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Church will spare no effort to end abuse, pope tells Curia

VATICAN CITY—Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the Church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognize its failings and correct them. “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to […]

Rejoice in the Lord!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The beautiful and familiar Christmas scene of Mary and Joseph kneeling around a baby in a manger produces a special longing in us for the peace and harmony that the scene in Bethlehem creates. How we long for that peace. In our world today, however, that peace is so […]

‘Everything changes’ with Christ’s birth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The Annunciation — the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will bear God’s son — was such a tremendous, history-changing event that preaching about it is extremely difficult, Pope Francis said. So, when the Gospel reading for daily Mass Dec. 20 was St. Luke’s version of the Annunciation, the pope basically devoted his […]

Sister Ursula Tisdall, former principal of St. Paul the Apostle School, dies at 85

ASTON, Pa.—Franciscan Sister Ursula Tisdall died in Assisi House on Dec. 13. She was 85. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Assisi House on Dec. 18. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be scheduled for a later time at St. Matthew Church in Southborough, Mass. Sister Ursula (Elizabeth) was born in […]

Warm city, warm hearts: Panama opens its doors to young people

VATICAN CITY—As World Youth Day in Panama draws near, organizers said they are prepared to make young people from around the globe feel right at home. While warm temperatures will greet thousands of young people in Panama, Father Romero Aguilar, WYD general coordinator, told Catholic News Service he hopes that the warmth of hospitality also […]

L.A. Auxiliary Bishop Salazar resigns after misconduct allegation found credible

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 69-year-old Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles after the archdiocese’s independent Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board recommended he not be allowed to minister because of an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s. The Vatican announced Dec. 19 that Pope Francis had accepted his […]

God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

VATICAN CITY—Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said. “If Christmas ends up as just a beautiful traditional holiday,” where everything revolves around “us and not him, it […]

Communities express a joy-filled devotion to Mary

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe brings an outpouring of joy, faith and devotion to the Blessed Mother around the Diocese of Charleston.  The feast day falls on Dec. 12 and celebrates the appearance of Mary in 1531 to Juan Diego, a young Aztec weaver, on Tepayec Hill near Mexico City.  According to tradition, […]

Good politics is at the service of peace

VATICAN CITY—In today’s climate of mistrust, rejection and nationalism, the world urgently needs peacemakers and politicians who protect and lovingly serve others, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1. “Terror exerted over those who are most vulnerable contributes to the exile of entire populations who seek a […]

Bishops asked to meet abuse survivors before February meeting

VATICAN CITY—Before traveling to Rome for a major Vatican summit on the clerical sex abuse crisis and child protection, each participating bishop should meet with survivors of abuse, said the committee organizing the meeting. “The first step must be acknowledging the truth of what has happened. For this reason, we urge each episcopal conference president […]

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