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O’Malley expects surprises at Group of 8 meeting

Cardinal Sean O’Malley

September 30, 2013

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, one of eight cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to advise him on possible reforms of the Roman Curia, said Sept. 18 he has received extensive feedback from cardinals and archbishops in the U.S. and Canada in preparation for an Oct. 1-3 meeting with the pope.

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In Sardinia, pope denounces globalization

September 30, 2013

Visiting an Italian region especially hard hit by the European economic crisis, Pope Francis blamed high unemployment on globalization driven by greed and said those who give charitable aid to the poor must treat their beneficiaries with dignity.

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Pakistan church attack was cowardly – archbishop

September 30, 2013

The president of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference called the suicide bomb attack Sept. 22 at All Saints’ Church in Peshawar a “shameful act of cowardice,” adding that all Christian educational institutions in the country would be closed Sept. 23-25 in mourning and protest.

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Texas-Mexico bishops plan immigration letter

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller

September 23, 2013

After a gut-wrenching visit with young children in the El Paso, Texas, area who are in immigration detention, the bishops of the border region of Texas and Mexico have decided to write a joint pastoral letter on how families are harmed by the current U.S. immigration system.

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New book: Pope saved suspected dissidents

September 23, 2013

While a military-backed dictatorship in Argentina was conducting a clandestine war on suspected dissidents, then-Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future pope, masterminded a secret strategy to save those being targeted, according to a new book.

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French offer ‘charter’ upholding secularism

September 23, 2013

A spokesman for France’s bishops urged the government to ensure a new “charter of secularism” does not impede religious freedom.

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Celebrate anniversary of Baptism, pope suggests

September 23, 2013

Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Sept. 11 what he called a “homework assignment” to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.

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Bishop’s luxurious living comes under scrutiny

September 23, 2013

Germany’s Limburg Diocese pledged “dialogue and transparency” after a former Vatican nuncio was sent to defuse complaints of extravagance against Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst.

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Dolan displeased hospitals caved in on birth control

September 23, 2013

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the Catholic Health Association’s acceptance of rules governing women’s access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act was “less than helpful” to the bishops’ effort to seek changes in the mandate.

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Phoning folks is no big deal – pope

September 23, 2013

Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official.

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Kentucky sisters strive to stop natural gas pipeline

September 23, 2013

In the “Holy Land” of central Kentucky, religious communities have joined neighbouring landowners in a campaign to stop a pipeline project they fear will endanger the land they hold so dear.

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Philippine bishops call for release of hostages

September 23, 2013

Bishops in southern Philippines have condemned rebels’ use of hostages as human shields in gunfights with government troops.

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Knights on Bikes spread Catholic faith

Knights on Bikes patch

September 16, 2013

Members of the Knights on Bikes are adamant that they are not a “bike gang.”

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Pope: Marriage reflects Christ’s union with church

September 16, 2013

The Catholic Church closely safeguards the sanctity of marriage because it is a reflection of Christ’s union with his bride, the Church, Pope Francis said.

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Teachers’ strike affects Mexico City cathedral

September 16, 2013

They come and go, running riot in the Mexican capital, but they always return to a tent city in the central Zocalo Square – right in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral, which Catholic officials say has been negatively affected by the presence of so many protesting teachers.

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Dominican Republic nuncio faces sexual abuse claims

September 16, 2013

The Dominican Republic’s top prosecutor said Sept. 4 that he plans to investigate claims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, just a day after the Vatican confirmed its own investigation into the allegations.

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N. Mexico diocese to file for bankruptcy protection

September 16, 2013

When Bishop James Wall became the bishop of the Diocese of Gallup in 2009, he knew there were festering issues regarding allegations of priest sex abuse, but not to the extent that has brought the sprawling southwestern diocese to the doors of U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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WYD a great party of faith, says pope

September 16, 2013

Pope Francis recalled his July 22-28 visit to Rio de Janeiro, thanking his Brazilian hosts for their warm welcome, and describing World Youth Day celebrations there as a great party of faith.

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Pope Benedict celebrates Mass with former students

September 16, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI emerged briefly from prayerful retreat to celebrate Mass with a group of his former doctoral students.

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Mexican train derailment leads to calls for action

September 16, 2013

The Mexican bishops’ ministry for people on the move called for prayer, reflection and action after a train carrying northbound Central Americans derailed in southern Mexico, killing 11 migrants.

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