Capuchin Father Michael James O’Shea, 93, died Jan. 16. He entered the Capuchin Order on Oct. 3, 1946 at Rochestown, Ireland where he received the habit and given the religious name Venantius. He professed his Solemn Vows on Oct. 4, 1950 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1954 at Capuchin Friary, County Donegal.
A banging drum and snapping firecrackers announced the start of Church of the Visitacion’s celebration of the second day of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday that marks the traditional start of spring.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholics need to be on guard against allowing the angry rhetoric that comes from a polarized society, especially in an election year, to seep into discussions about the life of the church, Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops.
VATICAN CITY -- If many Catholics marry today without fully understanding the permanence of their bond and the grace of the sacrament, it partly is the fault of bishops and priests who did not give them the best teachers -- committed married couples filled with the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.
LONDON -- Sex is reserved for married heterosexual couples, new pastoral guidance from the Church of England has affirmed. The new guidance also draws a clear distinction between marriage and civil partnerships, noting that sexual relations are not proper to the latter.
KRAKOW, Poland -- Seventy-five years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the Catholic bishops of Europe condemned racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism, calling for a renewed human commitment to peace, and forgiveness.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration has said that California state policies violate federal law for requiring abortion coverage in religious groups’ health insurance plans – a mandate that Catholic leaders had charged “directly targeted” Catholic universities that had stopped paying for employees’ elective abortions.
Kathy Folan had many dreams as a young philosophy student at the University of San Francisco in the 1990s. Sharing a stage one day with the child she conceived in a sexual assault and telling their story to a crowd of thousands was surely not one of them.
WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis "has our backs" in the pro-life cause, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, said to applause in his Jan. 23 homily at the opening Mass of the National Vigil for Life.