Bishop Kettler, Bishop Kinney welcome Archbishop Hebda’s appointment to archdiocese

St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney released statements today following the announcement March 24 that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, 56, as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese since June 2015 and as coadjutor archbishop of Newark since 2013. […]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom. Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government’s so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for […]

Pope condemns ‘blind violence,’ offers prayers after Brussels attacks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, condemning the “blind violence” of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, offered his prayers to the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance in the aftermath of the bombings. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent the pope’s condolences March 22 to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel […]

Pope Francis to make debut on Instagram, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Firming up his presence on social media, Pope Francis will make his debut on the photo-sharing app Instagram, a Vatican official announced. Msgr. Dario Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, said the pope’s new account “Franciscus,” will go online March 19 and offer another side of his pontificate through photos. […]

Bishops urge action to quell ‘ever-growing crisis’ of opioid addiction

BOSTON (CNS) — With Massachusetts facing a growing epidemic of opioid addiction, the Massachusetts Catholic bishops have urged actions be taken to quell the epidemic. “The abuse and misuse of opioids has become a national and local epidemic that has increasingly been felt in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in recent years. On average, four people […]