Author Archives: Administrator1

Abuse crisis, leadership failure seen having impact on church giving

Backgrounder By Brian Fraga  Catholic News Service The Catholic Church in the United States has spent a staggering amount of money — close to $4 billion in the past 20 years — to investigate, adjudicate and prevent clergy sex abuse, … Continue reading

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Life without parole is not a solution to crime, pope says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole is “not the solution to problems, but a problem to solve,” Pope Francis told Italian prison guards, prison chaplains … Continue reading

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Pope urges Eastern Catholic bishops to promote ecumenism

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praising the fidelity of Eastern Catholics, Pope Francis also urged them to be more active in the search for Christian unity, especially unity with their Orthodox counterparts. In heaven, he … Continue reading

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Irish abuse survivor disappointed with global reforms, accountability

By Christopher Gunty  Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — Clergy sexual abuse survivor Marie Collins kicked off a five-city U.S. speaking tour on “The Catholic Tipping Point” in Baltimore Sept. 10, noting that she is disappointed with the results of … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 15, 2019: More than forgiveness, please

Today’s first reading and Gospel both illustrate God’s mercy. In the first, God shows himself willing to forgive the Israelites for worshipping a golden statue of a bull, in clear violation of his instructions. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a story about a father who welcomes home a ne’er-do-well son who has squandered a good deal of the family property. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Central Americans want to stay home; development programs help that happen

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Vanessa Urbina understands how young people in Central America, not seeing an opportunity for work or a good education, could be attracted to make the dangerous trip north in the hope … Continue reading

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Pope wanted apostles’ relics united to encourage Christian unity

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said giving fragments of St. Peter’s bones to the head of the church founded by Peter’s brother, St. Andrew, was meant to be a reminder and encouragement of … Continue reading

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