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Catholic duo reach number 1 on Apple’s podcast rankings

IF great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple’s podcast rankings, they never would have landed on The Bible in a Year, joked Jeff Cavins, a biblical scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline. Yet, two weeks into 2021, The Bible in a Year with Fr Mike Schmitz tops the ... Read More »

Second Catholic president causes some to celebrate, gives others anxiety

JOE Biden became the second Catholic to be inaugurated as president of the United States on January 20, giving some US Catholics and their religious leaders a reason to rejoice and others to fear more access to abortion under his leadership. As Mr Biden placed his hand on the Bible and was sworn in as the 46th president of the ... Read More »

Clergy abuse survivors face a lifetime of recurrence of PTSD

CLEVELAND (CNS) — New job in hand, Jim Richter was adjusting well to life in Minneapolis several months after leaving his hometown of Chicago. He was enjoying his fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center despite the long hours and he was coming to realize his move was a good one. Sexually abused as a teenager by a South ... Read More »

Report’s X-ray look into U.S. abuse scandal digs up pain, hope in transparency

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s unusual transparency in a report detailing the ascent to power of former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, despite top church officials’ knowledge of his sexual abuses, brought feelings of betrayal and hurt after its Nov. 10 release. “As I read the #McCarrick report I am disgusted,” tweeted Juan Carlos Cruz, a survivor of clergy ... Read More »

The Life Ahead

NEW YORK (CNS) — Six years after her most recent role in her son Edoardo Ponti’s film “Human Voice,” fabled actress Sophia Loren returns to the screen in “The Life Ahead” (Netflix). Already playing in theaters, the Italian-language drama, subtitled in English, will be available on the streaming service beginning Nov. 13. The pleasure with which viewers might otherwise greet ... Read More »

Knights of Malta elect new head for one-year term

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago, a native of Brescia, Italy, and a member of the order since 1975, as its interim head. A statement released by the order Nov. 8 said Luzzago was elected to a one-year term as the order’s new lieutenant of the grand master. “The newly elected head of ... Read More »

Church in Trinidad advocates planting crops to boost food security

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CNS) — Archbishop Jason Gordon of Port of Spain has been calling on people to grow more food in recent months. His encouragement has been particularly urgent following widespread job losses in Trinidad beginning with a state-ordered lockdown in March in response to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. Thousands of new clients have flocked to Catholic ... Read More »

Eta deluges Central America, Mexico, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Eta, which deluged Central America, claimed at least 50 lives and caused widespread flooding and property damage. After reciting the Angelus Nov. 8, he referred to a flag in the audience and said, “I see a flag there that makes me think of the people of Central ... Read More »

Biden quotes priest’s hymn ‘On Eagle’s Wings’ in victory speech

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Father Michael Joncas was watching President-elect Joe Biden’s victory speech Nov. 7, but not even he was expecting Biden to quote from his well-known hymn “On Eagle’s Wings.” Biden gave an fairly lengthy introduction to the hymn in his remarks. “In the last days of the campaign, I began thinking about a hymn that means a lot ... Read More »

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