The February 2015 archive of Daily News

Poll shows majority support for religious freedom in marriage debate

Posted by Kyle Eller

A recent Associated Press poll shows that while a plurality of Americans support the legalization of same-sex marriage, a majority believe that the religious liberty of those who object to such marriages, including owners of wedding-related businesses, should still be respected.

The poll, which was conducted between Jan. 1 ... Read More »

Martyrs in Libya ‘whispered’ name of Jesus before death, bishop says

Posted by Kyle Eller

The 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State militants died as martyrs, invoking the name of Jesus, said an Egyptian Catholic bishop.

In line with Pope Francis’ assertion at morning Mass Feb. 17, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides news agency that the “diabolical” ... Read More »

How Catholics, Lent, and bowls of rice are changing the world

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program aims to continue its 40-year Lenten tradition of supporting hunger relief — and one of its past beneficiaries is now a spokesman for the project.

“Many years ago when I was a hungry boy in Ghana and living without parents or family, the ... Read More »

Return with tears to God’s loving embrace during Lent, pope says

Posted by Kyle Eller

Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill.After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St. Anselm ... Read More »

USCCB’s Lenten resources help Catholics raise up, sacrifice and offer

Posted by Kyle Eller

A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, this year February 18, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

With the theme “Raise Up. Sacrifice. Offer,” resources include video reflections on Lenten themes, a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from ... Read More »

Pope Francis speaks about openness to life

Posted by Kyle Eller

In his general audience Feb. 11, Pope Francis spoke during his weekly general audience about societies that are selfish and unwilling to have children. His comments are making waves in the media, so as always, it's a good idea to hear what he had to say for yourself. A ... Read More »

Catholics urged to remember ‘common good’ in vaccine debate

Posted by Kyle Eller

A nationwide measles outbreak that began at an amusement park in Southern California has fostered an ongoing debate about people's social obligation to have themselves and their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella and other diseases.

According to the latest figure from the Centers for Disease Control, the ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Ashes, of course, but there's more to get from Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Years ago one of my seminary professors cited a study listing the most well-attended Masses of the year. The first two were obvious -- Christmas and Easter -- but the third and fourth most attended Masses were a bit of a surprise to me at the time. They were ... Read More »

'Fifty Shades of Grey' called 'direct assault' on marriage, morality

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Service -- The new movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is "a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people," Cincinnati's archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese.

"We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and ... Read More »

Annual Together for Life Banquet yields amazing adoption stories, an award and big news

Posted by Kyle Eller

The fourth annual Together for Life Banquet, hosted by Guiding Star Duluth, brought in a national speaker, gave Hibbing's Gail Checco of Blessed Sacrament its annual pro-life award and, for good measure, dropped news on a major new pro-life initiative in the region.

The annual Together for Life event ... Read More »