Lady Archer to Lead Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Lady Margaret Archer

A news item for those who would claim that the Catholic Church doesn't take full advantage of the talents of women:This morning in Vatican City, Pope Francis appointed Lady Margaret Archer as president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  Lady Archer replaces outgoing president Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law at Harvard Law School.Lady Archer, a professor at l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, is considered one of the most influential theorists in t … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Praises Notre Dame, Asks Them to Protect Catholic Moral Teaching

Notre Dame

Notre Dame University, said Pope Francis this morning,"has made an outstanding contribution to the Church in your country through its commitment to the religious education of the young and to serious scholarship inspired by confidence in the harmony of faith and reason in the pursuit of truth and virtue." The Pope spoke about the vision of Father Edward Sorin, founder of the university, and the missionary dimension which should be evident in Catholic universities.  He further called for … [Read more...]

Two Catholic Institutions Sustain Major Damage in Weekend Storms

Ursuline College - tornado damage

Mount St. Mary’s (Emmitsburg, Maryland) and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio) both sustained major damage this weekend:  One from a fire, the other from a tornado. *     *     *     * At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, a Friday evening lightning strike ignited a fire which damaged the historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  A student reported the lightning strike and subsequent fire, which was largely confined to the chapel’s bell tower.The Chapel of the Imm … [Read more...]