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Bishops Made Light of the East Burn Brighter in the US (711)

Three just-retired Eastern-Catholic bishops worked tirelessly to evangelize with the spiritual treasures of the Chaldean and Byzantine traditions.

05/26/2016 Comment
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Above: Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo at a diaconal ordination. Below in descending order: [first photo] Bishop Jammo with parishioners at St. Mary's Church in Campbell; [second photo] Bishop Gerald Dino confers the sacraments of initiation on an infant; [third photo] Bishop John Kudrick leads youth in chanting a traditional Marian hymn at the March for Life 2015; [fourth photo] a Byzantine Catholic priest offers the Divine Liturgy.

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SAN DIEGO — When St. John Paul II gave Bishop Sarhad Jammo the newly created Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle, he laid a monumental task upon the new bishop: tend to the diaspora of Catholics from Iraq, and give the East’s ancient faith of martyrs’ deep roots in the spiritually thirsty soil of California and the western United States.

Bishop Jammo’s 14 years of labors as the Chaldean diocese’s first bishop came to an end when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. The May 7 bulletin announcing Pope Francis had accepted his retirement also contained the names of two other newly retired Eastern-Catholic bishops: Bishop Gerald Dino, the bishop of the Byzantine...READ MORE

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Despite Catholic Priest’s Release, Questions Remain Over Vietnam’s Human-Rights Record (996)

President Obama’s recent visit generated goodwill between the two former antagonists, but the communist nation still seems unwilling to allow basic rights.

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In this March 30, 2007 file image taken from a closed-circuit television, Father Nguyen Van Ly is seated in a courtroom in Hue, Vietnam. The country released the Catholic priest, who is one of its most prominent dissidents, prison in a move widely seen as a good will gesture before U.S. President Barack Obama visited. The Archdiocese of Hue reported on its webpage that it welcomed the return Friday of 70-year-old Father Ly from prison. He has been serving an eight-year prison term since March 2007 after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the state.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — U.S. President Barack Obama has just wound up a visit to Vietnam that saw two former antagonists, who for two decades have been growing trade partners, draw even closer, with the dropping of a U.S. arms embargo against the communist-ruled country.

“He himself said the welcome of Vietnamese people has touched his heart. [He was] very moved and very thankful,” said Vietnam’s new prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in an interview with foreign media given on Wednesday. Obama was greeted by thousands of well-wishers on the streets of Hanoi, the capital, and Ho Chi Minh City, the biggest city and economic hub of the country, which was previously known as Saigon. 

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Exorcist: There’s a Demon That Specializes in Attacking the Family (5482)

Father César Truqui warns that everything that is harming the family, including divorce, pleases the devil.

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ROME — There’s a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist César Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year.

Father Truqui warned that everything that is harming the family, including divorce, pleases the devil.

Speaking to the Italian weekly Tempi in 2015, the priest said that there is “a demon who specializes in the attack on the family, also cited in the story of Tobias, called ‘Asmodeus.’”

In the Old Testament book, the demon is known to have killed seven of Sarah’s husbands and was chained in the desert by St. Raphael. The demon “is present” in many exorcisms, Father Truqui said.

The priest recalled encountering the demon...READ MORE

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USCCB: Measures for Protecting Minors Are Working Well, With Extensive Diocesan Cooperation (569)

‘We remain ever vigilant in the protection of children and the outreach to those most harmed by sexual abuse,’ said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the bishops’ conference, in annual report.

05/26/2016 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards.

“When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a promise to protect. These promises remain essential priorities for our Church,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the bishops’ conference.

“We remain ever vigilant in the protection of children and the outreach to those most harmed by sexual abuse. The Church cannot become complacent with what has been accomplished. We look for new...READ MORE

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Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis: ‘The Archdiocese Has Disclosed All Assets’ (906)

Statement comes in response to accusations from ‘unsecured creditors committee’ and attorney Jeff Anderson, claiming the archdiocese should have reported $1.7 billion in assets, rather than the $49 million it reported in bankruptcy filings.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says his archdiocese has followed the law in its bankruptcy process, responding to claims by abuse victims that some assets were not made public.

“The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been fully cooperating with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court since filing in January of 2015,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis stated on Tuesday.

“Let me be clear: The archdiocese has disclosed all of its assets and has followed all the rules set forth by the court and all directives from the judge,” he continued.

An “unsecured creditors committee” and attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of alleged Minnesota...READ MORE

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Dublin Will Show ‘The Gospel of Family, Joy for the World’ at 2018 Meeting (609)

‘The family is not just the object of the attention of the Church,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told journalists at a Vatican press briefing Tuesday. Families have a ‘vital role’ as ‘real protagonists of renewal and of the transmission of the faith to the coming generations.’

05/25/2016 Comment
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Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, the primate of all Ireland, with the Liffey family at the launch of “The Joy of Love” apostolic exhortation.

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VATICAN CITY — “The Gospel of Family, Joy for the World” is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, and it is meant to emphasize the family’s role as a stabilizing force in society, said the local archbishop.

“The family is not just the object of the attention of the Church,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told journalists at a Vatican press briefing Tuesday.

Rather, he said, families have a “vital role” as “real protagonists of renewal and of the transmission of the faith to the coming generations.”

This was stressed at the recent synods of bishops on the family, the archbishop said. Families are “active participants in the ministry of the Church,” through “the...READ MORE

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Jeannie Gaffigan on How to Be Catholic, Funny and Evangelize Effectively (5520)

The second season of The Jim Gaffigan Show begins next month on Father’s Day.

05/25/2016 Comments (9)
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Jeannie Gaffigan is co-creator and executive producer of The Jim Gaffigan Show, which is named after and stars her husband. The show premiered on TV Land last summer and is set to return for its second season on Father’s Day, June 19 at 10pm.

Gaffigan, who has previously collaborated with her husband on his stand-up comedy tours and comedy albums, and a recent commencement address, spoke with Register correspondent Stephen Beale about the role faith plays in their family’s life and in their comedy.

 

For readers who may not have seen your show, briefly describe what it is about and what you are trying to achieve with it.

Our goal is to write what you know. There’s always been...READ MORE

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UPDATED: Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Law Outlawing Most Abortions (1988)

The bill, signed into law on May 25, is named the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

05/25/2016 Comments (5)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina has moved to stronger legal restrictions against abortion, with a bill banning most abortions after 19 weeks, due to evidence that unborn children can feel pain at that point.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill into law on May 25.

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston said the passage of South Carolina’s latest pro-life bill marks “a truly great day… especially for the many children that will be saved by this important life-affirming legislation,” the Charleston diocese’s newspaper, The Catholic Miscellany, reported.

“This act will support not only the moral law, but also (the) proven scientific fact that unborn children feel pain by at least 20 weeks of...READ MORE

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