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Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

| Mark Pattison | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In most election cycles, there may be 30 to 50 new members of Congress. For 2019, there are 89 — and a 90th may yet be headed for Capitol Hill based on how a disputed House election in North Carolina plays out.

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Archbishop calls ‘9 Days for Life’ a ‘powerful prayer initiative’

Archbishop calls ‘9 Days for Life’ a ‘powerful prayer initiative’

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The novena “9 Days for Life” is a “powerful prayer initiative” for the end to abortion and for “the respect of all human life,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

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Abuse report’s claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called ‘misleading’

Abuse report’s claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called ‘misleading’

| Julie Asher | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state’s Catholic dioceses acted “in virtual lockstep” to cover up abuse allegations and dismiss alleged victims over a 70-year period starting in 1947 is “inaccurate,” “unfair” and “misleading,” said a veteran journalist in an in-depth article for Commonweal magazine.

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Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said.

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Archbishop Hebda, other faith leaders join Governor Walz in addressing federal shutdown

Archbishop Hebda, other faith leaders join Governor Walz in addressing federal shutdown

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined about a dozen other faith leaders, as well as Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and other state officials at a Jan. 15 news conference at the State Capitol on the impact the longest federal government shutdown in history was having on Minnesotans, especially vulnerable populations dependent on federal services.

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Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome’s mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city’s historic water features.

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Pope will go to Romania calling for unity, focus on the common good

Pope will go to Romania calling for unity, focus on the common good

| Carol Glatz | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will make a three-day apostolic visit to Romania in late May, the Vatican announced.

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With Zimbabwe in turmoil over fuel hikes, archbishop calls for restraint

With Zimbabwe in turmoil over fuel hikes, archbishop calls for restraint

| Bronwen Dachs | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After reports of multiple deaths in violent protests over steep fuel price hikes in Zimbabwe, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare called for restraint by the security forces and protesters.

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Pope wants abuse summit to lead to clarity, action

Pope wants abuse summit to lead to clarity, action

| Carol Glatz | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

At the upcoming meeting on protecting minors, Pope Francis wants leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences to clearly understand what must be done to prevent abuse, care for victims and ensure no case is whitewashed or covered up.

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Lord’s Prayer is reaching out for father’s loving embrace, pope says

Lord’s Prayer is reaching out for father’s loving embrace, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

To pray well, people need to have the heart of a child — a child who feels safe and loved in a father’s tender embrace, Pope Francis said.

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English bishop: Britain in ‘amazing political mess’ over Brexit

English bishop: Britain in ‘amazing political mess’ over Brexit

| Simon Caldwell | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth voiced his opinion on Twitter Jan. 16, a day after the House of Commons overwhelming rejected the withdrawal agreement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union.

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Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges he knew of one accusation against predecessor

Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges he knew of one accusation against predecessor

| Rhina Guidos | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a second letter issued in mid-January about what he knew and didn’t regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington’s retired archbishop, apologized Jan. 15 for what he called a “lapse of memory,” clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, but he had “forgotten” about it.

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