The Pope and the President

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama had their first meeting today at the Vatican, where the pope and the president discussed several subjects of relevance to the Catholic Church in the United States.

Among the topics reportedly discussed during the 50-minute meeting were religious freedom, life and conscientious objection. These topics are a source of tension between the Church and the federal government,  particularly with the contraception mandate in the new healthcare law that requires nearly all health insurance plans to cover sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs – all of which are contrary to Church teaching.

The Vatican did highlight that there were two main points of harmony with President Obama in the meeting: immigration reform and the “common commitment to the eradication of the trafficking of human persons in the world.” (more…)

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Italian nun becomes internet phenomenon

singing_nun_the_voice_italySister Cristina Scuccia, a 25-year-old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, has become the fastest-growing internet phenomenon of all time after her performance on the Italian version of The Voice went viral.

Sr. Cristina sang “No One” by Alicia Keys and stunned the judges with both her talent and her religious habit. When asked what brought her to perform on The Voice, Sr. Cristina said,

“I have a gift and I am giving it to you. Shouldn’t things be that way?” (more…)

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We’re Hiring!

help-wantedImmaculate Heart Radio is looking for a Community Relations Officer for the greater San Francisco Bay Area. This is a contract to hire position.

Responsibility Summary:

To help spread the knowledge, love and practice of the Catholic Faith through the fulfillment of the following responsibilities: Serve as the primary IHR fundraising representative in the local community, develop underwriting donors, conduct parish visits and speak at community events, perform other various fundraising activities. Ensure all activities promote the mission of Immaculate Heart Radio.  (more…)

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