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L.A. archdiocese won’t press charges against nuns for ‘misappropriation’

L.A. archdiocese won’t press charges against nuns for ‘misappropriation’

| Rhina Guidos | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles said it will not pursue charges against two religious sisters who were found to have “misappropriated” a “substantial amount” of money from one of its Catholic schools.

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Pope heads to Balkans in May to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia

Pope heads to Balkans in May to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia

| Carol Glatz | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will make a three-day visit to Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Vatican announced.

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Father Lombardi: Ignoring reality of abuse, resisting responsibility must end

Father Lombardi: Ignoring reality of abuse, resisting responsibility must end

| Carol Glatz | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Anyone who still believes the abuse crisis is an “American” or “Western” problem must become properly informed, face reality and realize problems may be hidden and explode in the future, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.

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English cardinal shocked to learn vicar sent two pedophiles to U.S.

English cardinal shocked to learn vicar sent two pedophiles to U.S.

| Simon Caldwell | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

An English cardinal has told an inquiry into child abuse of his shock at learning that a vicar general of his former archdiocese tried to help two pedophile priests escape to the United States.

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U.S. returns church bells to Philippines after more than 100 years

U.S. returns church bells to Philippines after more than 100 years

| December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

After more than a century, the United States government has returned three church bells swiped by American forces as war booty from the central Philippine town of Balangiga.

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Strasbourg bishop speaks of ‘lucid madness’ after terror attack

Strasbourg bishop speaks of ‘lucid madness’ after terror attack

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

At noon Dec. 12, the bells of every Catholic church in Strasbourg rang for 10 minutes to honor the victims of a terror attack at a Christmas market the previous day.

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With a mother’s heart, Mary raises up the abandoned, pope says at Mass

With a mother’s heart, Mary raises up the abandoned, pope says at Mass

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Just as she did hundreds of years ago from a small hill in Tepeyac, Mexico, Mary accompanies the downtrodden and the lowly like a mother caring for her children.

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USCCB welcomes Treasury Department guidance on ‘parking lot tax’

USCCB welcomes Treasury Department guidance on ‘parking lot tax’

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees welcomed a new explanation from the Treasury Department that relaxed rules on the payment of taxes by churches and nonprofits that offer employee parking.

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Cardinal Pell found guilty of sex abuse, expected to appeal, reports say

Cardinal Pell found guilty of sex abuse, expected to appeal, reports say

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Australian Cardinal George Pell reportedly has been found guilty on five charges related to serious sexual misconduct involving two boys at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s.

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New law will provide relief to genocide victims in Iraq, Syria

New law will provide relief to genocide victims in Iraq, Syria

| December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

President Donald Trump has signed into law the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which will provide humanitarian relief to genocide victims in Iraq and Syria and hold accountable Islamic State perpetrators of genocide.

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Creche up for one day, then Delaware town’s leaders order its removal

Creche up for one day, then Delaware town’s leaders order its removal

| Joseph P. Owen | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A manger scene can make people feel good at Christmas and that’s what Patty Derrick and her friends in Rehoboth Beach were aiming for when they spoke to town leaders about erecting a creche that has been part of the beach town for about a half-century.

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Shooting in Brazilian cathedral leaves five dead, four injured

Shooting in Brazilian cathedral leaves five dead, four injured

| Lise Alves | December 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

A gunman opened fire inside a Brazilian church, killing four people and injuring four others before turning the gun on himself, police said.

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