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Federal Agents Serve Subpoenas to Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Justice has served subpoenas to several dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania, in what is believed to be a statewide move by federal authorities to investigate sexual abuse of minors by Catholic...

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What Young Religious Hope to Hear From Youth Synod

Tonia Borsellino knows she’s a part of the “1%” in the U.S. It doesn’t bother her. In fact, she seems proud. She’s actually Sister Tonia Borsellino. And as a newly veiled, 23-year-old novice with the Mercederian Sisters, she is among the 1% of...

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Many Key Issues to Be Decided in State-Level Elections

The elections for Congress may be dominating headlines, but a number of issues of critical importance to Catholics — ranging from abortion to school choice — will be decided in state-level elections across the country Nov. 6. “It’s so important...

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Saginaw Bishop Dies After Battle With Lung Cancer

SAGINAW, Mich . — Bishop Joseph Cistone died in his home Tuesday morning, the Diocese of Saginaw has reported. Local officials told reporters they received a 911 call from the bishop’s home Tuesday morning, adding that first responders found the...

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Pope Tells Seminarians to Report Abuse ‘Immediately’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told a group of Italian seminarians to report immediately to their bishop if they ever see or suspect any kind abuse, sexual or otherwise, on the part of a priest. “On this point, speak clearly,” the Pope told the...

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The Cup He Drinks Is Suffering

Sunday, Oct. 21, is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mass Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45. Last week’s Gospel reading ended with Jesus telling his disciples that those who have left all behind to...

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch Younan Discusses Synod’s Priorities

Despite the horrendous loss of the Catholic youth population in the Middle East, due to death, kidnapping and other persecution leading them to emigrate abroad, the highest authority of the small Syriac Catholic Church has no doubt: “For us, the...

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Pope Francis: To Hate Is to Kill in the Heart

VATICAN CITY — A person may not have killed someone, but if he is angry or has hate toward another person, it is like he has killed him or her in his heart, Pope Francis said Wednesday. To insult or hate someone, or to have contempt, is a way of...

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What Did Jesuit Superior Mean When He Said Pope Is Not the ‘Chief’ of the Church?

VATICAN CITY — Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Jesuits, said in an interview Monday that Pope Francis consciously calls himself the Bishop of Rome, instead of using grander titles. “Very frequently, we forget that the pope is...

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The ‘Red Hat Report’: Should Laypeople Investigate Cardinals?

When Philip Nielsen set out as a concerned Catholic layman to respond to what he saw as a lack of transparency in Church governance, he knew he could expect opposition. Indeed, he has faced plenty since word got out that he was organizing Better...