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Pennsylvania lawmaker speaks at abuse victim rally in Rome

Rome, Italy, Feb 23, 2019 / 06:42 am (CNA).- Pennsylvania State Rep. Mark Rozzi spoke during a rally held by victim advocacy groups in Rome’s city center Saturday, saying he and others want..
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After AG report, Michigan dioceses clarify cooperation in reporting abuse

Lansing, Mich., Feb 23, 2019 / 04:37 am (CNA).- Catholic dioceses in the state of Michigan are reaffirming their commitment to reporting sex abuse, while asking for clarifications about recent claims..
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Rosica apologizes for plagiarism

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2019 / 11:14 pm (CNA).- A long-time Vatican spokesman has admitted to passing off the writing of others as his own, and apologized for plagiarizing. “What I’ve done is..
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'Unplanned' gets unexpected R rating

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2019 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- The movie “Unplanned,” which tells the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson’s conversion into a pro-life activist,..
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Cardinal Cupich lays out framework for bishops' accountability

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The Church needs to establish a new rules and standards for the accountability of bishops regarding sex abuse and its mishandling, the Archbishop of..
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'Protect Life Rule' to strip Planned Parenthood of some federal funds

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2019 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- After the Trump administration finalized new federal rules on Friday, by which abortion clinics will be ineligible to receive Title X Program funding...
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O'Malley defends 'zero tolerance' approach to abusive priests

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2019 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinals and clergy participating in the Vatican’s sex abuse summit expressed conflicting views on the use of the term “zero tolerance” Friday, with..
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Victims of Liberia gold mine collapse receive prayers from pope

Gbarnga, Liberia, Feb 22, 2019 / 03:21 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis offered his condolences Thursday to those affected by a mudslide at a gold mine in Liberia earlier this month which has killed at least..
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Cardinal Gracias emphasizes collegiality to address sex abuse

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2019 / 02:45 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called Friday for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in the future and to do..
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Analysis: In spite of itself, Vatican abuse summit may still do some good

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2019 / 12:32 pm (CNA).- The Vatican’s abuse summit this week will not solve the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in the U.S. In fact, it doesn’t aim to. The summit..
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Little Rock diocese welcomes Roe-triggered abortion ban in Arkansas

Little Rock, Ark., Feb 22, 2019 / 11:03 am (CNA).- The Diocese of Little Rock has said that a law signed Tuesday banning abortion in Arkansas in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned is a step..
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Women of Catholic Worker Movement on prayerful pilgrimage for abuse summit

Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2019 / 05:02 am (CNA).- American women from the Catholic Worker Movement are in Rome this week to pray for the Vatican’s sexual abuse summit in emulation of Dorothy Day’s Roman..
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Vermont bishop: Abortion bill tests limits of human brokenness

Burlington, Vt., Feb 22, 2019 / 03:14 am (CNA).- With a bill to legalize abortion for any reason until birth advancing in Vermont, the local Catholic bishop has stressed that defending unborn babies is..
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Holy See permitted priest to work at highest Vatican court for 15 years after credible abuse allegation (CNS)

In 1995, Msgr. Joseph Punderson (earlier coverage) was named defender of the bond at the Apostolic Signatura. Rayanne Bennett, executive director of the Diocese of Trenton’s Office of Communications..
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Urge Congress to stop infanticide, USCCB says in action alert (USCCB)

On February 25, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.311), sponsored by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).
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Religious minorities in India 'attacked with impunity,' human rights groups report (UCANews)

The nation of 1.3 billion is 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2% Christian, and 2% Sikh. According to the report, Muslims were targeted in the majority of incidents over the past decade, and Christians were..
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170 students kidnapped from Catholic school in Cameroon, released 1 day later (Fides)

The abduction took place in the context of the nation’s Anglophone crisis, which has claimed hundreds of lives.
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Official denies Italian diocese knew of abuse allegations against controversial lay movement's founder (Crux)

Piero Alfio Capuana, 74, known as “Archangel,” has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing girls.
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Philippine bishop deplores murder at Marian shrine (UCANews)

“We strongly condemn this killing as an act that is indicative of a complete disregard for the Christian and societal ideal we stand for — that any form of violence has no place in and outside our..
Catholic Culture - Published

The West is responsible for Middle Eastern conflicts, patriarchs tell security conference (Fides)

The heads of the Chaldean Catholic Church and Syriac Orthodox Church made their remarks at the Munich Security Conference.
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In Lebanon, Catholic, Muslim leaders unite in opposition to civil marriage proposal (Fides)

“In Lebanon, no civil code exists to regulate personal status issues, such as marriage and divorce,” a Beirut-based newspaper explains. “Rather, such matters are governed by 15 religious laws,..
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Swastika, anti-Semitic graffiti found at another Jewish cemetery in France (Times of Israel)

The French bishops firmly condemned anti-Semitism following other recent incidents.
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'Electric shocks, suffocation': Jehovah's Witnesses say Russian police tortured church members (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)

The Jehovah’s Witnesses claim 8.5 million members worldwide. The group, which does not adhere to Christian teaching on the Holy Trinity, was founded in Pittsburgh in the 1870s.
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Colombian cardinal urges bishops to take responsibility for their mission, act decisively (PBC2019.org)

Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogotá addressed the Vatican summit on protecting minors in the Church on the afternoon of the first day.
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Venezuelan cardinal appeals for spiritual renewal of the clergy (National Catholic Register)

“It is necessary to insist on the right teaching about Christian sexuality, the beauty of celibacy and perfect chastity and its motivations; fidelity to Our Lord, prudence and wisdom to avoid and..
Catholic Culture - Published

