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Vatican Sets the Stage for Abuse Summit

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s summit on the “Protection of Minors in the Church” will be dedicated to responsibility, accountability and transparency, but organizers have downplayed expectations, saying it will not be a “three-day wonder” solving...

US Catholic Women Speak Out Before Vatican Summit

When bishops gather for the summit in Rome this week to address clerical sex abuse, they will have the perspective of thousands of U.S. Catholic women. The Catholic Women’s Forum (CWF) sent three documents to Pope Francis, all the archbishops and...

Before Summit, Cardinal Cupich Discusses Abuse, Homosexuality, Priestly Formation

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Blase Cupich said Monday that this week’s Vatican sex-abuse summit needs to be focused on the protection of minors, underscoring that homosexuality is not a cause of sexual abuse. While it is important to recognize the...

Lent’s Pre-Season Warm-Up: Septuagesima, Carnival, and Shrovetide

Denver — This past Sunday, Feb. 17 marked the start of Sundays known as the “Gesimas”: Septuagesima Sunday, followed by Sexagesima Sunday, and Quinquagesima Sunday. Septuagesima kicks off a period known as Pre-Lent, the Carnival season, or...

Pope Francis Asks the Faithful for Prayers Ahead of Vatican Abuse Summit

VATICAN  CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, which is slated to take place later this week and focus on the global problem of sex abuse of minors in the...

From the Crescent to the Cross

By the time he was 7 years old, growing up in Baghdad, Iraq, as a Sunni Muslim, John Paul — the name he later took when baptized — was starting to pray Islamic prayers, memorize the Quran and fast during Ramadan. At age 12, he met a Christian...

Cling to God for Life

Sunday, Feb. 17, is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C). Mass Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-4, 6; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26. In Jeremiah’s oracle of judgment against Jerusalem (17:5-8), the prophet uses a sight...

Timely Read: ‘Morality Needs ... Saints to Uncover Moral Laws’

Matters of Life & Death A Catholic Guide to the Moral Questions of Our Time By Gerard M. Verschuuren Angelico Press, 2018 210 pages, $16.95 To order:     The state of perplexity and the need for guidance have long been...