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Update: Abuse allegation levied against Cardinal McCarrick
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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

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
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
Philadelphia Archdiocese plans conference marking Humanae Vitae's 50th jubilee
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office of Family Life and the Knights of Columbus are planning a daylong conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the landmark encyclical written and promulgated by Pope Paul VI which focuses on authentic love, marriage and family planning. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Remains of St. John XXIII begin pilgrimage in his home diocese in Italy

BERGAMO, Italy – Accompanied by Bishop Francesco Beschi of Bergamo and escorted by both Italian and Vatican police officers, the glass coffin containing the body of St. John XXIII left the Vatican early May 24 for a 370-mile drive to Bergamo.

The route taken for the trip north was kept secret for security reasons.

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Church is a mother, not a bachelor, Pope says on Marian feast day

VATICAN CITY – Without its feminine dimension, the Catholic Church risks becoming an old boy's club and incapable of love, Pope Francis said.

The Church must "remain female" and "have this attitude of a wife and mother" who nurtures her children, the Pope said in his homily May 21 during a morning Mass commemorating the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. More ...
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
All economic activity has moral dimension, doctrinal congregation says
VATICAN CITY – Financial and economic decisions – everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence – are ethical decisions that can be virtuous or sinful, a new Vatican document said. More ...
Friday, May 18, 2018
New Marian feast May 21 cultivates maternal, faithful relationship
The newest Marian feast day decreed by Pope Francis, “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” is fast approaching. Each year Latin-rite Catholics will celebrate her matriarchal status the Monday after Pentecost – taking place this year on May 21. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
First Holy Communion a faith milestone in lives of children
In parishes across the Diocese, thousands of children were welcomed at the table of the Lord for the first time as they received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, a celebration that ordinarily takes place in the spring.

Families and guardians filled their respective churches to be a part of this sacrament when children encounter Jesus in a special way in the Eucharist.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018



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