Category: National and International

Rector of Montreal oratory stabbed during televised Mass

MONTREAL | Father Claude Grou, rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, was stabbed during a Mass March 22. The motive for the attack remains unknown. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition, said a statement from the Archdiocese of Montreal. During the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the crypt, a… Read more »

Faith and generosity sustain flood victims in Omaha Archdiocese

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — For Naoma Borgmann, the first sign of trouble was the look on her husband’s face. Although 60-mile-per-hour winds were howling and 4- to 5-foot waves were crashing on the banks of the Missouri River near their home March 13, it was the sight of the water on the ground that shocked… Read more »

West Virginia’s attorney general files suit against diocese, bishop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (CNS) — The attorney general of West Virginia has brought a civil suit against the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, citing provisions of the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act. The filing says that based on its investigation, the state attorney general’s office claims that… Read more »

Order explains transfer of nun who spoke against rape-accused bishop in India

Muvattupuzha, India, Mar 11, 2019 / 05:42 pm (CNA).- Last month a provincial superior of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation explained that the recent transfer of Sister Lissy Vadakkel was unrelated to her acting as a witness in the case against a bishop accused of serially raping another nun. Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur was accused… Read more »

Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB president, ‘resting comfortably’ after suffering mild stroke

HOUSTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to the hospital late March 15 after experiencing symptoms of what tests March 16 confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement. “The cardinal was resting comfortably and conversing with associates, doctors and nurses,”… Read more »

At memorial Mass, CRS remembers four employees who died in plane crash

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Approximately 480 men and women work at the Baltimore headquarters of Catholic Relief Services, the overseas aid and development agency of U.S. Catholics. None were more affected than Yishak “Isaac” Affin and Atli Moges by the March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash that took the lives of all 157 on board — including… Read more »

After attacks, New Zealand bishops tell Muslims: ‘We hold you in prayer’

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (CNS) — New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed. The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where 7 were killed…. Read more »

Georgetown University troubled by coach’s involvement in college scam

WASHINGTON | Officials at Georgetown University were “deeply troubled” to learn that the school’s former tennis coach, Gordon Ernst, is alleged to be part of a widespread college admissions scandal. He is one of at least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including celebrity moms, charged March 12 in the scandal that involved bribing college… Read more »

California bishops applaud governor for moratorium on death penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | The Catholic bishops of California welcomed the March 13 decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. “We appreciate this recognition that the state has the adequate means to defend human dignity and public safety without recourse to capital punishment,” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said in a statement on behalf of the… Read more »

Cardinal Pell’s victim questions six-year jail sentence, fears appeal

SYDNEY | A man Cardinal George Pell was convicted of sexually assaulting said he is finding it hard to “take comfort” in the cardinal’s six-year jail sentence because a request to appeal the conviction is due to be heard June 5. The father of the other victim, now deceased, expressed his disappointment with the sentence,… Read more »