Tekton Sends Pilgrims to WYD

Richard SontagPope Francis, World Youth Day


Tekton Ministries had the pleasure of arranging the pilgrimages for World Youth Day in Poland, Germany. It sent a total of 225 pilgrims both youth and young adults from South Dakota and Indiana. Pilgrims traveled to Krakow, Poland for a seven-day worldwide encounter with Pope Francis and 1.6 million other young Catholics. These pilgrims each set fear aside and opened … Read More

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Richard SontagChurch News, US News

(CNA, by Mary Rezac) Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church. Last week, the Texas Catholic Conference – which serves as the public policy voice for the Catholic bishops of the state – announced it would join several local … Read More

Cardinal Dolan Among Concerned Bishops Who Wrote Pope about Synod

Richard SontagChurch News

(CNA, by Ann Schneible)  New York’s archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year’s Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates allegedly addressed the Pope with … Read More

Pope gives CDF authority to hold bishops accountable for abuse failures

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

(Catholic Herald) Pope Francis has approved the outline of a new system which will hold bishops who fail to act on clerical abuse accountable. According to the National Catholic Reporter, the Vatican announced today that the Pope had approved the system on the advice of both the Council of Cardinals and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The … Read More

Indianapolis bishop elected to national bishops’ communications committee


(by Chris Weldon) According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the conference of American prelates chose a new secretary-elect of the Conference and the chairmen-elect of five committees, at their annual fall General Assembly, November 11-14, in Baltimore. One of those chairmen-elect is Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  Bishop Coyne, a native of … Read More

Pope Francis: Pray for your bishops

WebmasterChurch News, Pope Francis

(Vatican Radio) A Church that is not united around its bishop is a sick Church. Jesus wanted unity between the bishop and all the faithful, starting with priests and deacons. However the role of bishop is not a position of honor, it is a service. Therefore, there is no room in the Church for a worldly mentality, for people who … Read More

U.S. Bishops To Meet November 10-13 In Baltimore

WebmasterChurch News, US News

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will meet in Baltimore, November 10-13, for their annual Fall General Assembly. The bishops will hear the first presidential address of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of USCCB, who was elected to a three-year term in November 2013. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will also … Read More