Vatican says bishop ordained in China is in communion with pope

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican confirmed that a bishop recently ordained in China is in full communion with the pope and that more Vatican-approved nominations would be coming.

    God's Word on Sunday: It’s up to us to keep ties with God alive

    First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 29 (Year B) Isaiah 63:16b-17; 64:1, 3-8; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37

    Who has not wished at one time or another that God would make an appearance? This would solve definitively so many problems: whether God exists; what God is like; why there is injustice and suffering in the world; and who is “right.” God could also remake the world and put everything the way it should be.

    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

      The season is still about the coming of Christ

      Getting ready for Christmas in the middle of a pandemic will certainly be different.

      • By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

        Windows of inspiration for Catholic men

        In the lead-up to the Nov. 22 feast of Christ the King, young men in Kingston, Ont., were introduced to a saintly king and emperor, Bl. Karl of Austria.

          God's Word on Sunday: Justice, mercy are God’s ruling principles

          Christ the King (Year A) Nov. 22 (Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46)

          Sometimes the only way to ensure that an important job is done correctly is to do it yourself. God usually called on others to carry out the divine will, but often they failed miserably in the performance of their duties.

          • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

            McCarrick report documents repeated lack of serious investigation

            VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although dogged for years by rumors of sexual impropriety, Theodore E. McCarrick was able to rise up the Catholic hierarchical structure based on personal contacts, protestations of his innocence and a lack of church officials reporting and investigating accusations, according to the Vatican report on the matter.

            • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

              God's Word on Sunday: Spiritual growth requires taking risks

              33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 15 (Year A) Proverbs 31:10-13, 16-18, 20, 26, 28-31; Psalm 128; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30

              Who can ever live up to their job description or Internet profile perfectly?

              • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                Pope Francis expedites transfer of management of Secretariat of State assets

                VATICAN CITY -- After the Vatican Secretariat of State missed a Nov. 1 deadline to hand over the management and monitoring of its own assets to two separate Vatican bodies, Pope Francis set up a commission to make the transfer and external oversight happen.

                  Vatican shuts down museums as COVID-19 cases, deaths mount in Italy

                  VATICAN CITY -- As COVID-19-related deaths in Italy reached their highest daily level since early May and Italy began enacting new restrictions to slow the spread, the Vatican decided it will once again close its museums to the public.

                    Investments by Secretariat of State now under tighter control, says bishop

                    VATICAN CITY -- A lack of oversight and control over the Vatican Secretariat of State's investment activities may have facilitated some bad property deals, said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.