National News

Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

UPDATED - The Vatican has postponed the Dec. 21 ceremony "at the request of a few members" of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Peoria Diocese said "there has never been, nor is there now, any allegation against (Archbishop) Sheen involving the abuse of a minor."

USCCB president urges special prayers for pope’s 50 years as a priest

Four days before Pope Francis celebrates his 83rd birthday Dec. 17, he will celebrate 50 years as a priest -- a ministry he sees as being a shepherd who walks with his flock and yearns to find those who are lost.

Tucson bishop, other Catholic leaders decry ‘Remain in Mexico’ expansion

The Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy includes relocating migrants currently biding their time in the Tucson area back to border towns in Texas for transport back into Mexico.

In 2019, Supreme Court’s docket runs gamut of high-profile issues

2019 was a busy year for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shareholder advocates alarmed that SEC proposal would limit their voice

Proposals from the Securities and Exchange Commission would change how small shareholders of corporate stock, such as religious congregations, advocate for human dignity and a safer planet.

Bishop Malone resigns; Albany bishop named apostolic administrator

UPDATED - At age 73, Bishop Malone is two years shy of the age at which bishops are required by canon law to turn in their resignation to the pope. No reason was given for his resignation.

Michigan priest asks judge in same-sex marriage not to receive Communion

The Diocese of Grand Rapids said it supports the decision by one of its pastors to request a Michigan judge not to present herself for Communion at Mass because she is in same-sex marriage.

March for Life theme borrows page from suffragist centennial

The March for Life, the annual march in Washington to protest legalized abortion in the United States, is tying itself in 2020 to the women's suffrage movement for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Seek the light during busy Advent season, advises university chaplain

For university students, December brings the end of a semester. That means final papers, projects and exams and the worry that goes with them. The anxious time seems to draw university students to the Newman center in increasing numbers.

N.J. abuse victim names McCarrick, Newark Archdiocese in lawsuit

UPDATED - A day after a New Jersey victims' rights law went into effect, a 37-year-old man filed a lawsuit against the now-laicized former cardinal. The law lifts the statute of limitation and allows suits on previously time-barred cases.