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Our Lady of Walsingham and the ‘Dowry of Mary’

In 2014, on his 60th birthday, Msgr. John Armitage, then vicar general of the Diocese of Brentwood, England, was appointed the rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk.  Following the announcement, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said:...

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After Summer of Revelations, Cardinal Wuerl Faces Tattered Legacy, Future in the Balance

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl, his angular face gaunt with fatigue and strain, returned to the pulpit at the close of a Sunday Mass in early September and offered a plea for forgiveness, and a call to spiritual renewal. “Any successful...

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Pope Francis in Latvia: Don’t Let Christianity Become an Artifact

RIGA, Latvia — During an ecumenical prayer service in Latvia Monday, Pope Francis warned Christians to not let the faith turn into another piece of history, but to keep it an active part of their lives and communities.      “This is a recurring...

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Court Strikes Down Hawaii Law Requiring Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Abortion

HONOLULU — A Hawaii law requiring pro-life doctors and pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion was struck down by a federal district court Thursday. “Hawaii’s pro-life, nonprofit pregnancy centers offer free practical resources, information...

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Gomez to ‘Encuentro’: Jesus Sent Disciples; Guadalupe Sent Juan Diego; God Sends You

DALLAS — At the final Mass of the “National V Encuentro” gathering, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles encouraged Hispanic and Latino Catholics to go out into the world and be missionary disciples for the Church, like many holy laypeople have...

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The Faithful Are Crying Out for Action. Will Church Leaders Listen?

Since the news of sex-abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and accusations of cover-up broke early this summer, laity across the United States — victims, angry parishioners who felt they were kept in the dark about...

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Seek Service, Reject Selfishness

Sunday, Sept. 23, is the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B). Mass Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20, Psalm 54:3-6, 8, James 3:16-4:3, Mark 9:30-37. By God’s design, human beings are social rather than solitary creatures. We need to live in society...

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Journeying From Grief to Grace: How a Retreat Program Helps Sex-Abuse Victims Heal

Two experiences of sexual abuse, one by a priest, left Marty Meyer like many victims of trauma: outwardly normal, but inwardly distant from people, especially men. After trying therapy and prayer for inner healing, he finally found help through...

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Healing Abuse Victims Is Key: Priest Says Spiritual Start Paves the Way Forward

Father Dominic Allain, a London-based priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, England, is the international pastoral director of “Grief to Grace” Ministries, a retreat progr

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Cardinal Dolan ‘Impatient’ Waiting for Apostolic Visitation in Response to McCarrick

NEW YORK — The Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the Church’s ongoing sexual abuse crisis, he has grown “impatient” while awaiting a decision from the Pope on a request made by...