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Pope urges scientists to help protect health of planet and its people

VATICAN CITY—Scientists worldwide must serve humanity and the health of the planet, which means they must also propose viable solutions to problems and persuade government leaders and policymakers to implement them, Pope Francis said. Answers to many world problems exist, he said, so what is lacking is the desire and political will “to halt the […]

Catholic women urge bishops to work together and with laity for healing

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops, who gathered for a time of prayer at the start of their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, were urged by Catholic women church leaders Nov. 12 to be courageous and work with each other and the laity to move forward from this moment when the church is reeling from abuse allegations. The […]

Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I’s end

WASHINGTON—With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor those men and women who have served in the […]

Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate; lawsuits continue

WASHINGTON—A rule finalizing the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate should be “the end of a long cultural war fight” over the issue and confirm that the U.S. government “never needed nuns to give out contraceptives” to women, said the president of the Becket law firm. Commenting in a press call to reporters Nov. 8, […]

World has not learned lessons from Great War, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put […]

Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

BALTIMORE—At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed the bishops as they opened their fall general assembly Nov. 12 in Baltimore that the […]

Paying tribute to our freedom fighters

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a time to stand united and pay respect to all the veterans who have served our country. The day of tribute was established on Nov. 11, 1919, which was the first anniversary of the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany that ended World War I, on the eleventh hour […]

Special delivery: Vatican Christmas stamps feature inmate’s art

VATICAN CITY—As the Christmas season draws near, the Vatican postal service prepared a unique set of commemorative stamps designed by a talented, yet unlikely, artist: a prisoner serving a life sentence. The Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office announced Oct. 30 that its 2018 Christmas stamps will feature images of the Annunciation and of Mary holding […]

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Atlanta archbishop releases list of credibly accused priests

ATLANTA—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta has released a list of the priests, deacons, seminarians and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor dating from 1956, when the diocese was established, until now. Atlanta became an archdiocese in 1962. In a statement published on the archdiocese’s website, the archbishop said Nov. 6 that […]

Archival find at Catholic University of America leads to Kristallnacht remembrance service

WASHINGTON—Jews worldwide will remember the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. In a direct German translation, it means “Crystal Night,” but it is more commonly thought of as “Night of Broken Glass,” as Nazis and their sympathizers rampaged through Nazi Germany — which by this time had absorbed Austria and the Sudetenland — the night of Nov. […]

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