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Speakers outline plans for Vatican summit, saying silence and denial are unacceptable

VATICAN CITY—When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, “whether it’s criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial” on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican’s top investigator of abuse cases. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who […]

McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington. The Vatican announced the decision Feb. 16, saying he was found guilty of “solicitation in the sacrament of confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating […]

Texas locality orders popular Catholic center for migrants to vacate

WASHINGTON—A group of city commissioners in the border city of McAllen, Texas, voted in mid-February to remove from a building a popular Catholic-administered center run by Sister Norma Pimentel, who has been praised by Pope Francis for her work with migrants. McAllen city commissioners voted Feb. 11 to vacate within 90 days the building that […]

Pope calls on world leaders to eradicate poverty, hunger

ROME—Sustainable development in rural areas is key to making poverty and hunger a thing of the past, Pope Francis said. In an address to members of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s governing council Feb. 14, the pope said that while achieving such a goal “has been talked about for a long time,” there has […]

Filmmaker’s new movie ‘Across’ tells story of Father Augustus Tolton

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest ordained for a diocese in the United States, was born into slavery and endured myriad obstacles, both inside the Catholic Church and out, as he relentlessly followed his call from God. Nashville filmmaker Chris Foley, inspired by the story of Father Tolton’s life, has written and directed […]

This year’s Lent could be just what struggling church needs

WASHINGTON—When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it. This set-aside time for prayer and reflection — after all the church has been through in recent months — could provide both a healing balm and a needed boost forward, some say. Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is typically […]

Indiana parish opens ‘Blessing Box’ as a gift to people in need

INDIANAPOLIS—Father Doug Marcotte believes “there’s no better way to change a community than one small act of kindness at a time.” So the pastor of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Jeffersonville embraced a plan from one of the parishioners to help individuals and families in the community when they don’t have enough food […]

Catholic-run shelters strain with arrival of asylum-seekers at U.S. border

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico—Gangs in Honduras first threatened Denia Garcia’s husband six months ago, telling him to join with them or die. Her husband, a police officer, fled to the United States, arriving successfully. In his absence, the gangs threatened Garcia, sending her on the migrant path with her children, ages 2 and 5. Garcia, who […]

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USCCB celebrates heroes who helped shape the Church

Watch the video on The Life and Legacy of Mother Mary Lange as part of the celebration of Black History Month. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers ways to explore the lives of heroes that helped shape the Church. This week, learn about Mary Lange, born Elizabeth Clarisse Lange, who left a lasting legacy […]

The power to REBOOT comes from Christ’s love

COLUMBIA—Chris Stefanick uses a current turn of phrase to describe how true faith in Christ and His love envelops every part of our lives.  “There are no safe spaces in Christianity,” Stefanick told a large crowd at the Basilica of St. Peter on Jan. 24.  It was the second night of his REBOOT session, a […]

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