Archbishop announces his archdiocese won’t take part in global synodal process, citing ‘ideological’ risk

Archbishop announces his archdiocese won’t take part in global synodal process, citing ‘ideological’ risk

CNA—A Catholic leader has said that his archdiocese won’t take part in the two-year global synodal process, saying that it would run “the risk of becoming ideological.” Archbishop Wolfgang Haas of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, announced his decision on Oct. 15, 2021. “I am of the opinion that in our small archdiocese it is possible for good…

Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship, Supreme Court rulings for California and More

Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship, Supreme Court rulings for California and More

CNA—A Kansas City-area Baptist megachurch has reached a $150,000 settlement with the county over coronavirus restrictions, with the church claiming that the county treated them more harshly than secular institutions when it came to COVID protocols.  Abundant Life Baptist Church, which has locations in Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs, Missouri, filed a lawsuit against Jackson…

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

CNA—Pope Francis greeted a Colombian nun on Sunday, shortly after she was freed four years after being kidnapped by Islamists in Mali. The pope blessed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti before a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica launching a worldwide synodal process. The Malian presidency announced that she was released on Oct. 9 after “four…

OBIT: Hank Evers, whose life continues to inspire

OBIT: Hank Evers, whose life continues to inspire

In November of 2020, Santiago Retreat Center Vice President of Philanthropy and our Brother in Christ Hank Evers was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer.  During this past year, we walked with Hank on his heroic Camino of suffering, made particularly difficult by the Covid restrictions on healthcare facilities. Doctor visits, hospital stays, chemo infusions, all…

The Battle of Lepanto: The Battle that Saved Christian West and A Lesson for Our Times

The Battle of Lepanto: The Battle that Saved Christian West and A Lesson for Our Times

On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, more than on any other feast day, I feel especially emboldened in faith and hope, no matter what the anti-common sense, anti-life, anti-Christian news of the day!  The reason is simple.  The power of praying the Rosary was manifest in such a remarkable, historical…

INSPIRATION: The Prison of Your Mind

INSPIRATION: The Prison of Your Mind

Sean Stephenson delivered a talk to inmates at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California, several years ago that absollutely inspires, no matter where you are. No matter what circumstances or challenges you face right now. He cuts through all the muck and challenges of life to squarely focus on going forward. Need inspiration? Sean’s talk…

Judge Who Made David Daleiden Pay Millions for Exposing Planned Parenthood Caught Breaking the Law

Judge Who Made David Daleiden Pay Millions for Exposing Planned Parenthood Caught Breaking the Law

Lifesite News—A federal judge who fined undercover journalist David Daleiden $16 million for exposing Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby body parts trade is facing accusations of illegal and unethical financial connections to a party in one of his cases. The Wall Street Journal identified U.S. District Judge William Orrick, of California, as one of 131 federal judges who broke…

Make Schools Local Again

Make Schools Local Again

National Review—Breaking up large districts would restrain teachers’ unions.  The many lessons of the COVID pandemic have included an unwelcome one for public-school parents about the outsized power of American teachers’ unions. Even as private schools remained open or reopened, almost half of public-school districts in the United States continued with “hybrid” learning — the unproven…

Abortion doctor sued under Texas abortion law, but two men filing the lawsuits under strange circumstances

Abortion doctor sued under Texas abortion law, but two men filing the lawsuits under strange circumstances

CNA—A Texas abortion doctor who said he performed an abortion in violation of a new state law was sued Monday by two non-Texas residents, in what appears to be the first legal action taken since the law took effect this month. A Texas pro-life group has criticized the lawsuits, however, calling them “imprudent” and “self-serving.”…

CATHOLIC PROFILE: Justice Clarence Thomas Credits Catholic Nuns’ Anti-Racist Example

CATHOLIC PROFILE: Justice Clarence Thomas Credits Catholic Nuns’ Anti-Racist Example

CNA—Catholic nuns and his grandparents’ example helped instill in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas the belief that all people were children of God and that the racist flaws of American society were a betrayal of its best promises, the Justice said in a lecture Thursday. “My nuns and my grandparents lived out their sacred vocation…

