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Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. priest, Spanish martyrs

Pope advances sainthood causes for U.S. priest, Spanish martyrs

| Carol Glatz | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of Father Augustus Tolton, who was the first African American diocesan priest in the United States and founder of the first black Catholic parish in Chicago.

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MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Three new sources of state funding will help protect life from conception to age 2 — the first 1,000 days of life.

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Stillwater Catholic teen upholds human dignity with new scout patch

Stillwater Catholic teen upholds human dignity with new scout patch

| June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Inspired to help others grow in their faith, Girl Scout Carrie Johnson has become the first Girl or Boy Scout in the country to create a Catholic-themed patch, according to national Catholic scouting committee members.

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U.S., English bishops welcome Vatican document on gender ideology

U.S., English bishops welcome Vatican document on gender ideology

| Elizabeth Bachmann | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic bishops in the U.S., England and Wales welcomed the Vatican’s statement that gender ideology is opposed to faith and reason, and that Catholic schools and parents must help teach children that gender is fixed from birth.

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Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops are scheduled to vote on a plan to implement the “motu proprio” “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable.

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Cesareo repeats call for greater lay involvement as church tackles abuse

Cesareo repeats call for greater lay involvement as church tackles abuse

| Dennis Sadowski | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Review Board chairman Francesco Cesareo offered the U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore a series of recommendations that he said will strengthen the church’s response to the ongoing clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, “Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments,” in which the bishops hope to regain “the trust of the people of God.”

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Proposed protocol outlines restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

Proposed protocol outlines restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

If a credible accusation of sexual misconduct has been reported against a retired bishop, his successor may act to limit the retired bishop’s scope of ministry, including the celebration of the sacraments and the right to be buried in the diocesan cathedral, according to a proposed document presented to the bishops the first day of their June 11-13 spring general assembly in Baltimore.

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Vatican bank reports decreased profits in 2018

Vatican bank reports decreased profits in 2018

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, made a profit of 17.5 million euros (about US$19.8 million) in 2018, just over half the profit reported in the previous year, according to its annual report.

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Mexican bishops on migrants: ‘We cannot turn ourselves into that wall’

Mexican bishops on migrants: ‘We cannot turn ourselves into that wall’

| David Agren | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference questioned the details of a deal in which Mexico will strengthen security along its southern border with Guatemala and impede the path of migrants fleeing poverty, violence and food insecurity.

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Most U.S. adults don’t think abuse is more common among Catholic leaders

Most U.S. adults don’t think abuse is more common among Catholic leaders

| Elizabeth Bachmann | June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite the slew of abuse allegations and cases surfacing within the Catholic Church, most U.S. adults actually do not think that sexual abuse of children is more common among Catholic priests and leadership than it is among any other adult groups.

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Mother church of Washington’s black Catholics called ‘holy ground’

Mother church of Washington’s black Catholics called ‘holy ground’

| Mark Zimmermann | June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

As they have ever since free men and women of color — including some people emancipated from slavery — founded their parish in 1858, members of St. Augustine Parish gathered inside their church to praise God at Mass June 2.

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