Catholics

South Korea Claims Pope Francis Wants Invite to North Korea

Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top officials claimed on Thursday that Pope Francis was interested in visiting North Korea following a meeting between the head of the Catholic church and the head of state at the Vatican.

Pope ready to visit Pyongyang if invited: S.Korea's Moon

Catholics Call for Investigation, Resignation of Pope Francis

A growing number of American Catholics are calling for an investigation into the allegations that Pope Francis ignored Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s record of sexually abusing priests, seminarians, and laypeople, including minors. Some Catholics are even calling for the pope to resign.

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Duterte Attacks God 24 Hours After Promising Not To, Says ‘Sorry, God’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte once again warned on Tuesday that he would attack God if anyone invoked his name against him, less than a day after the president had come to an agreement with Philippine Catholic leaders to stop assailing the religion of most of his country.

Philippines' Duterte could extend rule under draft constitution

China Brainwashing Priests at ‘Patriotic’ Training Courses

The Chinese Communist Party, under Xi Jinping, has expanded its religious crackdown on Islam and Christianity to Taoism. In a column Friday, the Global Times cites a “patriotic” Taoist priest who insists the native Chinese religion is not Chinese enough without “core socialist values.”

On Ash Wednesday, China Catholics mull Vatican-Beijing ties

As Rodrigo Duterte Kisses Profanity Goodbye, Here Are Five of His Worst Tirades

Before Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had established a reputation as the most potty-mouthed head of state in the world. Insulting diplomats, presidents, and priests in equal measure, Duterte had shown a complete lack of diplomatic tact during his short tenure, beginning in June.

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John Zmirak: Trump’s Immigration Stand Is More Catholic than Hillary’s

One of the crucial constituencies in the upcoming election is the Catholic vote, which could be decisive. Swing states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio could turn on how Catholics decide to pull the lever. Recent reports have shown that a surprising percentage of church-going Catholics are leaning toward Hillary Clinton—the most pro-abortion candidate in U.S. history, a woman who has actually called for Christians to be somehow reprogrammed out of our objections to abortion, and who has backed each of the Obama administration’s attacks on religious freedom.

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World Youth Day: Teach Children About Martyrs

Quite probably, the Islamic State-inspired assassins who cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel in St. Étienne-du-Rouvray, France, on Tuesday did not know that one effect of their act would be to cast a pall over World Youth Day, but that’s nevertheless exactly what’s happened.

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Influential Catholic Group Condemns Donald Trump

An influential Catholic website has issued a lengthy manifesto condemning the candidacy of Donald Trump for the GOP nomination. Catholic Vote is run by Chicagoan Brian Burch and is a go-to place for conservative Catholics involved in Church and secular politics. The statement is a bill of indictment that faithful Catholics cannot and should not support Trump.

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