"She Used A Birkin As Her Book Bag": People Are Sharing Infuriating Stories About Out-Of-Touch Rich Students At Their Expensive Schools
"Two students couldn't decide if Bali or Cabo was a better place to vacation. They were only first graders in a really expensive Catholic school, btw."news.yahoo.com
San Antonio Four become advocates in West Texas murder case
Known as the San Antonio Four at the time, the Latina lesbians whose 1998 sexual assault convictions were thrown out in 2016 and their records expunged, are trying to help do the same for a gay Apache convicted in the 1981 murder of a Catholic priest in Odessa.
Pope clarifies homosexuality and sin comments in note
Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely referring to official Catholic moral teaching that teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. Francis first made the comments in an interview Jan. 24 with The Associated Press, in which he declared that laws criminalizing homosexuality were “unjust” and that “being homosexual is not a crime.” As he often does, Francis then imagined a conversation with someone who raised the matter of the church’s official teaching, which states that homosexual acts are sinful, or “intrinsically disordered.”news.yahoo.com
Mozambique's jihadis spread into most populous province
Extremists allied with the Islamic State group have spread their attacks further south into Mozambique’s most populous province, Nampula, including an assault on a Catholic mission in which an Italian nun was among those killedwashingtonpost.com
Connecticut Assistant Principal Placed on Leave after Admitting to Anti-Catholic Discrimination
An assistant principal of an elementary school in Greenwich, Conn., has been placed on administrative leave after he admitted to discriminating against Catholic and conservative teaching applicants.news.yahoo.com
Indiana court sides with Catholic diocese in teacher firing
The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that religious freedom rights protect the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis from being sued by a teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school for being in a same-sex marriage. Joshua Payne-Elliott argued in his lawsuit that archdiocese leaders wrongfully forced his firing in 2019 from his job of 13 years as a world language and social studies teacher at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis by mandating that all Catholic schools under its purview enforce a morality clause barring employees from entering into same-sex marriages. The state Supreme Court decision said religious institutions had the First Amendment right to decide matters of church governance for themselves.news.yahoo.com
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushes back after archbishop denies her Communion
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco’s conservative Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion rights, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others.news.yahoo.com
Rift on Communion policy as US Catholic bishops open meeting
Divisions have flared up among U.S. Catholic bishops as they opened a national meeting highlighted by a sensitive agenda item: a possible rebuke of Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who receive Communion while supporting abortion rights.
The Latest: Metro Manila, outlying provinces go on lockdown
___ROME — Police in Italy have been cracking down on violators of ordinances aimed at reining in what has been weeks of stubbornly high incidences of COVID-19 cases. North Macedonia has recorded more than 126,000 coronavirus cases and more than 3,600 deaths. ___TIRANA — Albania started a mass inoculation campaign Sunday ahead of the summer tourism season after acquiring 192,000 doses of Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac earlier this week. The church drew media attention after reports it had opened the service to its entire congregation despite a tough coronavirus lockdown and sharply rising infection rate in the Netherlands. ___MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government is acknowledging that the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now stands above 321,000.
Poles hold more protests over abortion; activist released
The poster, she said, celebrated the recent liberalization of the abortion law in Argentina and expressed hope Poland would be next. Mass nationwide protests have recurred repeatedly since then, growing into the largest protest movement in post-communist Poland. The court's judges argued that allowing abortion when there are congenital defects is unconstitutional because the Polish Constitution protects human life. Suchanow and Marta Lempart, the leaders of the Women’s Strike group that has spearheaded street protests against the law, are now looking for inspiration to Argentina. AdIrene Donadio, a leading strategist with International Planned Parenthood Federation, a group promoting reproductive health and choice, said her organization is appalled that such a restrictive law could be imposed in a European Union member state.
Poland: Near-total abortion ban takes effect amid protests
(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW – A near-total ban on abortion has taken effect in Poland and triggered a new round of nationwide protests three months after the constitutional court ruled that the abortion of congenitally damaged fetuses is unconstitutional. Members of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party, which is aligned with the Roman Catholic Church, had sought the new restriction. The protesters are demanding a full liberalization of the abortion law and the resignation of the government, neither of which seem likely in the short term. Some protesters Wednesday covered their faces with green bandanas, which are the symbol of the abortion rights movement in Argentina. The constitutional court is made up mostly of Law and Justice appointees who ruled on a motion brought by lawmakers from the party.
New protests as Polish court seals divisive abortion ruling
People gather in Warsaw, Poland Wednesday Jan. 27, 2021 to protest after the country's top court on Wednesday confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation's strict anti-abortion law. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW – New anti-government protests broke out in Polish cities Wednesday, shortly after the country's top court confirmed its highly divisive ruling that will further tighten the predominantly Catholic nation’s strict anti-abortion law. The ruling right-wing Law and Justice party is widely seen as having undue influence on the judiciary following reforms it passed affecting the way judges are appointed. It was made in response to a motion from over 100 ruling party lawmakers, whose names have not been made public. A prominent lawmaker for Law and Justice, Marek Suski, said work will begin on an entirely new abortion law that will take into account lethal defects.
