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Annual Meeting in Rimini Sets Sights on Evangelizing at the ‘Peripheries’ (2106)

The Church movement Communion and Liberation has held this meeting every year since 1960.

07/10/2014 Comment
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Rimini meeting launch held in Rome July 1.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

ROME — Italy’s upcoming “Meeting of Friendship Among People” organized by the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation has set its sights on the “peripheries” spoken of by Pope Francis.

The event has taken place in the Italian city of Rimini every year since 1980 and often attracts international interest because of the prominence and quality of its participants.

The theme of the 2014 gathering is “Toward the peripheries of world and existence: Fate has not left man alone.” Scheduled for Aug. 24-30, it’s program — including 14 exhibitions and more than 100 conventions and shows — was presented at a press conference in Rome July 1.

Italian political figures will also be highly...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Settles ‘False’ Abuse Claim (2487)

Prosecutors declined to pursue charges against former priest Joseph Ross, who was laicized in 2002, because they believed they could not prove Jane Doe 92’s case.

07/10/2014 Comments (1)

ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis has agreed to a legal settlement with a woman the archdiocese says falsely accused a priest who is known to have committed sexual abuse.

“The archdiocese has vigorously defended this case because it believes Jane Doe 92’s claims and allegations are false,” the archdiocese said July 7, using a pseudonym for the accuser, who is now 22 years old.

The archdiocese has acknowledged that the accused priest, Joseph Ross, abused boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

“To be clear, the archdiocese is not defending Ross. He is a known abuser, which is illegal, wrong and shameful. The archdiocese does, however, have an obligation to defend itself against claims it...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop robert carlson, archdiocese of st. louis, cardinal timothy dolan, catholic faith, sex abuse of minors, zero tolerance policy

U.S. Bishops Wary of White House’s Promised ENDA Executive Order (8223)

The order would prohibit companies and agencies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

07/10/2014 Comments (41)

President Obama delivers remarks at a June 30 reception celebrating 'LGBT Pride Month' in the East Room of the White House.

– whitehouse.gov

WASHINGTON — On June 16, the White House announced that President Obama planned to sign an executive order, which would prohibit companies and agencies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Now, the nation’s Catholic bishops and officials from Church-affiliated institutions are waiting to review the substance of that executive order, which has not been signed and made public.

Depending on what exemptions are granted for religious organizations, the policy could affect agencies like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, as well as Catholic universities and hospitals that receive...READ MORE

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable, Integrating Our Catholic Faith With Work and Much More! (4357)

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Is Peter “Cephas”? – Michael Barber PhD, The Sacred Page

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Immigration, Patriotism and the Common Good (7421)


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An opponent of allowing undocumented migrants to remain in the United States engages with a counter-protestor during a July 4 protest in Murrieta, Calif. Earlier, protesters turned away buses carrying about 140 immigrants who had been apprehended in Texas.

– David McNew/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Fox News was kind enough to publish a commentary by me and my co-author, Jason Jones, where we wrote:

Today we face a moral and political crisis on our borders, where the well-being and even the lives of innocent children are endangered, along with the principles of national sovereignty and public order. Responses across the political spectrum have been at best bumbling, and at worst profoundly cynical.

We must be completely blunt about the real-world, often-selfish interests that underlie the public positions presented on this issue. In the spirit of St. Augustine, who candidly called pagan Roman rulers “a band of robbers” who had robed themselves in law, let me call...READ MORE

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What the Singing-Sensation Nun Can Teach Us About Evangelization (4341)

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example for the faithful about how to share the Gospel with the world.

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ROME -- A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries.

"What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has gone to a different stage to bear witness to her choice of life, and in this sense, I think she has hit the target," Father Alejandro Diaz, a Colombian, said in a recent interview with CNA.

Like Sister Cristina, he explained, "we have to come out of ourselves to speak of God to others, not in the abstract, but about what God has done in our lives."

At the beginning of June, the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell Announces Vatican Financial Reforms (3541)

Appointing a new director of the Vatican Bank and the hiring of a British peer to consult on Vatican media operations are among the developments in the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia.

07/09/2014 Comment
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Cardinal George Pell

– CNA file photo/Matthew Rarey

VATICAN CITY — The first significant developments in Pope Francis’ efforts to reform the Roman Curia were revealed at the Vatican Wednesday, including the appointing of a new president of the Vatican Bank and the hiring of a British peer to advise on reforming the Vatican’s media operations.

The initial reforms, announced by Cardinal George Pell of Australia, will focus on: the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), which handles assets belonging to the Holy See, the Holy See’s media operations, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, and the Vatican pension fund.

“A vast amount of planning has been done,” Cardinal Pell, who is...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal george pell, catholic faith, financial tranparency, pope francis, roman curia, vatican bank

Cardinal Dolan: N.Y. Times Adds to Long History of Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the U.S. (16381)

The New York archbishop said in a July editorial that the ad suggests that the justices’ Catholic faith makes it impossible for them ‘to protect the cherished Constitution they have sworn on a Bible to uphold.’

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

– CNA file photo/Stephen Driscoll

NEW YORK — A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious-freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said.

“In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics … are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a prejudice that has haunted us for centuries,” Cardinal Dolan said in his July 3 column for Catholic New York.

The cardinal facetiously thanked the Freedom From Religion Foundation for giving him “yet another handout” for his talks on anti-Catholic bigotry in the United...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholicism, cardinal timothy dolan, catholic faith, contraception, moral law, new york times, religious freedom, u.s. supreme court

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