The 2019 archive of Daily News

Father Richard Kunst: If you are a crank or grump, read this

Posted by Megan Muhich

Both the Old and New Testament make it pretty clear that we are to love our neighbor, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have to like everyone. We are to love everyone, because every person is created in the image of God, but it is ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Can we have a sense of humor about God?

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God — inwardly or outwardly — words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name.” My issue is ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: The family is God’s gift to creation

Posted by Megan Muhich

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has a prayer intention for each month of the year. For August, the pope’s intention is: Families, Schools of Human Growth. That families through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.” Bishop Paul SirbaFiat Voluntas Tua

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'Positio' for Father Flanagan's cause presented to Vatican congregation

Posted by Megan Muhich

The sainthood cause of Father Edward J. Flanagan took a step forward July 22 with the presentation of the "positio" to the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes, along with a letter of support from Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas. Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., watches Omar Gutierrez ... Read More »

Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

Posted by Megan Muhich

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced July 15 it would begin implementing the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" to bar Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning.

On July 11, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 7-4 ... Read More »

Administration to apply 'third country' rule for asylum-seekers

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim "third country rule" requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country. A migrant and her daughter rest outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in ... Read More »

Poor Clare marks silver jubilee; she traded in hoops for life of prayer

Posted by Megan Muhich

The last time Poor Clare Sister Rose Marie of the Queen of Angels hugged her mom or other family members was in 1994 when she made her solemn profession of vows to her religious order.

In June, when she renewed her solemn vows, more than 120 friends and family ... Read More »

Census to go forward without citizenship question

Posted by Megan Muhich

In a July 11 announcement from the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said he was ending his efforts to add a citizenship question to the census and would instead direct federal agencies by executive order to provide data about the country's citizens and noncitizens to the U.S. Commerce Department. ... Read More »

Pope mourns death of French patient after doctors withhold care

Posted by Megan Muhich

"Every life is valuable, always," Pope Francis tweeted after offering prayers for Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old French man who died July 11, nine days after doctors stopped providing him with nutrition and hydration. Pierre and Viviane Lambert leave Sebastopol Hospital in Reims, France, July 9. In early July, French ... Read More »

Praising God for gift of creation leads to respect for it, pope says

Posted by Megan Muhich

Human beings are called to praise God for his gift of creation, not be predators out to plunder the earth and all it contains, Pope Francis said. This is an aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon at the Bom Futuro National Forest in Porto Velho, Brazil, ... Read More »