Author Archives: Cindy Wooden

At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the … Continue reading

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Pope to priests: Best place to be is among the people

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as Jesus always sought to be with the people to serve, teach and heal them, so, too, must priests always be in the midst of God’s people, “pouring ourselves … Continue reading

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Embrace the cross, trust God will triumph, pope says on Palm Sunday

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Acclaimed by the crowds and knowing he was the Messiah they sought, Jesus still chose the path of humility and self-emptying, focused only on doing God’s will, Pope Francis said … Continue reading

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Atlanta Archbishop Gregory named as new leader of Washington Archdiocese

Updated By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta as the new archbishop of Washington. The appointment was announced April 4 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to … Continue reading

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Church, world need the gifts, enthusiasm of young people, pope says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is “holy ground” that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis wrote … Continue reading

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Pope accepts resignation of embattled Chilean cardinal

Updated March 25, 2019 By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Chilean cardinal who has faced widespread criticism for his handling of cases of clerical sexual abuse in … Continue reading

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Archbishop Coleridge: ‘Copernican revolution’ needed to tackle abuse

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs a true conversion that places survivors, and not the institution, as the focus of its concern as it enacts measures to combat the sexual abuse … Continue reading

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Pope: No more excuses; time for ‘all-out battle’ against crime of abuse

Updated 7:07 a.m. By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The time has come for an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing … Continue reading

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Bishops must see press as allies, not enemies, Mexican journalist says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If they are truly serious about fighting clerical sex abuse, bishops must join forces with journalists and not view them as enemies plotting against the Catholic Church, Mexican journalist … Continue reading

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Pope, bishops look at what they have done, failed to do to prevent abuse

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an opulent Vatican room designed in the 16th century for papal meetings with kings, a cardinal read, “We confess that we have shielded the guilty and have silenced those … Continue reading

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