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No place for ‘religious test’ in government, says Senate in unanimous vote

No place for ‘religious test’ in government, says Senate in unanimous vote

| January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate late Jan. 16 unanimously adopted a resolution “to reaffirm religious liberty and condemn religious tests for federal officials.”

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Vatican releases guidelines to help church fight human trafficking

Vatican releases guidelines to help church fight human trafficking

| January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Vatican has created a set of pastoral guidelines to inspire and improve the church’s work in addressing the crime of human trafficking and the care of its victims worldwide.

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Vatican summit to help nations lagging on abuse policies, Jesuit says

Vatican summit to help nations lagging on abuse policies, Jesuit says

| Cindy Wooden | January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Only about half of the national bishops’ conferences in the world have adopted complete, Vatican-approved guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sexual abuse and promoting child protection, said the Jesuit named to moderate the Vatican’s February summit on abuse.

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Holy Cross Sisters help Ugandan women resist domestic violence

Holy Cross Sisters help Ugandan women resist domestic violence

| By Doreen Ajiambo | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not all that long ago, family members and residents of this small town in western Uganda mourned the loss of Sarah Baguma, who was stabbed to death by her husband in a domestic wrangle.

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Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

| Mark Pattison | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed House election in North Carolina plays out.

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Archbishop calls ‘9 Days for Life’ a ‘powerful prayer initiative’

Archbishop calls ‘9 Days for Life’ a ‘powerful prayer initiative’

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The novena “9 Days for Life” is a “powerful prayer initiative” for the end to abortion and for “the respect of all human life,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

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Abuse report’s claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called ‘misleading’

Abuse report’s claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called ‘misleading’

| Julie Asher | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state’s Catholic dioceses acted “in virtual lockstep” to cover up abuse allegations and dismiss alleged victims over a 70-year period starting in 1947 is “inaccurate,” “unfair” and “misleading,” said a veteran journalist in an in-depth article for Commonweal magazine.

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Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said.

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Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome’s mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city’s historic water features.

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