Kenneth Sicard, O.P., the president and president-elect of Providence College, Rhode Island,…
Catholic priests and Orthodox Jews sue New York’s Cuomo, de Blasio in Federal Court Over Discriminatory Orders & “Pseudo-Scientific” Reopening Plan

Catholic priests and Orthodox Jews sue New York’s Cuomo, de Blasio in Federal Court Over Discriminatory Orders & “Pseudo-Scientific” Reopening Plan

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, his Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by two Catholic priests from upstate New York and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants from Brooklyn for violation of civil rights by prejudicial orders and selective enforcement. The federal lawsuit, filed June 10,…
Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

CNA—The governor of Delaware has amended controversial restrictions on houses of worship after a local church threatened a lawsuit.  In an updated guidance released by Gov. John Carney (D) on the evening of June 2, the number of people who are allowed to gather in a house of worship was adjusted to match that of…
Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

CNA—Churches in Dane County, Wisconsin, will be permitted to operate at 25% capacity, it was announced Friday, after the Diocese of Madison threatened to sue if previous reopening plans were not changed. “Emergency Order #4 makes a clarification with respect to religious services,” said a release from Dane County on Friday.  “Religious worship services will…
Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on future guidelines for church reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday,…
Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

CNA—An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the celebration of the Mass.  Howard County Executive Order #2020-09 outlines the…
Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

CMN—The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to our faith lives and to our public worship,” said a…
Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

faithwire—A pastor in Chicago said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon when armed police officers began banging on the doors of his sanctuary. The cops were sent by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said in early May she was “watching” and ready to arrest and jail anyone going to a “large or…
Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

In Minnesota, a coalition of Twin Cities faith organizations and local businesses sued and called on Gov. Tim Walz to end what it calls an unconstitutional and draconian scheme to close businesses and places of worship.  This lawsuit says it all The Minnesota lawsuit states, in part, that Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic unfairly…
Open Churches and Houses of Worship Now, Trump says

Open Churches and Houses of Worship Now, Trump says

May 22, 2020—“Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said in today’s White House press briefing. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship, it’s not right,” he continued. “So…
Little Sisters of the Poor (“David”) vs. Obama Care (“Goliath”) , Back in Court

Little Sisters of the Poor (“David”) vs. Obama Care (“Goliath”) , Back in Court

Practicing Catholics and small- to mid-sized business leaders in the U.S. breathed a sigh of relief when the Little Sisters of the Poor finally won their battle against Obama care in the Supreme Court.  As you recall, the nuns fought the forced mandate triggered by Obama’s and Pelosi’s healthcare mandate to violate the nuns’ faith,…
Churches sue California Governor and others citing unfair lockdown

Churches sue California Governor and others citing unfair lockdown

A Christian congregation in Chula Vista, California, and its pastor are suing Governor Gavin Newsom and other officials for unconstitutional stay-at-home orders and actions during the coronavirus pandemic. After weeks of mandatory isolation to stop the spread of COVID-19, Governor Newsom has begun a four-stage plan to “reopen” California’s economy.  Retail and supporting manufacturing are…
Las Cruces bishop first in US to resume public Masses amid pandemic

Las Cruces bishop first in US to resume public Masses amid pandemic

CNA—The Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has lifted a diocesan ban on the public celebration of Mass, issued guidelines for distribution of Holy Communion, and told priests they may resume sacramental ministry if they follow state-ordered health precautions. “We [as priests] have been called by Christ and ordained to serve the people of the…
‘Freed because of Jesus’- Asia Bibi shares her story

‘Freed because of Jesus’- Asia Bibi shares her story

Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Catholic woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy against Islam.  After more than eight years in prison, she was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018. “I was accused because of the name of Jesus and I knew I would be freed because of Jesus,”…
California Renews Mandate Forcing Churches and Christian Groups to Fund Abortions

California Renews Mandate Forcing Churches and Christian Groups to Fund Abortions

The state of California is renewing a mandate that forces churches and Christian groups to pay for killing babies in abortions. Last month, President Donald Trump took action against the California over its requirement that private health insurance plans pay for abortions. The requirement essentially forces churches and Christian groups that are pro-life to fund…
Worth Hearing: Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen speaks clearly on China-Vatican arrangement

Worth Hearing: Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen speaks clearly on China-Vatican arrangement

Earlier in 2019, the very sharp and prayerful Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on the World Over.  The interview is clear, frank and very helpful in understanding the truth about Catholics in China, and the consequences of the China-Vatican arrangement.  In case you missed it, we bring…