April 25, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 13
Virginia Bishops denounce Governor’s vetoes on life legislation
On April 11, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, Diocese of Richmond, and Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Diocese of Arlington, issued the following joint statement:
Over the past two weeks, Governor Terry McAuliffe made three decisions that contradict life and liberty at their core.
Msgr. Thomas Shreve to celebrate 55 years of priesthood
After being a priest for 55 years, Msgr. Thomas Shreve has obviously spent many hours visiting hospital patients and parishioners who are homebound or are in nursing homes.
Three ordained to diaconate April 16
As he rejoiced in the ordination of three young men to the transitional diaconate on their path to priesthood, Bishop DiLorenzo said the Catholic lay faithful will be well served as consumers of their religious experience in the ministry of these men.
French Food Festival to benefit Little Sisters of the Poor
Richmond’s annual French Food Festival, which benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor, will be held this year on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Home, 1503 Michaels Rd.
Fitting the pieces together: Lent, Holy Week, the Triduum and Easter
The observance of the holiest days in the Church’s calendar is a profession of Christian faith: “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3)
Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Religious groups say ‘yes’ to Supreme Court’s idea on contraceptive coverage
The religious nonprofits challenging their participation in the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act agreed with a U.S. Supreme Court proposal that such coverage be provided through an alternative health care plan without involving the religious employers in a legal brief filed with the court.
Pew survey tracks effect of faith on Americans’ everyday lives
A new Pew Research Center study of Americans across the religious spectrum finds that faith plays a measurable role in how people live their everyday lives.
Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families
Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love and the family invites the church to see the daily struggles of families as an opportunity to encounter people the way Jesus encountered people with mercy throughout his life, Catholic observers said.
Supreme Court hears arguments on Obama's deferred deportation programs
All eyes are once again on what seems to be an evenly divided Supreme Court, which heard oral arguments April 18 in a major case impacting a U.S. immigration policy.
Exhortation develops, doesn’t change doctrine, Cardinal says
Pope Francis’ document on the family reflects an “organic development” of church teaching and doctrine, said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, theologian and participant in both synods that dealt with the topic.
Poll respondents back Little Sisters of Poor in government dispute
According to a Marist Poll survey, a majority of Americans say it is “unfair” how the federal government is treating the Little Sisters of the Poor in the ongoing dispute over compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive mandate.
Dorothy Day: working for a Christian moral order
Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is “a tall order for us to live up to,” her granddaughter Martha Hennessy said during a presentation at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Newport News April 4.