Vatican says they're gifts; Indigenous groups want them back
The Vatican Museums are home to some of the most magnificent artworks in the world, from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to ancient Egyptian antiquities and a pavilion full of papal chariots. The Vatican’s Anima Mundi Ethnological Museum, located near the food court and right before the main exit, houses tens of thousands of artifacts and art made by Indigenous peoples from around the world, much of it sent to Rome by Catholic missionaries for a 1925 exhibition in the Vatican gardens.news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: What led to priests being killed in Mexico?
Two Jesuit priests and a tour guide murdered in Mexico’s Sierra Tarahumara this week are the latest in a long line of activists, reporters, travelers and local residents who have been threatened or killed by criminal gangs that dominate the region.
Benedict woes come as German church reform pressure rises
A report on decades of sexual abuse in Germany that shone an unflattering spotlight on retired Pope Benedict XVI has come on top of already strong pressure in Germany to reconsider Catholic rules on issues including homosexuality and women’s roleswashingtonpost.com
Catholic religious order of monks to cut ties with Benet Academy
A Chicago-area religious order of monks said this week they are ending their affiliation with a DuPage County Catholic high school, which in recent months hired a woman in a same-sex marriage to coach the girls lacrosse team.chicagotribune.com
Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer visit scene where MP Amess was killed
In a rare show of unity, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer visit the scene where lawmaker David Amess was killed in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, along with the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Amess, 69, was talking with voters at a church when he was stabbed to death, in what the police have said was a terrorist attack.news.yahoo.com
Mormon sex therapist's ouster stirs worries of shame culture
Sex therapist Lisa Butterworth has long been willing to delve into sensitive sexuality questions with clients who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Helfer was excommunicated and lost her appeal last month to remain in the faith known widely as the Mormon church — a move critics say reflects the church doubling down on some of its more conservative views on sexuality.news.yahoo.com
How COVID is hitting Pope Francis and the Catholic Church spiritually, and financially this Holy Week
Rome — This is not the Holy Week that Pope Francis wanted. He's long been called "the People's Pope," but as CBS News correspondent Chris Livesay reports, since the pandemic struck, Francis has been the pope with no people. Pope Francis attends the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, April 1, 2021 at the Vatican. Vatican Pool/GettyEspecially painful for the pope during what's normally the busiest week at the Vatican, is the absence of pilgrims. They are some of the very few even permitted to be at the Vatican this Holy Week.cbsnews.com
Historic Black church holds service in parking lot after devastating fire
A historic Black church was destroyed by a fire last Thursday night. Now, members of St. Simon’s Baptist Church are making do by holding services outside. The pastor’s assistant said the church staff will keep holding services outside until the church is rebuilt. It’s joy that I cannot explain.”Ambakisye, the assistant pastor at St. Simons Baptist Church, said Sunday’s service was wonderful and chose to focus on the good rather than the church being destroyed. Investigators are calling the fire that destroyed St. Simon’s Church on Thursday night suspicious.
Mexican church, school cares for migrants waiting to request asylum in U.S.
Mexican church, school cares for migrants waiting to request asylum in U.S. While waiting to claim asylum, some migrants are still stuck in Mexico without many resources. Mireya Villarreal spoke with a reformed gang member-turned-ordained minister who crosses from Texas to Mexico every day to help these migrants.cbsnews.com
City approved 2 new designs for downtown developments
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This week the Downtown Development Review Board approved the historic Laura Street Trio project, according to News4Jax partners at the Jax Daily Record. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.) (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.) The city also approved plans for a concert venue attached to a rooftop bar on Bay Street, also known as Project 323. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)
Task force calls for COVID-19 vaccine sites to expand to minority communities
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Church leaders in Florida are pushing for more than 80 churches in under-served areas to become vaccination clinics. Church leaders say the governor and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry aren’t doing enough to reach underserved communities with the vaccine. They are now working to get the federal government to provide enough doses to open these sites. The leaders say it’s not political, it’s about saving lives. Church leaders announced nine Northeast Florida locations where they say coronavirus vaccination clinics should be placed.
Jacksonville church holding free turkey giveaway for families in need
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Household of Faith Church in Jacksonville wants to help families in need this Thanksgiving. The church is giving away 600 turkeys and several pallets of food items to community members Saturday at 9 a.m. A limited supply of gas cards and Walmart gift cards will also be included. Call the church if you need food for Thanksgiving at 904-764-8400. Household of Faith church
Pope Francis appoints first Black American cardinal
Pope Francis on Sunday named the archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, a cardinal, making him the first African American to hold the position in the Catholic church's highest governing body. He added that "men and women, young and old, people of every racial and ethnic background are needed in this effort." Nine of the 13 men named as new cardinals on Sunday, including Gregory, are under the age of 80 and are eligible to participate in the next convocation to elect Francis' successor. The new cardinals chosen by Francis echo his ideas, making it probable that the college will elect someone like him. It's also unclear whether some of the bishops will be able make the trip due to travel restrictions in many parts of the country.cbsnews.com
Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr on his Acceptance of the Christifideles Laici Award at the 2020 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast
For more than 15 years now, inspired by Saint John Paul II’s call for a renewal of Catholic communal and civic spirit, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast has served as a living testament to the vital role of the Church and its principles in American public life. But times of trial have a way of reminding us how much we have to be grateful for. More recently, thanks in part to organizations like this one, we have seen some small but significant steps toward the restoration of religion to its rightful place in American public life. The most recent term of the Supreme Court, for example, saw three important victories for religious liberty. Advocating for religious liberty is just one way that lay Catholics and others can answer the call to serve.justice.gov
Northeast Florida churches get creative for Easter Sunday services
However, many churches in Northeast Florida told News4Jax they will not open their churches. Instead, they will stream Easter service online. At University Church, lead Pastor Frank Ciresi, said they will also stream Easter Service online. In addition to streaming Easter service, other churches are bringing people together at a safe social distance. Their drive-in Easter service will be held on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the Northeast Florida Fair parking lot to accommodate hundreds of worshipers.
Eddie Murphy Shares Why He's Finally Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' (Exclusive)
So Dolemite came together, then Coming 2 America came together, then Beverly Hills Cop  came together," he continued. I can do that and I can have my funny little bookend and while I was at it, let me host Saturday Night Live. "I kind of developed it from the beginning and Rudy Ray Moore was kind of somebody I really, really was a fan of. "He's in Africa," Murphy revealed, adding that Wesley Snipes "is playing an African warlord named General Izzi. RELATED CONTENT:'Dolemite Is My Name': Eddie Murphy Is a Karate-Chopping Showman in First TrailerEddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall Reunite, Confirm 'Coming to America' SequelEddie Murphy Welcomes His 10th Child