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Pope makes surprise visit to mobile clinic in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a mobile health care facility set up in St. Peter’s Square to serve the city’s homeless and poor. Entering the square from under Bernini’s colonnade Nov. 16, the pope walked to the makeshift medical center accompanied by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting […]

Pope meets Israeli president at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the Vatican Nov. 15 for a private discussion that included the importance of building greater trust between Israelis and Palestinians. During their 35-minute meeting, they spoke about the importance of mutual trust in negotiations “so as to reach an accord respecting the legitimate aspirations of both […]

Cardinal says he leaves USCCB assembly more hopeful than when it started

BALTIMORE—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was leaving the bishops’ fall general assembly Nov. 14 more hopeful than when the meeting began two days earlier. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in remarks closing the assembly that his hope was primarily grounded in Christ as well as realizing that […]

Bishop sets town hall meetings to discuss abuse crisis

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone announced to The Miscellany that he will hold town hall meetings to talk about and answer questions related to the current crisis in the Catholic Church and the results of the U.S. bishops meeting, which was held in Baltimore Nov. 12-14. The meetings will be held in every deanery and each […]

Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral against racism

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore. The document, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” passed 241-3 with one abstention. It required a two-thirds vote by all bishops, or 183 votes, for passage. “Despite many […]

Christians live their lives to reveal the great truth of God

VATICAN CITY—Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said. “Where there are lies, there is no love, one cannot have love,” he said Nov. 14 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. To live a life “of inauthentic communication is serious because it obstructs […]

Even without vote, discussing abuse protocols still ‘productive’, cardinal says

WASHINGTON—A Vatican request that the U.S. bishops postpone voting on several proposals to address abuse was a disappointment but they “quickly took a deep breath” and realized they could still have a productive discussion about the measures, said New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. “It’s a big thing and I don’t mind telling you … […]

Temporary mobile health clinic for the poor opens in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY—As workers were getting St. Peter’s Square ready for this year’s Nativity scene, nearby a large mobile health care facility was set up and running to serve the city’s homeless and poor. About two dozen men and a few women were sitting or standing in a spacious area, quietly waiting their turn or filling […]

Black Catholic History month can initiate a life of celebration and learning

November is Black Catholic History Month, and it is a time full of eye-opening information for many people. For example, most people don’t realize that black Catholic history dates all the way back to the Acts of the Apostles (8: 26-40) with the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch by Philip the Deacon. The National Black […]

Father Joseph Tedesco is chosen as new superior of Mepkin Abbey

MONCKS CORNER—Trappist Father Joseph A. Tedesco was elected the new leader of Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey on Nov. 3. Father Joe, as he is known, succeeds Father Stan Gumula, who led the Mepkin community for the past 12 years. The monks chose the priest to be their new superior, and it was confirmed by […]

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