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Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

| Carol Glatz | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.

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Catholic minorities can still change the world, pope says at audience

Catholic minorities can still change the world, pope says at audience

| Carol Glatz | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful to remember God’s miracle of being able to feed a multitude with just a few loaves and fishes, Pope Francis said.

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Thousands gather in Times Square to celebrate the dignity of human life

Thousands gather in Times Square to celebrate the dignity of human life

| Beth Griffin | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thousands of people gathered in Times Square May 4 to celebrate the dignity of human life with song, prayer, inspirational stories and a live ultrasound screening of a baby in the third trimester of development.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu — A-II (PG)

Pokemon Detective Pikachu — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Devotees of the global media juggernaut that takes its name from the Japanese for pocket monsters will no doubt welcome “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” (Warner Bros.), the first live-action feature in the franchise that began with video games in the 1990s. As for those not yet initiated into the mysteries of the Pokemon universe, however, they may feel both left behind and unimpressed.

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‘Today God has answered their prayers’: Pakistan releases Asia Bibi

‘Today God has answered their prayers’: Pakistan releases Asia Bibi

| Simon Caldwell | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pakistani authorities freed Asia Bibi, a Catholic woman acquitted of blasphemy, and she has flown to Canada to join her family at a secret address.

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Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

Catholic officials call for prayer, action after Colorado shooting

| Carol Zimmermann | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic leaders are calling for prayer and action in response to the May 7 school shooting inside a charter school near Denver. One teenager died and eight other students were wounded.

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Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

Pope says study on women deacons was inconclusive

| Cindy Wooden | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early Church were “ordained” or formally “blessed,” the pope said.

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Tolkien fan gets to direct a movie on his life

Tolkien fan gets to direct a movie on his life

| Mark Pattison | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dome Karukoski shared one critical, albeit sad, boyhood link with J.R.R. Tolkien: being fatherless.

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Tolkien — A-II (PG-13)

Tolkien — A-II (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

By turns lyrical and moving, “Tolkien” is a sophisticated profile of the future novelist’s youth that succeeds on a number of levels. This may not be the biography that every fan of Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien is looking for, and it may not even fully accomplish what its makers set out to achieve. But, if nothing else, it does tell the story of the young Tolkien and his times.

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Mexican bishops call for migrant assistance at their southern border

Mexican bishops call for migrant assistance at their southern border

| David Agren | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference has appealed for assistance for thousands of migrants stuck in Chiapas state as Mexican officials step up enforcement and stop issuing travel documents.

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Pope draws lessons from Mother Teresa in city of her birth

Pope draws lessons from Mother Teresa in city of her birth

| Cindy Wooden | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis went to the tiny Balkan nation of North Macedonia to pay tribute to a tiny saint who accomplished big things: St. Teresa of Kolkata.

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Pope Francis called Jean Vanier to thank him before his death

Pope Francis called Jean Vanier to thank him before his death

| Cindy Wooden | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told reporters May 7 he had been kept informed about Jean Vanier’s failing health and had phoned him a week before his death.

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