Archive for August, 2018

In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

In Washington, former sacristan remembers life with Oscar Romero

| Rhina Guidos | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Marcelo Perdomo didn’t think an earthly brush with holiness would take place in his native El Salvador next to the parish priest.

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For Hondurans, staying home more perilous than taking the migrant path

For Hondurans, staying home more perilous than taking the migrant path

| David Agren | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Maria’s nightmare started with gang members demanding that her husband pay a “war tax” — a euphemism for extortion — on a cargo truck he owned. He always paid the $250, but gangsters killed him anyway, bursting into their San Pedro Sula home two years ago and dragging him away. His body was found shortly after, with signs of torture and six gunshot wounds to the head.

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North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

North Minneapolis family suffers trauma, finds hope and help from St. Bridget parish community

| August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mommy, Kayden’s dead!”

These words horrified Nicolle Peltier the morning of June 11. They came over the phone, in a call alerting her that an SUV fleeing police had slammed into three of her seven children playing at a north Minneapolis park with her husband, Kyle.

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New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to church services

New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to church services

| Steve Larkin | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Pew Research Center survey found that the main reason Americans attend worship services is to feel closer to God, but those who do not regularly attend worship services have a wider variety of motivations.

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Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

| Cindy Wooden | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Weight-lifting priest builds muscle and relationships

Weight-lifting priest builds muscle and relationships

| Jessica Weinberger | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the pristine University of St. Thomas weight room in St. Paul, Father John Floeder, 36, walks purposefully among the students fitting in circuits over summer break to a set of tall, metal power racks to start a routine he repeats up to four times per week.

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Learning, leadership, sacredness all part of Catholic Daughters convention

Learning, leadership, sacredness all part of Catholic Daughters convention

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Camaraderie, learning, new leadership and the sacred were in sharp focus at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas 57th Biennial National Convention in Sioux Falls.

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University, institute to be hub for causes of African-American Catholics

University, institute to be hub for causes of African-American Catholics

| Christine Bordelon | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced July 31 that the university and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies will become the new hub for the advancement of sainthood causes of African-American Catholics.

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Accused archbishop’s fellow prelates weigh in on abuse scandal’s impact

Accused archbishop’s fellow prelates weigh in on abuse scandal’s impact

| Mark Pattison | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

With retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s resignation July 28 from the College of Cardinals, more of his fellow bishops are commenting on the scandal that has enveloped the former archbishop of Washington and its impact on the larger church.

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Archbishop McCarrick allegations put ‘public inquiry’ on all bishops

Archbishop McCarrick allegations put ‘public inquiry’ on all bishops

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette, who is chair of the bishops’ child and youth protection committee, said “general prayers and apologies are necessary, but not sufficient” for victims of sexual abuse.

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Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

India’s parliament has passed a law allowing the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls younger than 12, but Catholic Church officials expressed doubt that it will curb increasing sexual violence against children across the country.

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Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.

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