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Documents show Pope Paul VI did not act alone on 'Humanae Vitae'
This is the cover of the Italian book,

This is the cover of the Italian book, "The Birth of an Encyclical: 'Humanae Vitae' in the Light of the Vatican Archives." The book is by Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, who was given special access by Pope Francis to research "Humane Vitae" in the Vatican Archives. CNS photo/Libreria Editrice Vaticana

VATICAN CITY – Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was a "myth" that Blessed Paul VI largely set out on his own in writing "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical on married love and the regulation of births.

In anticipation of the encyclical's 50th anniversary, Pope Francis gave special access to the archives to Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, a professor at Rome's Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Catholic organizations playing key role in reunification of children

WASHINGTON – Some migrant children younger than 5 separated from their families by the government were recently reunited with loved ones with help from Catholic organizations.

About two dozen families in all were brought back together July 9 with help from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA and a network of other agencies from around the country.

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Pope Francis advances sainthood causes of young teens
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis issued decrees advancing the sainthood causes of four candidates, including two young teenagers who heroically lived the Christian virtues. More ...
Friday, July 6, 2018
Msgr. John B. Szymanski, pillar of two dioceses, mourned at funeral Masses
Funeral services were held July 2 and 3 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Old Bridge, for Msgr. John B. Szymanski, vicar general emeritus of the Metuchen Diocese and a native of the Trenton Diocese. More ...
Friday, July 6, 2018
Vatican releases schedule of Pope's trip to Baltic nations
VATICAN CITY -- Twenty-five years after St. John Paul II visited Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Pope Francis will make the same three-nation visit Sept. 22-25, stopping at a number of the same places as his saint-predecessor. More ...
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Catholic bishops visit border, call for urgent reunification of children
SAN JUAN, Texas – In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more "somber" experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls of a converted Walmart. More ...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Pope at pallium Mass: Jesus wants disciples unafraid to aid others
VATICAN CITY -- God wants his disciples to bring his mercy and love to everyone, everywhere on earth, which means it may cost them their "good name," comfort and their life, Pope Francis said on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. More ...
Friday, June 29, 2018
Local leaders react to humanitarian crisis at U.S.-Mexico border
Although the Trump Administration reports that parents and children seeking entry and often asylum in the United States are no longer actively being separated, questions remain about how many children are being detained without their parents, and how they will be reunited with their families.  

Concerns also persist surrounding the treatment of asylum-seekers going forward, with calls for a more humane way of treating those who have fled violence and fear in their native countries. 
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Friday, June 29, 2018
Relic of early pope, found by waste company, given to London cathedral

LONDON – A relic of bones of an early pope was given to the Catholic Church after it was stolen from a car and recovered by a waste disposal company.

Three fragments of a bone said to belong to St. Clement I, a first-century martyr who was ordained a bishop by St. Peter the Apostle, were presented to London's Westminster Cathedral June 19 by James Rubin, owner of Enviro Waste.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration's family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

The executive order seeks to work around a 1997 consent decree that bars the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention – even if they are with their parents – for more than 20 days. The executive order instructs the attorney general to seek federal court permission to modify the consent decree.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Bishops 'cannot, in good faith, endorse' new GOP immigration bill, migration chairman says
WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops "cannot, in good faith, endorse" an immigration bill submitted by the House's Republican leadership, said Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Update: Abuse allegation levied against Cardinal McCarrick

WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Pope supports U.S. bishops' criticism of 'immoral' immigration policy

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump Administration's policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons.

"I am on the side of the bishops' conference," Pope Francis said in an interview. "Let it be clear that in these things, I respect [the position of] the bishops' conference."

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Big book of numbers: Vatican volume tracks church statistics
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for a special Synod of Bishops to focus on the Amazon region not primarily because of the rainforest's key role in the ecological health of the planet, but mostly because he sees pastoral needs there that require special attention. More ...
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions' asylum decision
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  -- The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States. More ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Pope's August visit to Ireland will include quick trip to Knock
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' brief visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families Aug. 25-26 will include a quick trip to the Marian shrine at Knock and a special meeting with homeless families. More ...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Sports on Sundays OK, except when used to skip Mass, says Vatican
VATICAN CITY -- A new Vatican document cautions against the dangers of highly competitive children's sports, political and economic pressures on athletes to win '"at all costs" and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans. More ...
Friday, June 1, 2018
U.S. Bishops' Migration chairman urges administration to keep families together
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Teaching on all-male priesthood is definitive, cardinal-designate says
VATICAN CITY -- That only men can be validly ordained to the priesthood is a truth that is part of the Catholic faith and will not and cannot change, said Cardinal-designate Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Vatican releases summer schedule of major papal events
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will create 14 new cardinals during a late afternoon consistory June 28, not June 29 as he had announced originally. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Cardinal stats: Pope makes college more international, not much younger
VATICAN CITY -- Although it is not unusual for a pope to set aside temporarily the limit of 120 cardinals under the age of 80, Pope Francis has done so in a way that could last for more than a year. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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