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New Stage Begins in Dorothy Day Canonization Cause (2015)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has opened the canonical “inquiry on the life” of the social-justice advocate, the archdiocese announced April 19.

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A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has opened the canonical “inquiry on the life” of Dorothy Day, the archdiocese announced April 19.
 
Starting this week, the archdiocese will interview some 50 eyewitnesses who had firsthand experience with Dorothy Day. Their testimonies and other evidence will be collected, examined to determine whether Day lived a life of “heroic virtue” and will eventually be presented to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and to Pope Francis.

In addition, Cardinal Dolan will appoint experts to review the published and...READ MORE

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‘Amoris Laetitia’: A Hymn to Indissolubility and Fidelity (2623)

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The publication of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), finally provides us with the Holy Father’s answer to the vexed question that has been at the focus of two synods and nearly three years of intense debate in the Church, “Can the divorced and remarried receive holy Communion?” Nowhere in the 260-plus pages of Amoris Laetitia will you find Pope Francis write the words, “The divorced and remarried can now receive Communion”.

Though the Holy Father does not categorically state that the divorced and remarried can receive Communion, a storm of controversy has broken out in the Church about whether or not the Holy Father has said the divorced...READ MORE

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Vatican Audit Suspended, Secretariat of State Announces (10871)

Sources tell the Register that the move appears to be targeted against Cardinal George Pell’s continued leadership of the Vatican’s financial reform process.

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The Institute for the Works of Religion, known as the Vatican Bank.

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VATICAN CITY — Just over four months since the Vatican announced that the Vatican would be subjected to an external audit by one of the world’s leading accounting firms, the Secretariat of State has said that it is pulling the plug on the initiative.

The Vatican announced the decision to suspend the audit, carried out by accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a letter sent to all Vatican entities this week.

On Dec. 5, the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis’ had brought in the auditing firm on the advice of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy in a bid to reform Holy See finances and make them more transparent after a number of scandals. The audit began immediately after the...READ MORE

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CUA Receives Largest Donation in University History, Renames Business School After Catholic Donors (1275)

The school will be renamed the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics after the lead donor in the project, The Busch Family Foundation, run by Tim Busch and his wife, Steph. Tim Busch is co-founder and chairman of The Napa Institute.

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WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America’s business school has received several major financial gifts, including the largest donation in university history. 

The Washington university announced a total of six commitments totaling $47 million. The money will go to general university programs as well as operational costs for the business school, which will be renamed the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics after the lead donor in the project. 

Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, praised the development.

“Today marks a historic day for Catholic University, in which it is propelled forward in its mission to serve both Church...READ MORE

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Nun Who Died in Ecuador Quake on God: ‘I Knew I Had to Leave Everything and Follow Him’ (1885)

Sister Clare Crockett, an Irish religious sister, has a beautiful vocation story, according to EWTN. Sister Clare was the voice of “Lucy” on the long-running EWTN children’s television series Hi Lucy.

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GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Sister Clare Crockett, an Irish religious sister, was among those who died in the massive Ecuador earthquake on Saturday. Her vocation is the story of a woman who left the party life for an “amazing” life in God.

“I knew that I had to leave everything and follow him. I knew with great clarity that he was asking me to trust in him, to put my life in his hands and to have faith,” Sister Clare Crockett said in her vocation story, according to EWTN. “It never ceases to amaze me how Our Lord works in souls, how he can totally transform one’s life and capture one’s heart.”

Sister Clare, from Derry in Northern Ireland, was 33 years old. She was the voice of “Lucy” on the...READ MORE

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Parents of Children With Down Syndrome Applaud Indiana’s Newest Pro-Life Law (1598)

The law prohibits abortion sought solely because of a diagnosis or potential diagnosis indicating the unborn child has Down syndrome or any other disability.

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Lichty family, Abigail Jovanovich; others courtesy of the Scofields and the Shaws

Above, Shelly Lichty and daughter Elizabeth share a smile; below, the Scofields, Shaws and Lichtys with their extra-special daughters.

– Lichty family, Abigail Jovanovich; others courtesy of the Scofields and the Shaws

INDIANAPOLIS — After an early test showed that Katie Scofield’s unborn daughter, Karinne, could have Down syndrome, Scofield couldn’t get her doctor to confirm the diagnosis during the rest of her pregnancy. It wasn’t until she was preparing to leave the hospital after her daughter’s birth 13 years ago that a nurse began noticing indicators of the genetic disorder.

“I was in the [hospital] room by myself at the time,” said Scofield, who lives with Karinne and her two other daughters in Fishers, Ind. “It caught me off guard. At first I was just in complete shock.”

At 25, Scofield knew little about Down syndrome and didn’t receive much support from her doctor. But she did know she couldn’t...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: We Can’t Forget Our Christian Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East (1979)

As chairman of the board of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, the archbishop of New York visited the refugees in Kurdistan, to listen to them and let them know they were not forgotten.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York visits a medical dispensary in Dohuk, Iraq, where he met with staff and refugees, many of whom are displaced from Mosul, on April 10.

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ERBIL, Iraq — Cardinal Timothy Dolan remembered the anguish in the voice of a Christian martyr’s mother. The Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, informally called Iraqi Kurdistan, is a haven for many such mothers, whose tears watered the day’s march from Mosul and their ancestral home, the Nineveh Plain.

“They taunted me as they were murdering my son; because they said, ‘She is a Christian; she must forgive us,’” Cardinal Dolan recounted, as the mother held before him the picture of her beloved son. When militants from the Islamic State group, known as Daesh by its foes, overran Mosul and the Nineveh Plain in June 2014, more than 110,000 Christian inhabitants of northern Iraq — Chaldean...READ MORE

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In Cardinal Pell’s Old Home, Sex-Abuse Legacy Leaves Melbourne Church Reeling (1879)

Though many local Catholics don’t hold the Australian cardinal primarily responsible for the wrongdoing there, his recent video testimony from Rome has refocused attention on the archdiocese’s painful past.

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Cardinal George Pell meets with child sex abuse victims at the Hotel Quirinale in Rome on March 3, 2016.

– Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s Palm Sunday at St. Bede’s Church in Balwyn North and parishioners have filled the pews to the brim for late-morning Mass. It’s an impressive attendance for a church in a sleepy eastern suburb of Australia’s second city, less than a third of which identifies as Catholic.

Yet times are difficult for the Melbourne Archdiocese, from which have emerged some of the most shocking revelations of child sex abuse and its cover-up within the Church in Australia.

That painful history has reentered the public spotlight in recent weeks as Catholics and nonbelievers alike have questioned the role of the former archbishop of Melbourne, Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell has...READ MORE

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