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  • Honduran auxiliary bishop accused of sexual misconduct resigns

    Vatican City, Jul 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Juan José Pineda, auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, following a Vatican investigation into accusations of financial mismanagement and sexual misconduct against seminarians.

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  • On 'Humanae vitae'- Pope Paul VI did not act alone

    Vatican City, Jul 19, 2018 CNA.- Humanae vitae is not a “pre-conciliar” encyclical, Bl. Paul VI did not develop the final draft in solitude, and, the pope sought opinions before promulgating the text, according to a new book on the encyclical’s history.

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  • Youth challenged to holiness at Steubenville East conference

    Teenagers streamed past applauding peers to the arena stage -- to show their openness to a possible priestly or religious vocation. At another point, youth stood to acknowledge that they had proclaimed Jesus as Lord of their lives for the first time that weekend. Others extended their hands to pray over them.

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  • New president appointed to Ursuline Academy

    DEDHAM -- Ursuline Academy has selected Kathleen Nolan Levesque to be its third president, succeeding Rosann Whiting, who concluded her 11-year presidency in June. Levesque, a graduate of Ursuline, is well known to the school community. She has extensive experience as an independent school administrator and board member, having previously served on the board and the executive committee of Moses Brown School in Rhode Island. She joined the Ursuline Academy board in 2002 and has served various roles, including president of the academy from 2004-2007, vice chair of the board, chair of the Governance Committee, and interim principal for the 2015-16 school year.

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  • Church cleaning leads to discovery of historic chalice

    BROOKLINE -- Father Jonathan Gaspar made a surprising discovery shortly before his installation as the new pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption in late June. While cleaning and reorganizing the church basement, Father Gaspar came across a box containing several old liturgical items. Among the reliquaries, monstrances, and ciboria, there was one unique item: a chalice that Father Gaspar read about in the parish history. The document reported that Pope Pius IX, pope from 1846-1878, gave the chalice to Father Joseph M. Finotti, the second pastor of St. Mary's, in honor of his parish being the first in the United States to be dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.

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  • Cardinal calls all to pray Supreme Court will move to protect life in law

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, called July 19 for a national prayer campaign effort that "the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life."

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  • Kavanaugh's friends describe man of humility, service, faith

    Washington D.C., Jul 17, 2018 CNA.- Long-time friends and associates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh say he is a sincere Catholic, committed to living the tenets of his faith. Last week, President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to serve as Associate United States Supreme Court. In a short speech following the announcement, Kavanaugh highlighted his commitment to his faith and his family.

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  • The Church is without a camerlengo

    Vatican City, Jul 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- With the July 5 death of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the office of camerlengo is now vacant. A sensitive position, above all in the period between the death of a pope and the election of his successor, the Church awaits Pope Francis’ nomination of a new camerlengo.

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  • Judge: Catholic agency must consider same-sex couples for foster placement

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia.

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  • Costa Rica, Nicaragua preparing to receive World Youth Day pilgrims

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Panama isn't the only country that will host World Youth Day pilgrims in January. Dioceses in Nicaragua and Costa Rica -- the closest neighbor to Panama City, the site of World Youth Day, Jan. 22-27 -- are preparing to receive up to 30,000 young people as part of the traditional Days in the Dioceses leading to the main event.

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  • Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

    NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests. The group calling itself the League of Defense of the Church alleged there was inaction by Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui as the church faced attacks, with Christians and priests being killed.

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  • Tennessee's Catholic bishops urge governor to halt upcoming executions

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- Bishops J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Richard F. Stika of Knoxville and Martin D. Holley of Memphis have written to Gov. Bill Haslam urging him to "use your authority as governor to put an end to the fast-track executions planned" in the state of Tennessee in the upcoming months.

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  • Provincial says Carmelite nuns in Aleppo live in 'heroic situation'

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Amid the destruction in war-torn Syria, a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo perseveres in its mission of continuous prayer and help to families in need. The Carmelite nuns, four of whom are Syrian and two French, are in their quiet demeanor "a message of peace and a spiritual message of hope," said the provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, Father Raymond Abdo, who visited the convent July 5-7.

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  • Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said. "It's from your roots that you will get the strength to continue. None of us -- neither you nor me -- were manufactured in a laboratory; we have a history, we have roots. And everything we do, the results we achieve, the beauty we create in the future, all comes from those roots," the pope said in a video message released by the Vatican July 15.

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