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U.N. declaration on human rights must extend to unborn, says speaker

U.N. declaration on human rights must extend to unborn, says speaker

| Kurt Jensen | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948 in the wake of the atrocities of World War II, is the foundation of religious liberty worldwide and also covers the rights of nonbelievers.

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Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced.

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French bishops: Fertility treatment for gay, single women harms society

French bishops: Fertility treatment for gay, single women harms society

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The French bishops said proposals to extend fertility treatments to lesbian couples and single women would harm society by removing fatherhood from the lives of children.

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#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church

#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer “hope and unity” for Catholics by inviting them to share their positive stories about faith and community “during this difficult chapter in the church.”

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Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction: Balancing Ethical Duties

| Tadeusz Pacholczyk | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Almost two million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of abuse — which involves not only heroin, but also prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl — has become a national crisis. Reportedly, about 80 percent of heroin addicts first misused prescription opioids. Yet for many patients, no pain-relieving options more effective than opioids exist. Figuring out how to use these powerful pharmacological agents in an appropriate and ethical manner is urgent and imperative.

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Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

| Norma Montenegro Flynn | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

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Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop withdraws from public ministry

Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop withdraws from public ministry

| Sam Lucero | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau of Green Bay has requested and has been granted a withdrawal from all public ministry.

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Dutch bishops: Media report on abuse was old news; safeguards in place

Dutch bishops: Media report on abuse was old news; safeguards in place

| Jonathan Luxmoore | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Dutch bishops’ conference said it had worked to prevent further sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, but said a recent report by a leading newspaper was “old news.”

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Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country.

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Church present and future: Synod to show young Catholics’ needs, gifts

Church present and future: Synod to show young Catholics’ needs, gifts

| Cindy Wooden | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Synod of Bishops will meet in October to try to look at the world and the Catholic Church through the eyes of teenagers and young adults and find ways to encourage their enthusiasm and dreams, help them sift through the possibilities life offers them to serve others and resist the temptations that come their way.

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Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

| Julie Asher | September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

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Police arrest Indian bishop, charge him with rape

Police arrest Indian bishop, charge him with rape

| September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has accepted the request of an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun to be relieved of his duties during the investigation.

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