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Latin American church leaders mark 50 years of ‘option for the poor’

Latin American church leaders mark 50 years of ‘option for the poor’

| Cody Weddle | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Latin American Church leaders will meet in Medellin Aug. 23-26 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a landmark regional bishops’ meeting that took place in the same city in 1968.

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Boston cardinal apologizes for process that kept letter from reaching him

Boston cardinal apologizes for process that kept letter from reaching him

| August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Aug. 20 that he takes full responsibility for office procedures that resulted in him never being notified about a June 2015 letter sent to his attention regarding “sexual abuse/harassment/intimidation” allegations concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

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Priest attacked in church; assailant cited abuse scandal

Priest attacked in church; assailant cited abuse scandal

| August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Byzantine Catholic priest was attacked Aug. 20 in the altar servers’ sacristy of his church in Merrillville, near Gary in the northwestern part of the state.

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U.S. Jesuit urges Catholics to examine attitudes toward LGBT community

U.S. Jesuit urges Catholics to examine attitudes toward LGBT community

| Sarah Mac Donald | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

U.S. Jesuit Father James Martin set out a series of ways in which parishes can show welcome and respect to LGBT Catholics.

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The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

The Eucharist: mystery and invitation

| Father Joseph Johnson | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

“This saying is hard; who can accept it?” We start this Sunday’s Gospel (Jn 6:60-69) with an objection from those Jesus is teaching and then are told that many “no longer accompanied him.” Contrast this with the first reading, in which Joshua challenges the people to “decide today whom you will serve” and they reply “far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods.”

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Extremism cannot be fought with extreme language, intolerance, pope says

Extremism cannot be fought with extreme language, intolerance, pope says

| August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic legislators must defend religious freedom around the globe, but they must take care to ensure they do not fall into the trap of showing disrespect toward or intolerance of other religions while doing so, Pope Francis said.

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UST grad leverages engineering skill to help Senegalese women farm

UST grad leverages engineering skill to help Senegalese women farm

| Anne Fredrickson | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

For many college seniors, the culmination of their studies is acing an exam, presenting a research paper or creating a capstone project. For 2018 University of St. Thomas graduate Bridget Gerenz, it was traveling to Senegal in May to see her engineering work in action in farm fields where women thresh millet.

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In bleak Venezuela, archdiocesan mission supplies hope

In bleak Venezuela, archdiocesan mission supplies hope

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Visitors to La Revancha bakery in San Felix, Venezuela, are greeted by a large menu listing a wide variety of breads and baked goods. But before customers start to reach for their wallets, they need to look a little closer: Instead of a price, a “no” sticker is placed next to nearly all of the items, indicating their unavailability.

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Vatican confirms pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland

Vatican confirms pope will meet abuse survivors in Ireland

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will meet survivors of sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland Aug. 25-26, but it will be up to the survivors to decide whether any information about the meeting will be released, said the director of the Vatican press office.

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Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden.

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St. Cloud-native nun’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

St. Cloud-native nun’s pregame first pitch wows crowd, online world

| August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Not only is Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck a nun, she’s also an internet sensation.

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Two priests ruled unsuitable for ministry in Philadelphia Archdiocese

Two priests ruled unsuitable for ministry in Philadelphia Archdiocese

| Matthew Gambino | August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have been found unsuitable for ministry, the archdiocese announced Aug. 19 following Masses at the parishes where Father Andrew McCormick and Msgr. Gregory Parlante most recently served.

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