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Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions

Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests — large in number, but not in proportion to the total — have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they’ve done with the sexual abuse of children,” Pope Francis said.

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U.S. and World news briefs: April 10, 2014

U.S. and World news briefs: April 10, 2014

| April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

New York Catholic high school founded by U.S. saint to close
Vatican official urges greater efforts to help those with autism
Vatican accepts resignation of German ‘Bishop Bling’

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At border, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

At border, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

| Patricia Zapor | April 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Against the backdrop of rusted iron slats of a 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.

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Northeast Minneapolis Catholics to sing in honor of new saints

Northeast Minneapolis Catholics to sing in honor of new saints

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A special choir will lead the Holy Cross congregation in song at its 11 a.m. Mass April 27 celebrating the canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. All are welcome to attend.

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Prayer, charity surround John XXIII, John Paul II being declared saints

Prayer, charity surround John XXIII, John Paul II being declared saints

| Cindy Wooden | April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rite of canonization for Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II April 27 will use the standard formula for the creation of new saints, but the Mass will be preceded by the recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, and it is possible retired Pope Benedict XVI will attend, the Vatican spokesman said.

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Pope, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth have informal meeting at Vatican

Pope, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth have informal meeting at Vatican

| Cindy Wooden | April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

In their first overseas trip in three years, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met April 3 with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims

Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Once again, the people at Fort Hood “are at the center of national attention and the focus of our prayers,” Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said in response to the April 2 shooting at the Texas military base.

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Bishop Pates urges U.S. to take ‘clear stance against torture’

Bishop Pates urges U.S. to take ‘clear stance against torture’

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace said he welcomed the possible release of a Senate intelligence committee report that says the CIA used torture techniques in interrogating some terror suspects after 9/11.

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Survey shows Pope Francis has influenced giving by U.S. Catholics

Survey shows Pope Francis has influenced giving by U.S. Catholics

| Navar Watson | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

While any increase in church attendance prompted by the pope’s appeal isn’t quite yet measurable, a new survey shows Pope Francis has made an impact on Catholic giving in the year since his papacy began.

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Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration

Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting.

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Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

| Susan Klemond | March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Owners of eight Minnesota for-profit companies who have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its contraception mandate have much at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the issue and prepares to rule on two similar cases, expected this summer.

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Bahrain cathedral will be ‘symbol of Christianity’ in ‘heart of Islam’

Bahrain cathedral will be ‘symbol of Christianity’ in ‘heart of Islam’

| Carol Zimmermann | March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Northern Arabia, knows full well what it is like to minister to Catholics in a Muslim region because he has been doing that for more than four decades.

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