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Pope: Victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY—”No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.” “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and […]


Convocation marks 50th anniversary of restored diaconate

GREENVILLE—The central theme from the national diaconate congress held recently in New Orleans echoes what permanent deacons in the Diocese of Charleston have known for some time: Theirs is a service of charity, proclaiming the word and leading the faithful in prayer That message was delivered at the opening Mass by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic […]


Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ’s same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said. “Every time that we participate in the Holy Mass, we hasten heaven on earth in a certain sense because from the eucharistic food — the body and blood of Christ — we learn […]


Anuncia Esfuerzo que Involucrará Laicos, Expertos y el Vaticano mientras los Obispos de los Estados Unidos Resuelven Abordar la “Catástrofe Moral”

WASHINGTON— El Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo de Galveston-Houston, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB por su sigla en inglés), emitió el siguiente comunicado después de una serie de reuniones con miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de la USCCB y otros Obispos. El siguiente comunicado incluye tres objetivos y tres principios, […]


President of USCCB explains plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the “moral catastrophe” of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church. The plan “will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said. This plan […]


Vatican wants accountability for abusers and their protectors

VATICAN CITY—In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the church wants […]


Indian church joins relief efforts as floods wreak havoc in Kerala

COCHIN, India—The Catholic Church has joined relief efforts as unprecedented floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc in India’s Kerala state, killing 75 people within a week. Ucanews.com reported that all 41 Catholic dioceses in the southern state have opened schools and other institutions to accommodate flood victims and are cooperating to send food, clothes […]


Grand jury report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

WASHINGTON—The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this.” Plain and simple, at least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and in diocesan owned vehicles, and were “groomed” through diocesan programs and retreats so they could […]


On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY—Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to join him in praying […]


The history of the Assumption — and why it’s a Holy Day

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday — and the mystery behind it — has its roots in the earliest centuries of […]


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