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Bishop Hebda Appointed as Coadjutor of Newark Archdiocese (4125)

The former bishop of Gaylord, Mich., will be automatically appointed as archbishop of Newark following the retirement of current Archbishop John Myers.

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Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of Newark, speaking at a Sept. 24 press conference.

– Melissa McNally/Archdiocese of Newark

NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who had been serving as bishop of Gaylord, in northern Michigan, as coadjutor archbishop of Newark.

As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda “possesses the right of succession” in the Archdiocese of Newark, according to canon law. This means he will be automatically appointed archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of the incumbent, Archbishop John Myers, who is now 72.

“Today’s news that the Holy Father has named me the coadjutor archbishop of Newark brings with it the sadness of having to leave the Diocese of Gaylord,” Archbishop Hebda wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to the people of the Diocese of Gaylord.

“I have come to...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Publicly Responds to Atheist’s Critique (35380)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ 11-page letter was published in the same newspaper that printed Pope Francis’ recent responses about atheism and the Church.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in writing a letter to a prominent Italian atheist in an attempt to engage nonbelievers in a dialogue about the faith.

The 11-page letter, extracts of which were published in Monday’s edition of the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, is addressed to professor Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian mathematician, popular science writer and a member of the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.

The Pope Emeritus was responding to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 titled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The book was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings,...READ MORE

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Pope Expresses Goodwill to Muslims in Letter to Sunni Grand Imam (2970)

The overture from Pope Francis seeks to resume dialogue and cooperation in working together for peace and justice.

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CAIRO — Pope Francis has written a letter to the head of the main cultural institution of Sunni Islam, indicating his respect “for Islam and Muslims” and desire to build mutual understanding and peace.

Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar University, one of the highest authorities in Sunni thought, received the Pope’s letter marking the end of Ramadan at the hands of Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, on Sept. 17, Fides News Agency reported.

A statement from the Cairo-based university said that the Holy Father’s letter expressed hope in the attempt to further “understanding among Christians and Muslims in the world” and “to build peace and justice.”


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Pope Francis’ Curial Reform Ramping Up (4295)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Two significant appointments precede his October meeting with his hand-picked group of eight cardinals.

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VATICAN CITY — The past week has seen the first major movements of Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, a process that is expected to begin in earnest in early October.

The Vatican announced a slew of appointments and confirmations Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, the most significant being the Pope’s confirmation of the prefects of two Vatican congregations.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller remains prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while Cardinal Fernando Filoni stays as the “red pope” — prefect at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Both reappointments are significant, demonstrating the Holy Father’s confidence in both cardinals, as well as continuity...READ MORE

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Louisiana Diocese Gets a New Bishop From Pope Francis (4855)

A native son of Louisiana, Bishop Shelton Fabre gets ready to shepherd the flock in Houma-Thibodaux.

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Bishop Shelton Fabre will take over the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese on Oct. 30.

– Archdiocese of New Orleans

HOUMA, La. — Pope Francis appointed Bishop Shelton Fabre as head of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., Monday, and he accepted the resignation of Bishop Sam Jacobs, who had turned 75 in March.

Bishop Fabre will be installed as bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on Oct. 30.

He was born in 1963 in New Road, La., and after high school, he entered seminary for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He studied at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, and then he received a master’s degree in religious studies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Bishop Fabre was ordained a priest in 1989. He served at several parishes, headed the diocesan black Catholic office and served in the...READ MORE

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Supreme Knight Rejects Idea of Contrast Between Francis and Benedict (5929)

Ironically, the mainstream media is more obsessed with abortion and contraception than Catholics, says Carl Anderson.

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Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus.

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WASHINGTON — Media narratives about Pope Francis have led to a misunderstanding of his interview with Jesuit magazines, as well as a false perceived contrast between him and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, according to the leader of the Knights of Columbus.

“The media’s narrative of Francis is something else. We are told he is a progressive, taking the Catholic Church in a profoundly new direction —  uninterested in Church teaching on moral issues,” said Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, in a Sept. 22 essay in National Review Online.

“Benedict, we are told, is conservative, doctrinaire and old-fashioned — focused on moral issues. Neither narrative is true,...READ MORE

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Bishops Endorse New Marriage, Religious-Liberty Bill (5727)

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced Sept. 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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WASHINGTON — American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government.

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress on Sept. 19 by Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho.

“I strongly support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, in a Sept. 20 statement.

“In a growing climate of intolerance against individuals and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, this act is an important...READ MORE

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U.S. Government Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Key HHS Case (5997)

Experts say the high court will likely hear the matter, as the U.S. bishops debate a practical response to the health-care mandate deadline.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear an appeal to a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain. 

The Sept. 19 announcement marked the latest development in the legal challenges against the federal mandate filed by an estimated 30 for-profit employers. Rulings in several early cases have resulted in split decisions from appeals courts, increasing pressure on the Obama administration to seek a definitive judgment from the high court.

In June, the 10th Circuit ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, whose owners, the Green family, manage their company according to Christian principles and...READ MORE

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