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Church of England votes for women bishops; move seen as ecumenical snag

Church of England votes for women bishops; move seen as ecumenical snag

| Cindy Wooden | July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorize the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.

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In Pictures – July 17, 2014

In Pictures – July 17, 2014

| July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

Vatican questions accuracy of latest papal interview

| Francis X. Rocca | July 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vatican said the latest published interview with Pope Francis, in which he says fighting sex abuse and the mafia will be priorities of his pontificate, should not be considered a record of his exact words.

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Vatican appoints first woman rector of pontifical university in Rome

Vatican appoints first woman rector of pontifical university in Rome

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Congregation for Catholic Education has named Angeline Franciscan Sister Mary Melone, 49, to a three-year term as rector of Rome’s Pontifical Antonianum University, making her the first woman to head a pontifical university in Rome.

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Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros

Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros

| Cindy Wooden | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vatican’s final budget figures for 2013 showed a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.

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Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

Lead by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican.

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Vatican names committee to help revamp communications, media outreach

Vatican names committee to help revamp communications, media outreach

| Cindy Wooden | July 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee — which includes Our Sunday Visitor’s Greg Erlandson — to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.

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Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.

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Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

In the nation’s capital and across the country, Catholics gathered to mark the end of the Fortnight for Freedom observance that calls them to celebrate religious freedom and grow in awareness of efforts the Catholic Church sees as threats to that freedom, chief among them the federal government’s contraceptive mandate.

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High youth unemployment rates are ‘defeat’ for society, pope says

High youth unemployment rates are ‘defeat’ for society, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Job creation, respect for the environment and the second chances God grants to every sinner were recurring themes as Pope Francis visited the southern Italian region of Molise July 5.

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Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps ‘darkest and most difficult period’

Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps ‘darkest and most difficult period’

| Dale Gavlak | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country “perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the church’s) recent history.”

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Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it ‘huge vindication’

Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it ‘huge vindication’

| Michael Kelly | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis July 7 described the encounter as a “huge vindication” for her.

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