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US Bishops Authorize Reporting Mechanism for Episcopal Abuse Cases

BALTIMORE - US bishops voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a national third-party system for victims confidentially to report cases of abuse by bishops in violation of Vos estis lux mundi. “I think it’s obvious to me, and hopefully, I...

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Notre-Dame To Celebrate First Mass Since Fire Saturday

PARIS - The first Mass in Notre-Dame de Paris since the cathedral's April fire will be said Saturday evening in a side chapel that houses the crown of thorns. The June 15 Mass will be of the feast of the dedication of Notre-Dame, which is held...

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Father Augustus Tolton, Former African American Slave, Advances Toward Sainthood

VATICAN CITY - Father Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American saint. Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Father Tolton June...

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Pope Francis: Unity is in the ‘DNA’ of Christian Community

VATICAN CITY - An essential characteristic of Christian community is its unity in diversity, and the freedom this gives to Christians to come alive as witnesses of Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday. The selection of Matthias to take Judas’...

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Judge Issues Injunction to Keep Mo. Abortion Facility Open Another Two Weeks

ST. LOUIS - Judge Michael F. Stelzer of Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis granted the city’s Planned Parenthood clinic a preliminary injunction Monday, allowing the state’s only abortion clinic to remain open until June 21, despite the state’s...

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US Bishops Open Debate on Abuse Reforms at USCCB Meeting

BALTIMORE - On the morning of the first day of the USCCB’s General Assembly in Baltimore, discussion began on three proposals to improve episcopal accountability.   As the discussion developed June 11, much of the focus concerned the role of lay...

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During USCCB Meeting, Lay Advisors Urge Holy See to Release McCarrick Documents

BALTIMORE — Members of advisory bodies to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called Tuesday for the bishops to urge the Holy See to make public all documentation related to the misconduct of Theodore McCarrick, in accord with canon and civil...

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Anomalies Abound in Cardinal Pell’s Abuse Trials

Does the very improbability of an accusation mean that it is more likely to be true? That is the argument advanced by prosecutors in the case of Cardinal George Pell, and it indicates a dangerous dynamic in trials for some cases of historic...

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Chicago’s ‘Broken Mary’ Procession Offers Hope

CHICAGO — A radio legend in Chicago found the broken Mary statue thoughtlessly discarded at the side of a dumpster, and it seemed to be a Godsend for the disc jockey after a series of personal setbacks — a terrible illness, getting fired and a...

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Bishops to Return ‘Gifts’ from West Virginia's Bishop Bransfield

BALTIMORE - Several bishops and other Church leaders have said they will return money given to them by retired West Virginia Bishop Michael Bransfield, who is accused of serially sexually harassing or coercing seminarians and young priests, while...