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Text of Cardinal Wuerl’s letter to Catholics of Washington Archdiocese

Text of Cardinal Wuerl’s letter to Catholics of Washington Archdiocese

| October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The following is the text of the Oct. 12 letter Cardinal Donald Wuerl addressed to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington following the announcement that Pope Francis has accepted his resignation as archbishop of Washington:

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Diocese moving from prayer to action in wake of Hurricane Michael

Diocese moving from prayer to action in wake of Hurricane Michael

| October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the wake of Hurricane Michael, which ravaged the Florida panhandle, the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, whose territory was smack in the path of the Category 4 storm, has moved from prayer to action.

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Young people want leaders who are fathers, not Pharisees, observer says

Young people want leaders who are fathers, not Pharisees, observer says

| Carol Glatz | October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church must be a place of justice and mercy, and its members must be catalysts for change, some young observers said at the Synod of Bishops Oct. 11.

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Synod already leading to some changes, bishops report

Synod already leading to some changes, bishops report

| Cindy Wooden | October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Even on the ninth day of the 25-day-long Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, two bishops said they already had ideas for things they would want to start in their ministries.

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Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop of Washington

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop of Washington

| October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Wuerl had been facing pressure to resign after an Aug. 14 grand jury report detailing sexual abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses painted a mixed picture of how he handled some of the cases when he was bishop in Pittsburgh from 1988 until 2006.

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Working alongside migrant laborers prepares seminarians for priesthood

Working alongside migrant laborers prepares seminarians for priesthood

| Chaz Muth | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seminarian John Washington was looking for a summer cultural experience as he prepared to end his academic year at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary and he found it in an agricultural field in central Washington.

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Limousine crash ‘heartbreaking, gut-wrenching’ for New York community

Limousine crash ‘heartbreaking, gut-wrenching’ for New York community

| Kate Blain | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Among the 20 people killed in a devastating limousine accident Oct. 6 in Schoharie were several victims who had connections to parishes, schools and Catholic organizations of the Albany Diocese.

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Supreme Court examines dementia, health issues in death penalty cases

Supreme Court examines dementia, health issues in death penalty cases

| Carol Zimmermann | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court, no stranger to death penalty cases, is looking very narrowly at two aspects of capital punishment this term: if an inmate with dementia should be executed if he has no memory of the crime he committed three decades ago and if a death-row prisoner with a specific health problem can be executed by a less painful manner because of his condition.

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U.K. court rules for bakers refusing to make cake with gay marriage slogan

U.K. court rules for bakers refusing to make cake with gay marriage slogan

| Simon Caldwell | October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has upheld the right of a bakery to refuse to make a cake emblazoned with a slogan in support of same-sex marriage.

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Florida dioceses offer prayers for those in hurricane’s path

Florida dioceses offer prayers for those in hurricane’s path

| October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

With EMS service suspended in some parts of Florida as Hurricane Michael made landfall Oct. 10 in the state’s panhandle area with sustained winds clocked at 155 mph, at least least two dioceses offered prayers for those in the Category 4 storm’s path.

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Catholic voters urged to do their homework in midterm-election voting

Catholic voters urged to do their homework in midterm-election voting

| Debbie Shelley | October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

The midterm elections Nov. 6 can be the time to “throw the rascals out” and send a message to the nation’s leaders on how they are doing as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of Congress.

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Who are the Chinese bishops received back into ecclesial communion?

Who are the Chinese bishops received back into ecclesial communion?

| Michael Sainsbury | October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai, one of two Chinese participants attending the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, concelebrated Mass with St. John Paul II twice in 1995. Although he was a member of the government-approved Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association — not recognized by the Vatican — it was only after his illicit ordination as a bishop of the Chinese-designated Diocese of Chengde that he was automatically excommunicated.

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