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Pope sets up new body to speed handling of sex abuse appeals

Pope sets up new body to speed handling of sex abuse appeals

| Cindy Wooden | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has established a special body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to speed up the process of hearing and ruling on appeals filed by priests laicized or otherwise disciplined in sexual abuse or other serious cases.

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Pew survey shows Latin Americans leaving Catholicism

Pew survey shows Latin Americans leaving Catholicism

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Increasing numbers of Catholics in Latin America are abandoning the church in favor of evangelical congregations or nonreligious life, according to a new survey, making Pope Francis’ calls for renewed evangelization efforts in the region ever more urgent.

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Catholics want to learn more about their faith, bishops report

Catholics want to learn more about their faith, bishops report

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

For three and a half years, members of several U.S. bishops’ committees have been trying to pinpoint what Catholics in the pew are thinking and why they accept or reject church teachings.

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Remains of Ugandan Comboni found in Mexican mass grave

Remains of Ugandan Comboni found in Mexican mass grave

| David Agren | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The remains of a missionary priest missing for months were recovered from a mass grave in the southern state of Guerrero, adding to the horror of the crimes and killings in a region now notorious for the disappearance and possible deaths of 43 teacher trainees.

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Chicago installs Archbishop Blase Cupich

Chicago installs Archbishop Blase Cupich

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jesus invites all to take risk ‘of being more,’ says Chicago archbishop

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Hypoallergenic incense, low-gluten hosts can ease Massgoers’ allergies

Hypoallergenic incense, low-gluten hosts can ease Massgoers’ allergies

| Tara Connolly | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Billowing clouds of incense at Mass and the inability to receive Communion can force some Catholics to cover their face or get out of the pew because of allergies and a sensitivity to wheat.

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Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

Pope confirms he will visit Philadelphia in September

| Francis X. Rocca | November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

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Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

Vatican public restrooms to include showers for the homeless

| Cindy Wooden | November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter’s Square will include showers where the homeless can wash.

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Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

Seal of confession is absolute, even after penitent dies, officials say

| Cindy Wooden | November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would be excommunicated for revealing the contents of a confession when ordered to testify by a court or even after the penitent dies, Vatican officials said.

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Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

| Cindy Wooden | November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

“With great trepidation, I am following the dramatic incidents of Christians in several parts of the world being persecuted and killed because of their religious beliefs,” the pope said. “I must express my deep spiritual closeness to the Christian communities so harshly struck by an absurd violence that does not show signs of stopping.”

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Revision of ritual for dedicating altar, exorcisms, other liturgy items approved

Revision of ritual for dedicating altar, exorcisms, other liturgy items approved

| Patricia Zapor | November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

With little discussion except over a handful of minor amendments, the U.S. bishops accepted four liturgical items Nov. 11 during their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore.

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Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops’ agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, the president of their conference said Nov. 11 that he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders soon on several topics.

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