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Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

Top Vatican diplomat calls for universal abolition of death penalty

| Anne Condodina | September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Abolishing the death penalty worldwide would reflect the brave and hope-filled belief that crime can be dealt with without capital punishment and that a criminal should be given the chance to reform, a top Vatican diplomat told world leaders.

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Father Long engaged lay staff in ministry

Father Long engaged lay staff in ministry

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

While Father Jack Long always appreciated working with lay staff in his 40 years of ministry, he said their vital roles became more evident in his final two assignments — both parishes with more than 3,500 households. He refuses to micromanage, he said. “If I’m going to hire a janitor, I’m going to hope that he knows the ins and outs of a boiler, because I don’t.”

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Once a priest at ‘parish to the mall,’ Father Thompson maintains Franciscan spirituality

Once a priest at ‘parish to the mall,’ Father Thompson maintains Franciscan spirituality

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Dennis Thompson hasn’t been a member of the Franciscan order for 15 years, but he considers himself “a Franciscan at heart.”

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‘Two steps forward, one step back’: Vatican diplomacy with China

‘Two steps forward, one step back’: Vatican diplomacy with China

| Michael Sainsbury | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Deng Xiaoping took charge of the Chinese Communist Party in late 1978 and announced his program of reform, it was the beginning of the end of 39 years of isolation for China’s Christians.

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German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The head of the German bishops conference formally apologized for sexual abuse in the church, saying it “has been denied, turned away from and covered up for far too long.”

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Are our kids safe?

Are our kids safe?

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As new abuse scandals rock the U.S., safe environment policies — and their enforcement — in the spotlight

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N.J. cardinal won’t attend synod, asks to remain home at ‘time of crisis’

N.J. cardinal won’t attend synod, asks to remain home at ‘time of crisis’

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told the people of his archdiocese Sept. 21 that Pope Francis has granted his request that he stay at home to remain with them during this “time of crisis” in the U.S. church.

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Detroit Archdiocese welcomes investigation into Michigan dioceses

Detroit Archdiocese welcomes investigation into Michigan dioceses

| Mike Stechschulte | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michigan’s attorney general has opened an investigation into the handling of sexual abuse by clergy in all of Michigan’s seven Catholic dioceses, as well as any attempts to cover up those claims dating back to the 1950s.

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Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I hope this resolution brings some measure of justice to you,” Archbishop Hebda said to survivors. “Yet, I know that no amount of money will make up for the horrors you experienced and the far-too-frequent failures by priests and bishops — inexcusable failures that went on for way too long.”

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On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

| Cindy Wooden | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said.

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Ospino: Encuentro reflects ‘energy, maturity’ of a Church ‘here to stay’

Ospino: Encuentro reflects ‘energy, maturity’ of a Church ‘here to stay’

| Norma Montenegro Flynn | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The thousands of Hispanic Catholic ministry leaders gathered in Texas for the Fifth National Encuentro shared views on the maturity and presence of their diverse community and held dialogues on the dreams and challenges that they face.

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Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

| Katie Scott | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

A past president of the University of Portland, Holy Cross Brother Raphael Wilson, is listed in the recently released grand jury report investigating the widespread alleged sexual abuse of children within six Pennsylvania dioceses and claims of a systemic cover-up by senior Church officials.

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