Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly

By Our Sunday Visitor | OSV Newsweekly provides timely coverage of important national and international religious events reported from a Catholic perspective.

Tending to the wounds of abortion

As Catholics celebrate Respect Life Month throughout October, they honor and seek to live out the Church’s teaching that all life is sacred. Ten …

Pro-life Movement

Undoing the HHS mandate

On Oct. 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim rule (with the possibility of revision before becoming final) reversing …

Rights & Freedoms

Editorial: Taking exception

The recent decision by the Trump administration to expand the religious exemption for the Department of Health and Human Services’ controversial …

Rights & Freedoms

Letters to the Editor for Oct. 22-28, 2017

Abortion<p>Re: “Women’s health?” (Eye on Culture, Oct. 8-14).<p>Bravo to Teresa Tomeo for bravely exposing the “pro-choice” lies about women’s health. The …

Planned Parenthood

Listen to Our Mother

When you arrive in Lourdes, France, everything else seems to slip away — preoccupations, preferences, anxieties. You have the same life with its …

Faith

Definition of insanity

The saying often attributed to Einstein says that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Well, just …

Public Health

The pair on the ground

<b>Question:</b> Is it too simplistic to think of original sin merely as the eating of a piece of fruit? Or was it more complicated and terrible than that?<p>—</b> …

Faith

Can Catholic couples choose childlessness?

There was a time when the cultural consensus was that children and marriage were a package deal. Today, however, there is a growing trend among …

Marriage

Opening the Word: Rendered to God

In the Gospel of Matthew, our Lord receives a nearly impossible question from the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” …

Ancient History

Book looks at the pain of divorce for children

Catholic author Leila Miller has written “Primal Loss: The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak” (LCB Publishing, $17.95), a book featuring the …

Divorce

Biotech partnership aids Parkinson’s patients

A long-term friendship between a Catholic Israeli Arab electrical engineer and a Jewish Israeli medical neurobiology professor is helping to …

Parkinson's Disease

In Vegas, the pastoral toll of a mass shooting

The Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people besides the gunman and wounded nearly 500 did more than physical harm to the community …

Christianity

For the #sharejourney campaign, how to get involved

Following Pope Francis’ Sept. 27 kickoff of a two-year campaign called “Share the Journey” — meant to encourage support for migrants and refugees — …

Refugees

Editorial: Hurting enough

Finding the right words is almost impossible after a tragedy, such as that which occurred with the Oct. 1 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country …

Las Vegas

Letters to the editor for Oct. 15-21, 2017

Lesson of love<p>Re: “The Call to Love” (In Focus, Sept. 17-23).<p>Jesus’ most challenging command is “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute …

Summer Olympics

The Faith in Vietnam

I am not exactly addicted to television, but I deliberately watched every episode on PBS about the Vietnam War. Alas, I am old enough to remember …

Vietnam

'Bless me, Father'

<b>Question:</b> In confession recently the priest told me I should not say, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned”; instead I should say, “Forgive me, …

Christianity

Worst book ever!

In my last column we visited the St. Barnabas riots of 1858, one of England’s bouts of “no-popery” every 10 years or so. Don’t mean to be repetitive, …

Religion

Get more out of the Rosary

The Rosary is one of the most popular prayers for Catholics, and saints for centuries have experienced the many benefits that come from its frequent …

Theology

Opening the Word: Accepting the invite

We tend to imagine wedding receptions as happy affairs. Receiving an invitation to most weddings means conviviality, feasting and joy are in our …

Weddings

Finding God in hard times

<i>“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear</i> …

Camden Yards

Mercy brings healing from porn addiction

Tom Ryan found his first pornographic magazine underneath a recliner when he was 9 years old. That experience and the sexual abuse he’d suffered two …

Addiction

Notching a 'Victory' for our common home

Thousands of years ago, the melting glaciers from Canada that carved out the Great Lakes also released a torrent of water that forged the Wabash …

Ecology

China issues new regulations on religions

The Chinese government has issued new regulations on religions in China, published Sept. 8 by the State Council for Legislative Affairs and due to …

China

Church strives for harmony on family matters

The “filial correction” of Pope Francis, published by a group of several dozen clergy, scholars and writers Sept. 24, claims that the pope has failed …

Christianity

The 'power of one': The difference one person can make

As various troubling events have dominated the news cycle recently, I have pondered the impact that individuals can have on this strange world.<p>First, …

Stephen Paddock

Stoke the fire in your soul

We are all creatures of habit. From the moment we get out of bed in the morning until we return there in the evening, our daily routines are much the …

Christianity

Before seminary, young men discern vocations

In December, the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy issued the document <i>Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis</i> that mandates an initial …

Faith

‘Juggling act’: Deacons learn to balance ministry, family

Deacon Thomas R. Dubois, the executive director of the National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD), thought about the priesthood when he was a …

Religion