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The Church responds to reports of sexual abuse of minors, vulnerable adults
In the wake of child sexual abuse reports out of Pennsylvania, and in regard to the conduct of then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly of the Archdiocese of Washington, The Monitor is committed to sharing with our readers news and developments as the Church works to address these concerns.  We will post links to all new reports in this space to give our readers more direct access to this content. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saints risk all for love of Jesus, Pope says at canonization Mass of 7 new saints
VATICAN CITY – Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Hometown saints: Pilgrims at canonization support their local 'heroes'
VATICAN CITY -- As the sun rose over the Tiber River, seven banners hanging on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica depicting the Church's newest saints were illuminated by the new day. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018
For Catholics, St. Oscar Romero's canonization a dream come true
ROME -- For many pilgrims from El Salvador and for many Catholics who focus on the tie between faith and justice, waiting for the canonization of St. Oscar Romero was an exercise in patience. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018
El Salvador celebrates its first saint, whose legacy continues
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Near the end of his homily at a Mass just prior to St. Oscar Romero's canonization, Jesuit Father Jose Maria Tojeira yelled to the crowd outside the Metropolitan Cathedral: "Viva Monsenor Romero!" (Long live Bishop Romero!) More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl's resignation as Washington archbishop
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as archbishop of Washington but did not name a successor.

When the Pope's decision was announced Oct. 12, the Archdiocese of Washington released a letter from Pope Francis to the cardinal, making clear his support for Cardinal Wuerl's ministry and leadership, but also praising the cardinal for putting the good of the Church first.
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Friday, October 12, 2018
Retired Philadelphia auxiliary bishop dies; recalled as 'beloved pastor'
PHILADELPHIA -- Bishop Louis A. DeSimone, retired auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia and pastor emeritus of St. Monica Parish in South Philadelphia, died Oct. 5 at St. Thomas Monastery in Villanova following a brief illness. More ...
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
How the synod works: Cardinal shares statistics, working rules
VATICAN CITY -- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, introduced the work of the synod on young people Oct. 3 with a variety of statistics and informational notes. More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Vatican reviewing McCarrick case, vows to pursue truth no matter what
VATICAN CITY  -- Promising a thorough review of how the Vatican handled allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the Vatican acknowledged that what happened may fall short of the procedures that are in place today. More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Next Encuentro phase is action by parishes, dioceses on ideas, priorities
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 3,000 Hispanic ministry leaders, like Dominican Sister Judith Maldonado, have gone back to their parishes and dioceses to share the ideas and fruits of the conversations that took place at the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas. More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - OUR CHURCH - Oct. 7, 2018
The following briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service: More ...
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Pope Francis' 2018 message for World Mission Sunday
I would like to reflect with you on the mission that we have received from Christ. In speaking to you, I also address all Christians who live out in the Church the adventure of their life as children of God.

What leads me to speak to everyone through this conversation with you is the certainty that the Christian faith remains ever young when it is open to the mission that Christ entrusts to us.
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Saturday, October 6, 2018
At synod, young people call for more involvement, representation
VATICAN CITY -- Young people from around the world told Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops that they no longer want to remain on the sidelines but want to take an active role in the church. More ...
Friday, October 5, 2018
U.S. seminary to open office for lay formation, partners with Rome center
CHICAGO -- The largest seminary on the East Coast will establish a new office dedicated to the formation of the laity as the result of a partnership with a lay institute in Rome. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Listen to young people, be open to change, cardinal tells synod
VATICAN CITY -- Members of the Synod of Bishops are called to recognize the challenges young people face in living their faith, interpret those challenges in the light of faith and make "courageous choices" to renew the Catholic Church and its ministry to teens and young adults, said Brazilian Cardinal Sergio da Rocha. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Be lifeline of hope for youth alienated from Church, Pope tells synod
VATICAN CITY -- Setting the stage for a monthlong gathering of bishops, Pope Francis urged synod fathers not to be crushed by "prophets of doom," but to be the signs of hope and joy for which today's young people yearn. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Pope: Pray to protect Church from devil, step up fight against abuse
VATICAN CITY -- Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the Church from attacks by the devil, but also that the Church would be more aware of its sins and stronger in its efforts to combat abuse. More ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018
USCCB Respect Life statement calls for more 'messengers of God'
WASHINGTON – Each year, the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics "to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between," said the chairman of the bishops' pro-life committee. More ...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - OUR CHURCH - Sept. 29
The following news briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service. More ...
Sunday, September 30, 2018
End of an era: Quebec Ursulines leave 17th-century monastery
QUEBEC CITY -- Daylight illuminates the monastery's long corridors, seeping through the old windows dotting its thick walls. More ...
Sunday, September 30, 2018
#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church
CHICAGO – Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer "hope and unity" for Catholics by inviting them to share their positive stories about faith and community "during this difficult chapter in the Church." More ...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018



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