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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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Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

| September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

A class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 17 against eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding the dioceses provide proof that they submitted the names of all suspected predators.

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New saints highlight care for poor, zeal for Gospel

New saints highlight care for poor, zeal for Gospel

| September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world will celebrate when Pope Francis formally declares that Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, are saints.

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Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, pope says at Mass

Some cry ‘scandal’ to cover their own failings, pope says at Mass

| Cindy Wooden | September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

While God’s holy Church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry “scandal” to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.

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Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

| Jonathan Luxmoore | September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions.

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U.S. reports poverty declines, but agencies finding needs remain great

U.S. reports poverty declines, but agencies finding needs remain great

| Dennis Sadowski | September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The good news from the U.S. Census Bureau Sept. 12 was that the poverty rate dropped for the third straight year in 2017 and median family incomes ticked up 1.8 percent to nearly $61,400.

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