Quick Facts About the Miracle of Liquefaction of the Blood of Saint Januarius

Quick Facts About the Miracle of Liquefaction of the Blood of Saint Januarius

On Sept. 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Januarius, bishop, martyr, and patron saint of Naples, Italy. Traditionally, on this day and on two other occasions a year, his blood, which is kept in a glass ampoule in the shape of a rounded cruet, liquifies. According to documentation cited by the Italian…

St. Januarius’ blood liquefies for the second time in 2021

St. Januarius’ blood liquefies for the second time in 2021

CNA—The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the Italian city of Naples, liquefied on Sunday. The miraculous event took place in the city’s Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary during morning Mass on Sept. 19, 2021, the saint’s feast day. Before the Mass, Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia went to the Royal Chapel of the Treasure…

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

CNA—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries is “a distortion of conscience” which has also entered some Catholic circles. In an introduction to a new anthology of his writings on Europe, Benedict XVI said that “with the legalization of ‘same-sex marriage’ in 16 European countries, the issue…

9/11—Twenty Years Ago: Never Forget, Never Take Our Freedom For Granted

9/11—Twenty Years Ago: Never Forget, Never Take Our Freedom For Granted

Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it.  Let’s make sure our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, are learning real history in school… so that we NEVER FORGET, Never take our freedoms for granted! Yes we are called to live in Christ-centered Courage, self-discipline, love, hope.  We are called to…

The Texas Heartbeat Act: Quick Facts

The Texas Heartbeat Act: Quick Facts

The Texas Heartbeat Act: Quick Facts The Texas Heartbeat Act prohibits elective abortions after an unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected. An unborn child’s heartbeat can be detected by six weeks. Before an abortion occurs, the abortionist must determine whether the child’s heartbeat is present using methods according to standard medical practice. If a heartbeat…

GOD BLESS TEXAS: The First State to Ban Abortions in 49 Years!

GOD BLESS TEXAS: The First State to Ban Abortions in 49 Years!

Sept 2, 2021 update— Late last night, the U.S. Supreme Court DENIED an emergency motion filed by Planned Parenthood to stop enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act while lower-court litigation continues. It was a 5-4 decision, with Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett in the majority. Chief Justice Roberts joined the liberal minority. You…

Firsthand Report: Afghan Doctor Recounts Family Escape and Tragedy

France24—French-Afghan doctor Mohammed Zahed Omar talks to FRANCE 24 about his dramatic escape from the Afghan capital and his fears for those unable to escape the Taliban. A doctor and pharmacist based in France, Omar was visiting family in Afghanistan when Taliban forces suddenly swept into Kabul on August 15, abruptly ending the country’s two-decade-long…

Private Citizen Raise More Than $20 Million in Three Days to Rescue Christians in Afghanistan

Private Citizen Raise More Than $20 Million in Three Days to Rescue Christians in Afghanistan

Private citizen and entrepreneurial news personality Glen Beck raised more than $20 MILLION IN LESS THAN THREE DAYS—all donated from other private citizens—to rescue Christians in Afghanistan immediately. Beck asked listeners to “give until it hurts,” whether it be $10 or $100 or more, and launched the plea with his personal donation of $100,000.  The…

Invitation & Resources: How Big Tech Censors Religious Voices, and How to Fight Back

Invitation & Resources: How Big Tech Censors Religious Voices, and How to Fight Back

Big Tech’s censorship of religious voices has continued. Napa Legal joins the Ethics and Public Policy Center to continue spotlighting this issue in an event discussing How Big Tech Censors Religious Voices, How to Fight Back.  In this special online event from the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) and Napa Legal, EPPC Policy Analyst Clare Morell interviews…

Cardinal Burke off COVID-19 ventilator and back in hospital room, family says

Cardinal Burke off COVID-19 ventilator and back in hospital room, family says

CNA—Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke has been removed from a ventilator and will move from the ICU to a hospital room as he continues to battle COVID-19. According to an Aug. 21 update on the cardinal’s health, Burke was able to speak by phone with his sister on Saturday morning and “expressed his deep gratitude for…