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  • US bishops outraged by Obama’s order on LGBT employees

    Jul 23, 2014 9:09

    US bishops outraged by Obama’s order on LGBT employees

    (CWN) Referring to the “irrefutable rightness of your cause,” President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning federal employment discrimination against transgendered persons and prohibiting “all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT […]

     
  • Pope names U.S. bishops’ top ecumenical officer to advise Vatican council

    Jul 23, 2014 9:01

    Pope names U.S. bishops’ top ecumenical officer to advise Vatican council

    (CNS) Among the new members and consultants Pope Francis named to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is Father John W. Crossin, the executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic […]

     
  • Irish priests back Pope Francis’ comments on end to celibacy

    Jul 22, 2014 2:25

    Irish priests back Pope Francis’ comments on end to celibacy

    (Independent.ie) The Pontiff’s views have been hailed as “refreshing” and “uplifting” by a large number of priests here. “It’s a new way of looking at things and it makes total sense,” Fr Seamus Ahearne of the Association of Catholic Priests […]

     
  • Hundreds mourn Australian nun who died in the MH17 plane tragedy

    Jul 22, 2014 2:00

    Hundreds mourn Australian nun who died in the MH17 plane tragedy

    (Ecumenical News) Hundreds of hundred mourners crowded St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in east Sydney on Saturday to pay tribute to Sister Philomene Tiernan, one of the victims of the recent MH17 plane tragedy. Tiernan, a staff member at Kincoppal-Rose […]

     
  • The Irish priest behind Vatican’s digital miracle

    Jul 21, 2014 6:30

    The Irish priest behind Vatican’s digital miracle

    (Independent) A Mexican psychologist, a British peer and an Irishman walk into the Vatican. That line might just read like there’s a jokey punchline coming (there’s not), but the Vatican’s latest attempt to reform its communications involves such an international […]

     
  • John L. Allen Jr.: ‘FOBs’ driving the train under Pope Francis

    Jul 21, 2014 6:06

    John L. Allen Jr.: ‘FOBs’ driving the train under Pope Francis

    (Boston Globe) During the Clinton administration, American politics developed a new bit of argot: “FOB,” meaning “friend of Bill,” an intimate of the president who enjoyed access to the corridors of power and perhaps helped shape his agenda. Today Catholicism […]