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Minn. Archbishop Orders Third-Party Investigation of Himself Following Claims of Sexual Misconduct (6022)

Archbishop John Nienstedt, cleared of an accusation three months ago, said the latest allegations against him are ‘entirely false.’

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul, Minn., has ordered a third-party investigation of himself following recent accusations of past sexual misconduct, which the archbishop denies as being “entirely false.”

Three months ago, Archbishop Nienstedt was cleared of an accusation of inappropriately touching a male minor’s posterior during a confirmation photo shoot in 2009. During that investigation, Archbishop Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry, but he returned after no charges were brought against him.

Late in 2013, around the time the first case was opened, allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with seminarians, priests and other men came to light,...READ MORE

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Leadership Training for Young Catholics (3183)

A grounding in the virtues is a basic component of this fast-growing area of Catholic education.

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Rwandan genocide survivor Immaculée Ilibagiza meets with the Gregorian Fellows at Benedictine College.

– Benedictine College

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. — Along with acquiring practical skills, such as how to produce a radio spot or write a letter to the editor of a publication, Catholic high-school students at a leadership training seminar on Long Island, N.Y., later this summer will receive a stack of writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

“The Angelic Doctor” may seem an odd choice for a leadership seminar, but Father Peter Stravinskas, executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, and philosopher Peter Redpath, executive director of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, have designed a course that relies heavily on the saint.

“Aside from being a brilliant human being and a person of sanctity,” Redpath said, “Aquinas was...READ MORE

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Portland Archdiocese Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (2463)

Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the Blessed Mother to watch over families and marriages in a special way for the archdiocese.

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Archbishop Alexander Sample incenses a statue of Our Lady of Fatima as part of the consecration of the archdiocese to the Blessed Mother.

– Howard Manning/CNA

PORTLAND, Ore. — Faithful from Portland and the surrounding area filled St. Mary’s Cathedral to overflowing on June 28 for Archbishop Alexander Sample’s Mass consecrating the archdiocese to Our Lady of Fatima.

The Mass and consecration, celebrated on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, were offered particularly for the strengthening of marriage and family life.

“Marriage and family life are in a real crisis. We make this consecration to her to watch over our families and marriages. Families need Our Lady’s love and protection,” the archbishop said during the homily, according to the Catholic Sentinel.

Todd Cooper, special assistant to Archbishop Sample, told CNA that Pope Francis’...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Seeking Jesus Outside Church Dangerous; Identical Twins Ordained as Priests and More! (4468)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Identical Twins Ordained as Priests – Kathleen Lavey, Livingston Daily

How A Scientist Sees God in Nature - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Stand

To Those Who Wait to Conceive – Mark D. Oshinskie, Crisis Magazine

Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Possessions in Mexico (Video) – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Scripture That Guides U. S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Cain Lives: On Religious Fratricide – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

At the Service of God and Man: Venerable Pierre Toussaint – Kevin Schmiesing,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Hold Audience With Elderly, Grandparents (2423)

Entitled 'The Blessing of a Long Life,' the event will take place Sept. 28 in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope Francis greets attendees at an audience for the deaf and blind March 29.

– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Council for the Family is organizing a day dedicated to the elderly, during which Pope Francis will meet with them as sign of the important role they play in a society that lives longer.

“The day is based on the assumption that old age is not a shipwreck, but a vocation,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said in a statement posted on the council’s website announcing the initiative.

Entitled “The Blessing of a Long Life,” the event will take place Sept. 28 in St. Peter’s Square. The square will open at 7:30am, with the official celebration beginning at 9am. The day will culminate with a Mass at 10:30am presided...READ MORE

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Interview: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson on Horror, Faith, Chesterton and His New Movie (15142)

The director of The Exorcism of Emily Rose — and Marvel’s recruit to direct Doctor Strange — talks about mystery, Catholicism, confronting evil and his new film, Deliver Us From Evil.

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Scott Derrickson is a very nice guy who makes movies about things that aren’t very nice.

Articulate, thoughtful and disarmingly frank, Derrickson is a rare outspoken Christian in Hollywood. He’s also a horror filmmaker and aficionado probably been best known for the 2005 supernatural thriller The Exorcism of Emily Rose — though his recent deal with Marvel to bring the comic-book character Doctor Strange to the big screen changes that in a big way.

Derrickson’s new film, Deliver Us From Evil, is inspired by Beware the Night, the memoir of former New York police Sgt. Ralph Sarchie, a Catholic and self-described demonologist, who claims Traditionalist Bishop Robert McKenna and Malachi Martin...READ MORE

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Former Legionaries of Christ Leader Dies From Cancer (5274)

Legionary Father Álvaro Corcuera was the first successor of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ founder, Father Marcial Maciel.

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Legionary Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, former general director of the Legion of Christ, died June 30 in Mexico.

– Legion of Christ/CNA

MEXICO CITY — Legionary Father Álvaro Corcuera Martínez del Río, former general director of the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, died in Mexico on Monday after a long battle with cancer.

“I invite everyone to offer Masses and prayers to commend his soul to God and thank God for the life of this father, brother and friend, who has been our general director during the nine most difficult years in our history,” the Legion’s current general director, Legionary Father Eduardo Robles-Gil, wrote in a June 30 letter to members of Regnum Christi, the Legion’s lay affiliate.

Father Corcuera was the first successor of the disgraced Legionaries of Christ founder, Father Marcial Maciel.


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Catholic Dioceses on Front Line of Migrant Humanitarian Crisis (5245)

The Church helps with the first response to aid women and children arriving after a harrowing journey through Mexico.

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Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley is assisting migrant women and children who have recently flooded across the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas.

– Facebook/Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

BROWNSVILLE, Tex. — A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the southern border of the United States, and the Catholic Church is finding itself on the front line trying to bring aid to tens of thousands of women and children fleeing unemployment, extreme poverty and drug and gang violence in Central America for a better life in the United States.

More than 39,000 women and children, and 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have turned themselves over to the U.S. Border Patrol since October. Many have endured a dangerous journey and its traumas, such as fear, violence or rape, while in the hands of the coyotes, criminals who smuggle people across the border and charge several...READ MORE

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