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Eastern Orthodox Breach: Russian Orthodox Church Splits From Constantinople

KIEV, Ukraine — The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, claiming his recognition of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine departed from Orthodox Christian...

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Pope John Paul II and the Call of Peter

The 40th anniversary of the election of St. John Paul II as pope brings to mind his two rhetorical introductions, the power of which instantly characterized his long papacy. First, there was the “pope from a faraway country” address on the...

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Tithing Goes Digital: Parishes Adapt to Cashless Society

OMAHA, Neb. — At St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Omaha, the widow’s mite is finally going digital. After research and planning, the parish is rolling out brochures and bulletin notices about the new forms of electronic giving that will allow them...

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A Saint in the Family: Relatives of Katharina Kasper Were in Rome for Canonization

  VATICAN CITY — In St. Peter’s Square Oct. 14, 70,000 people celebrated the seven new key holders to the kingdom of heaven. Many devotees came to honor Pope St. Paul VI, but for the Morlino family of Connecticut, a trip to the Eternal City was...

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Pope Laicizes Two Chilean Bishops for Sexual Abuse of Minors

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has officially expelled two Chilean bishops from the clerical state. Both men were accused of sexual abuse of minors. The decision was issued without the possibility to appeal, the Vatican announced Oct. 13. The...

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Vatican Confirms Synod’s Final Report to Be Voted on ‘Part by Part’

VATICAN CITY — The head of Vatican communications said Monday that the youth synod’s final document will be voted on “part by part,” requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis. Speaking at a press...

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Catholic Church in Venezuela Suffers With Her People

CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela — There probably aren’t too many groups more deserving of a spiritual retreat than the priests of the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana, located on Venezuela’s eastern frontier. Already facing a severe clergy shortage, the...

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Cardinal Napier: Parishes, Learn From Youth Synod; Synod, Hear African Voices

VATICAN CITY — A prominent South African cardinal said Saturday that the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” can be a model for the way that Church leaders engage with youth in parishes and dioceses...

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Three (and a Half)-Step Plan for Reforming the Church

Faithful Catholics are understandably distressed over the scandalous revelations about our church. Sexual abuse of minors, sexual harassment of seminarians, cover-ups by bishops are all part of the mix, not to mention financial malfeasance for...

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Pope Francis at Canonization: ‘Jesus Is Radical’

VATICAN — “Jesus is radical,” Pope Francis said in his homily at the canonization of Pope Paul VI, Oscar Romero, and five other new saints. “He gives all and he asks all: he gives a love that is total and asks for an undivided heart,” the pope...