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Surprise invitation led Father Gitter to archdiocese; now he works in Rome

Surprise invitation led Father Gitter to archdiocese; now he works in Rome

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Before Father Paul Gitter came to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, an unexpected invitation to serve in the archdiocese came to him.

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Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, pope says

Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, pope says

| Anne Condodina | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, Pope Francis said.

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Washington Archdiocese releases names of priests accused of abuse

Washington Archdiocese releases names of priests accused of abuse

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of abusive priests and stated that there have been no credible claims of abuse made against archdiocesan priests in almost 20 years.

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Baltimore Archdiocese, Catholic Charities help launch Parish ID

Baltimore Archdiocese, Catholic Charities help launch Parish ID

| Paul McMullen | October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

This generation of immigrants to Baltimore will continue to find a haven in the Catholic Church.

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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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