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Eucharistic and Heavenly Exhibits of 21st-Century Teen on Sainthood Track

Carlo Acutis, who was named Venerable on July 5, died at the age of 15 in 2006, but he left a tremendous legacy that will continue to touch people on all five continents. (See companion article here.) How? Through the major exhibits this...

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Our Lady of Akita, Japan, and Today’s Crisis

On Oct. 13, 1973, the anniversary of Our Lady’s last apparition at Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun, she reportedly appeared to Sister Agnes Sasagawa in a convent in Akita, Japan. Who in 1973 would see part of it unfolding today, 45 years later?...

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Invites Attorney General to Review Files

ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has invited the Missouri attorney general’s office to conduct an inspection of its files related to allegations of sexual abuse and to produce an independent report. In an Aug. 23 letter to Missouri...

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Our Queen and Mother is Light in Darkness, Consolation in Sorrow

Have you checked the devastating daily readings for Mass this week? Do you know the Queenship of Mary memorial is also this week, on Aug. 22, as it is every year on the octave of her Assumption? There is a great relation going on this year with...

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Cardinal O’Malley Takes Personal Responsibility for Failing McCarrick Whistleblower

After several weeks, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has taken personal responsibility for the failure to respond to a whistleblower’s June 2015 letter on ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and his sexual abuse of seminarians. The Cardinal has apologized...

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Erie Bishop Models What a Real Apology to Victims Looks Like

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury has delivered a searing moral indictment of the Catholic Church’s bishops and their chanceries for their historic cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. In Pennsylvania alone, more than a thousand victims were attacked by...

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The Assumption Dogma — What We Need to Know

Venerable Pius XII begins Munificentissimus Deus quite unexpectedly, first referring to something troubling him — something rapidly multiplying in our day. Remember, this was 1950. He said his “pontificate is weighed down by ever so many cares,...

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‘Global Family Eucharistic Holy Hour’ is Coming to TV

“The children are prayer warriors. That’s what is so important. The kids are doing the battle when they are praying — praying for families,” says Pat Polachek, one of the main organizers of the Global Family Eucharistic Holy Hour. This Holy Hour...

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Metuchen Bishop: Fear of Retribution Must End for #MeToo Seminarians

Many bishops are now facing the reality that journalists know well: the vast majority of priests and seminarians, past and present, who experienced or saw adult sexual abuse by powerful clerics, were cowed into suffering in silence. The #MeToo...

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Bishop: Lay Faithful, not Bishops, Must Investigate McCarrick and Coverup

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has floated a proposal, published Monday morning in an exclusive interview with the National Catholic Reporter, that bishops should be impaneled to investigate the sexual predations of Theodore McCarrick, the former...