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‘Ring of Truth’ Enough to Keep Cardinal Pell in Prison

The “ring of truth.” The two justices who denied the appeal of Cardinal George Pell Aug. 21 said that the complainant’s testimony had the “ring of truth.” If so, they were able to detect the tinkle of a sanctuary bell, even though contradictory...

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Despite Losing His Appeal, Cardinal Pell ‘Maintains His Innocence’

MELBOURNE, Australia — The sexual-abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell was upheld by the Court of Appeal in the Australian state of Victoria, with an appellate panel announcing its 2-1 decision at an Aug. 21 court proceeding. Following the...

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Jesuit Superior General: Satan is a ‘Symbolic Reality’

VATICAN CITY — The superior general of the Society of Jesus said Aug. 21 that the devil is a symbol, but not a person. The devil, “exists as the personification of evil in different structures, but not in persons, because is not a person, is a...

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Florida Bishops: Serial Killer's Execution is ‘Unnecessary’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops is pleading for Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop the execution of Gary Ray Bowles, who confessed to murdering six men during a six month period in 1994. “As we approach the date of Gary Ray...

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Cardinal Jaime Ortega: A Product of Two Castros, Three Popes, One Discreet US Hand

Editor’s Note: Longtime Cuba observer Victor Gaetan spent six weeks in Havana during Lent 2010, at the height of tension over political prisoners soon after Orlando Zapata Tamayo died following his hunger strike over prison conditions. Gaetan saw...

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Archdiocese to Break Ground for Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in November

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The shy and unassuming Blessed Father Stanley Rother, a missionary priest and martyr from a farming family, would likely be surprised to learn that the largest Catholic Church in Oklahoma will bear his name. On Tuesday,...

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Pope Francis: Self-Interest and Hypocrisy Destroy the Church

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis decried hypocrisy and self-interest Wednesday, saying that Christian community should always be characterized by generosity and solidarity. "A life set only on profiting and taking advantage of situations at the...

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Holy See Issues Statement on Dismissal of Cardinal George Pell's Appeal

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Wednesday it respects the decision by the Court of Appeals in Victoria to uphold the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, while recalling the cardinal’s insistence of his innocence throughout the judicial...

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BREAKING: Cardinal Pell’s Sexual-Abuse Conviction Upheld

MELBOURNE, Australia — The conviction of Cardinal George Pell has been upheld by the Court of Appeals in Victoria. After an appellate panel announced its decision at a court proceeding Aug. 21, the cardinal was returned to prison. “By majority...

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Four More Abuse Allegations Against Former Cheyenne Bishop

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Four new sex abuse allegations have been raised against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart, spanning his time both as a priest in Missouri and a bishop in Wyoming. Jack Smith, a spokesman for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said...