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Reinstatement of Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension affirmed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's power - a major point of contention for the NFL players' union....
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.It is an appointment that moved Bishop Rice, who said in an April 26 press release that “I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful for his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”He extended to Pope Francis “the prayers and love” of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s clergy, religious and laity, and voiced his excitement to work alongside his fellow priests in “spreading the beauty of our Catholic Faith in the spirit of the New Evangelization” in his new role.Bishop Rice said he leaves Archdiocese of St. Louis, headed by Archbishop Robert Carlson with “a grateful heart” after having spent 29 years there as a priest and nine as an auxiliary bishop....
Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, urging that "perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation", according to an internal SSPX document that was leaked to the press in recent weeks.The memo, titled “Considerations on the Church and the position of the Society of Saint Pius X in it”, outlines six reasons why the group should accept an offer of regularization by Pope Francis, provided "an appropriate ecclesial structure" is ensured. It also addresses possible objections raised against such a move.“It seems the time to normalize the situation of the Society has come,” the memo reads.The document,...
An Indian delegation of Bishops met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 25 in New Delhi and asked to personally lead a group to the September canonization ceremony of Mother Teresa at the Vatican. The delegation included Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Indian bishops' conference,  Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi , the conference's secretary-general, and Father Joseph Chinnayyan, deputy secretary-general.The Prime Minister "appreciated the sentiments of the bishops and assured that he would favorably consider the proposal," Father Chinnayyan said. The group also asked the prime minister to formally invite Pope Francis to visit India.The church delegation also thanked Modi for the government’s continued efforts to rescue Salesain Father Tom Uzunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen early March. They requested the prime minister to "personally intervene for the safe release" of the priest.The CBCI delegation welcome...
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives....
DALLAS (AP) -- Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend....
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The growing number of patients who claim marijuana helped them drop their painkiller habit has intrigued lawmakers and emboldened advocates, who are pushing for cannabis as a treatment for the abuse of opioids and illegal narcotics like heroin, as well as an alternative to painkillers....
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kelly Ripa returned to her daytime talk show Tuesday after time off to "gather (her) thoughts" after learning her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving, saying the incident had started a conversation about workplace respect....
IMAGE: CNS photo/Jose Jacome, EPA, ReutersBy QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) -- Catholicagencies are beginning to build temporary shelters for thousands offamilies in Ecuador made homeless by the South American country's worst naturaldisaster in nearly seven decades. As the death toll continues toclimb following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, which struck near the town of Muisneon the Pacific Coast April 16, officials are assessing the scope of the damageand working to provide humanitarian aid to the estimated 350,000 people whowere affected, including 26,000 who were left without homes. Churchorganizations have been distributing food, drinking water and mattresses, whiletrying to establish contact with small communities that were cut off when roadsand telephone lines were destroyed. "We're now up to 696 deathsand you can tell the psychosocial impact is serious,'' said Thomas Hollywood,director of Catholic Relief Services in South America. "They're trying tofigure out what to do next. But the pop...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Tony Gentile, ReutersBy Junno Arocho EstevesVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sharing and celebrating the joy offaith with thousands of Catholic teenagers from around the globe was a raremoment that not many people are able to experience, a U.S. teen said. "It was a different atmosphere than what I'm used to,but it's good because it shows that the beauty of the Catholic Church isthere," Emily Sullivan told Catholic News Service April 25. Emily, her brother Ryan and parents Matt and Susan, camefrom North Carolina to participate in the Year of Mercy celebration for young teens April 23-24in Rome. Both siblings, who are preparing to receive the sacrament ofconfirmation, saidthat despite the language barrier, they were able to join in singing andpraying during the April 23 youth rally at Rome's Olympic Stadium."It was awesome; the energy was insane," Emilysaid. "The people knew all the lyrics and they were jamming out. So wecame up with a couple of words that we could sing along. ...
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