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Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional.

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Legion of Mary ministers to Stillwater inmates in aftermath of officer’s death

Legion of Mary ministers to Stillwater inmates in aftermath of officer’s death

| Susan Klemond | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

On a Sunday afternoon in October, 14 inmates in the chapel of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater listened as Jeanne McDonald, 60, read a prayer by Blessed Solanus Casey and highlighted two lines she thought they’d especially relate to: “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger.”

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‘Watering down’ church teaching won’t attract young people, cardinal says

‘Watering down’ church teaching won’t attract young people, cardinal says

| Cindy Wooden | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Just because some young people disagree with Catholic moral teaching, including in the area of sexuality, does not mean the Church’s teachings are unclear or should change, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Synod of Bishops.

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Indian court grants bail, with limits, to bishop accused of raping nun

Indian court grants bail, with limits, to bishop accused of raping nun

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

A court in India’s southern Kerala state granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested almost a month earlier and charged with raping a Catholic nun.

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USCCB leaders ask for prayers, donations for hurricane victims

USCCB leaders ask for prayers, donations for hurricane victims

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Two U.S. Catholic leaders have called on Catholics to pray for victims of Hurricanes Michael and Florence, along with responders to these storms, and to donate to recovery efforts in the impacted areas.

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Masses, celebrations in U.S. mark canonization of St. Romero

Masses, celebrations in U.S. mark canonization of St. Romero

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

With a Mass, processions and fellowship, about 800 people, mostly immigrants, gathered at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Washington Oct. 14 to celebrate the canonization of St. Oscar Romero.

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American pastor freed after two years in Turkey returns to U.S.

American pastor freed after two years in Turkey returns to U.S.

| October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Rev. Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Presbyterian pastor who had been jailed by Turkish authorities for nearly two years, returned to U.S. soil Oct. 13 after being freed the day before by Turkey.

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Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn’t have vote at synod

Superiors general see no reason why women shouldn’t have vote at synod

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although bishops should make up the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.

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Salvadoran archbishop asks pope to make Romero ‘doctor of the church’

Salvadoran archbishop asks pope to make Romero ‘doctor of the church’

| Junno Arocho Esteves and Melissa Vida | October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador asked Pope Francis to proclaim St. Oscar Romero the church’s first Latin American “doctor of the church.”

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Cardinal Wuerl led high-profile endeavors in 32 years as a bishop

Cardinal Wuerl led high-profile endeavors in 32 years as a bishop

| Mark Pattison | October 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, whose resignation as archbishop of Washington was accepted Oct. 12 by Pope Francis, was a high-profile figure in the U.S. church well before his 2006 appointment as archbishop of the nation’s capital

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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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