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Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary accused of abuse

Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary accused of abuse

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 69-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles after the archdiocese’s independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board recommended he not be allowed to minister because of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

Don’t be afraid to ask for things from God in prayer, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

No one should be afraid to turn to God with prayer, especially in times of great doubt, suffering and need, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic groups see major harm for immigrants in changing public benefits

Catholic groups see major harm for immigrants in changing public benefits

| December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

A proposal by the Trump administration to deny green cards to legal immigrants using public assistance “will dramatically change the process of legal migration and make it increasingly difficult for low-income and working-class individuals to legally migrate to the United States.”

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Vatican official: With migration, cooperation is better than isolationism

Vatican official: With migration, cooperation is better than isolationism

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Vatican praised the adoption by more than 160 nations of a key agreement on global migration, saying today’s migration challenges are better tackled together than with “isolationist” stances.

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Diocese of Erie to launch Survivors’ Reparation Fund in February

Diocese of Erie to launch Survivors’ Reparation Fund in February

| December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, lay employees or lay volunteers in the Diocese of Erie will be eligible to file financial claims with a new compensation fund.

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Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic

Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic

| Cindy Wooden | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly would bring him to the Vatican d for help, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic groups raise concerns that climate rulebook not ambitious enough

Catholic groups raise concerns that climate rulebook not ambitious enough

| Jonathan Luxmoore | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic participants and observers criticized a “lack of ambition” by government negotiators at a U.N. conference on climate change that ended Dec. 15 with agreement on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.

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Faith advocates see victories in new farm bill

Faith advocates see victories in new farm bill

| Mark Pattison | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The farm bill that passed both houses of Congress by wide margins doesn’t have money in it to protect endangered species, but it did preserve one that had been on the threatened list: bipartisanship.

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Annual ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place Jan. 14-22

Annual ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign takes place Jan. 14-22

| December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops announced Dec. 18 the annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22.

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Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol ‘Silent Night’

Christmas Eve marks 200th anniversary of beloved carol ‘Silent Night’

| Richard Szczepanowski | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exactly 200 years ago this Christmas Eve — Dec. 24, 1818 — in a little church in what is now Austria, the world heard for the first time a poem set to music that eventually would be hailed as one of the most popular and beloved Christmas carols of all time.

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True Christmas celebrates Jesus, who is tender, humble, pope says

True Christmas celebrates Jesus, who is tender, humble, pope says

| Carol Glatz | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

With Christmas just over a week away, visitors came to St. Peter’s Square with their Baby Jesus figurines for a traditional blessing by the pope.

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Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

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