Know the pain of abuse victims and heal their wounds, Cardinal Tagle tells abuse summit (PBC2019.org)

“We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said during the first..
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Archbishop Scicluna calls on bishops to work to prevent abuse, process abuse cases (PCB2019.org)

Addressing the Vatican summit on protecting minors in the Church, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said that “the way we bishops exercise our ministry at the service of justice in our communities..
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Archbishop Vigano reflects on Vatican summit, conversion of St. Peter (National Catholic Register)

In a message released on the first day of the Vatican’s “summit meeting” on sexual abuse, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano remarked that it was “a sign of Providence” that the meeting began on..
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Vatican newspaper interviews 'Liar's Club' author about her conversion to Catholicism (L'Osservatore Romano (p. 9))

“If you’d told me at any point in my life that I’d be baptized Catholic at forty, I would’ve laughed in your face,” said Mary Karr, author of the 1995 bestseller, in a rare full-page Vatican..
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Bishops at Vatican summit hear from 5 abuse survivors (PBC2019.org)

On the first morning of the Vatican abuse summit, the bishops in attendance watched video testimony from five abuse survivors.
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Pope offers 21 points of reflection for Vatican abuse summit (Vatican Press Office)

“As a help, I would share with you some important criteria formulated by the various Episcopal Commissions and Conferences—they came from you and I have organized them somewhat,” Pope Francis..
Catholic Culture - Published

Police say Indian nun, witness in bishop's rape case, confined by superiors (UCANews)

Police in the Indian state of Kerala have accused superiors of a Catholic women’s religious order of restricting access to a nun who is a witness in a rape case, brought against Bishop Franco..
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Indian archdiocese defends Cardinal Gracias against charge of ignoring abuse (AsiaNews)

The Archdiocese of Mumbai, India, has responded to charges, aired in a BBC broadcast, that Cardinal Oswald Gracias declined to hear a sex-abuse complaint. The archdiocese reports that the cardinal was..
Catholic Culture - Published

Tagle: Confront the 'stench of filth' caused by abuse

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2019 / 05:30 pm (CNA).- An expert on abuse prevention offered “practical suggestions” to participants at a Vatican summit on child sexual abuse on Thursday, while two..
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Sodalit founder expelled from congregation

Lima, Peru, Feb 21, 2019 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has been formally expelled from the group, and forbidden from contacting any member of the Sodalitium, the..
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Polish sex abuse victims meet Pope Francis, release abuse report

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2019 / 02:16 pm (CNA).- A Polish delegation of sex abuse victims and advocates met Pope Francis Wednesday, and presented the pope with a report documenting alleged clergy sexual..
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Bangladesh fire victims receive condolences from pope

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb 21, 2019 / 12:19 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has offered his solidarity and prayers to victims of a massive fire in the center of the  Bangladeshi capital, which has reportedly..
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Pope proposes 21 'reflection points' for discussion at abuse summit

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2019 / 11:56 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Thursday gave participants in a Vatican summit on protection of minors in the Church a list of nearly two dozen discussion points for..
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Libel damages paid to UK pro-life charity

London, England, Feb 21, 2019 / 11:00 am (CNA).- A British pro-life charity has been awarded thousands of pounds in a court case after a local government council made libellous statements about the..
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Covington Catholic student sues Washington Post over Nathan Phllips story

Covington, Ky., Feb 21, 2019 / 10:39 am (CNA).- Attorneys for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann announced they filed a $250 million dollar lawsuit against the Washington Post..
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California bill would remove reporting exemption for priests in confessional

Sacramento, Calif., Feb 21, 2019 / 09:00 am (CNA).- A state senator in California introduced a bill Wednesday which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession in..
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Francis opens abuse summit with call for 'concrete measures'

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2019 / 04:20 am (CNA).- At the start of the Vatican’s sex abuse summit Thursday, Pope Francis pointed to expectations for the meeting to produce responsibility and concrete..
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Review: Not much substance 'In the Closet of the Vatican'

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- “In the closet of the Vatican,” a newly released book by the French author and LGBT activist Frederic Martel is generating global media attention, and..
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Priest murdered in Madagascar after bringing Communion to a sick person (Fides)

The nation’s leading prelate, Archbishop Odon Razanakolona of Antananarivo, decried “the inefficiencies and complicity of the police, saying that some policemen are in cahoots with criminals, to..
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President Trump praises Covington Catholic pro-life student for filing defamation suit against Washington Post (New York Daily News)

Backtracking from an earlier statement, Bishop Roger Foys of Covington recently praised Covington Catholic high school students’ behavior at the March for Life.
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British inquiry into Church sexual abuse criticizes papal nuncio for lack of cooperation (RNS)

Alexis Jay, who leads the government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse , said the commission’s members are “very disappointed about the lack of clarity” from Archbishop Edward..
Catholic Culture - Published

India: 29 incidents of anti-Christian violence in January (Fides)

“The data do not differ much from the trend of 2018, which saw an average of 20 incidents a month,” according to the report. The nation of 1.3 billion is 80% Hindu, 14% Muslim, 2% Christian, and 2%..
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England's bishops urge lawmakers: limit immigration detention to 28 days (Catholic Church in England and Wales)

“indefinite detention leaves parents separated from their children with no indication of when they might be reunited,” the bishops’ conference said in a statement. “Victims of torture, victims..
Catholic Culture - Published

Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks (CNA)

At least ten incidents of vandalism or desecration took place during the first half of February.
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'The future of the Church in Africa, Asia and Latin America is in your hands,' Vatican official tells seminary rectors (Fides)

“We are convinced that the future of the Church depends on the quality of its priests,” said Tanzanian Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples,..
Catholic Culture - Published

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