What’s Up South Texas!: Deacon shares unique musical talents with community
New Braunfels – A New Braunfels man is sharing his passion for music and ministry with his community through his collection of unique instruments. He has collected, rebuilt, and played different organs including the Caracal Organ, or band organ, which features many different instruments, and the Calliope organ, which is sitting on an old Model T car. You can see it in their eyes.”AdFey said he and his brother began this journey of this unique way of sharing music. Christmas music, classical music, patriotic music, Rock and Roll. “I think anybody with unique talents, if they are open to sharing them with people, I think that is a plus for the people you are serving and for yourself.”RELATED: What’s Up South Texas!
Bosnian city of Mostar holds 1st local election in 12 years
(AP Photo/Kemal Softic)MOSTAR – MOSTAR, Bosnia-Long-entrenched ethno-nationalists were projected to win the first local election in Bosnia’s southern city of Mostar in 12 years, but early results of Sunday's vote also indicated multiethnic parties and alliances would be a strong part of the future city council. Mostar is split between Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats, who fought fiercely for control over the city during the country’s 1992-95 war. It hasn’t held a local election since 2008, when Bosnia’s constitutional court declared its election rules discriminatory and ordered them changed. Thus, the lawmakers from multiethnic parties appear set to become tiebreakers in all but certain disputes between the dominant Bosniak and Croat nationalists. Prior to the war, ethnically mixed couples made up 10% of all marriages in Mostar, and the city was markedly cosmopolitan.
As COVID-19 deaths mount in El Paso, the pandemic is robbing some mourners of traditional funerals
"If not, I understand because of what [El Paso] is going through, and I understand what [the church] is going through as well." The pandemic has disproportionately affected El Paso compared to cities of similar or larger sizes. As of Wednesday, there had been more than 91,000 cases recorded in El Paso County, the fourth-highest total in the state. Her family and hundreds of others in El Paso have applied for financial assistance to help pay for funerals. But it allotted an additional $350,000 in CARES Act funding this year as the deaths started to mount, said Irene Valenzuela, the executive director of El Paso County’s Community Services Department.
A more conservative court hears same-sex foster parent case
The case is a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. Catholic Social Services, which is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, says its religious views keep it from certifying same-sex couples as foster parents. Kavanaugh, for his part, suggested Wednesday there should be a way for Catholic Social Services to continue to work with foster families. Even liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor seemed to recognize the court was sympathetic to Catholic Social Services. Catholic Social Services did not, and the city stopped placing children with the agency, which sued.
Pelosi to church: 'Follow science' on COVID-19 restrictions
WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. “With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on this,” Pelosi said. Pelosi noted that faith and science are sometimes seen at odds. “Around here, people say to me, You're a person of faith, why do you believe in science?" “I say, I believe science is an answer to our prayers.
School employee says man with menacing look, tried to rob her and get in her car
SAN ANTONIO A man is accused of trying to rob a woman and get into her vehicle in the parking lot of a Catholic school, San Antonio police said. According to an arrest affidavit, Mata approached the woman in the parking lot of St. James Catholic School as she was walking to her vehicle. She tried to drive away as the suspect attempted to open the doors to her vehicle, the affidavit states. The victim believed the defendant wouldve injured or killed her due to the look of terror and anger in his eyes, the affidavit states. Police said Mata was a suspect in an attempted car burglary at the same parking lot earlier that day.
Providence High School holds car parade for graduating seniors
SAN ANTONIO – A car parade was held Friday morning for the Class of 2020 at Providence High School. Class of 2020, upload your pics! Principal Alicia Garcia said the car parade was held because a traditional Mass honoring the graduates couldn’t be celebrated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Car parades have become a creative and safe way to recognize people on special occasions during the pandemic. Garcia said she thanks all of the staff for their hard work, especially during this difficult time.
7 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about Dia de Muertos
Día de Muertos — as it’s known in Mexico — is a holiday that remembers and honors our deceased loved ones. As part of Christianizing and enculturating the people of Mexico, Spain’s evangelizers moved them to the Catholic Calendar — All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Families clean the gravesites of their deceased loved ones and put out food and drink on their graves and on their ofrendas, or altars. For example, if your deceased grandfather loved tamales and a good tequila, those items would be placed out for him to enjoy on Día de Muertos. Despite its name, Día de Muertos begins after midnight on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2.
Throwback Thursday: UIW's history can be traced to letter, call for help in 1869
SAN ANTONIO – The foundation of the University of Incarnate Word can be traced back to a single letter in 1869, that was sent from a bishop in San Antonio to the Catholic sisters in France. The letter asked for the sisters to help take care of victims of a cholera outbreak in the city. “The sisters and the school always emphasized science, along with the humanities and the arts,” said Hinojosa. “At Christmas time we celebrate, the Nativity of the Lord, which is the celebration of the word incarnate,” Hinojosa said. “It's been a long haul from that little letter where the mayor needed help and bishop wrote for help for the sisters.”