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Bishop Finn Indicted by a Kansas City Grand Jury (6019)

The bishop pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count charging he sheltered a predatory priest.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn appeared in court today to answer to criminal charges alleging he did not tell police last year about child pornographic images that authorities later discovered on a diocesan priest’s computer.

Bishop Finn, who pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure of a mandated reporter to report, is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to be criminally charged with sheltering an alleged predatory priest, who authorities said kept hundreds of pornographic photographs of children on his laptop.

“The defendant was a mandated reporter and had reasonable cause to suspect a child may be subjected to abuse,” said Jackson County Prosecutor...READ MORE

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Father Pavone Turns Down Meeting With Bishop Zurek (6145)

Priests for Life’s director requested mediation through his legal counsel.

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AMARILLO, Texas (CNA/EWTN News) — The Diocese of Amarillo confirmed that despite an invitation from Bishop Patrick Zurek, Father Frank Pavone did not meet with him on Oct. 13 and has instead asked for mediation.

“I advised Father Frank not to have this private meeting until the process of mediation is underway,” Father David Deibel, canon lawyer for Father Pavone and Priests for Life, said in an Oct. 14 statement.

“All of us want this entire process to be carried out in private rather than through the media.”

On Oct. 6, Bishop Zurek had invited Father Pavone to come to his office and explained that his actions in the situation are tied to his pastoral concern for the national director...READ MORE

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China's Population Control Continues (5329)

Nation’s economic clout grows in the face of its 1-child policy and persistent religious persecution.

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Catholics pray at the Cross Hill at Paowo Village in 2007 in Meixian County of Shaanxi Province, China. Cross Hill is a holy place first built by missionary Liu Jialu as a simulation of Calvary.

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WASHINGTON — Religious persecution and forced abortions persist in China, even as the nation exerts increasingly global influence.

Experts predicted that China’s rapid economic expansion and integration into global financial markets would soon foster improvements in human rights. But the 2011 “Congressional-Executive Annual Report on Human Rights in China,” released this week, signaled that the nation’s rapid economic growth has not been matched by equally dramatic improvements in the Communist Party’s approach to civil rights.

“Tragically, in the years since [Congress granted] permanent normal trade relations, China has continued to abuse the fundamental human rights of its citizens...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops and Other Catholic Groups Issue Ad Opposing HHS Mandate (1962)

Oct. 11 statement ran in Politico and The Hill in Washington: 'Support access to health care? Protect conscience rights.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The leaders of 20 national Catholic organizations are objecting to the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent “preventive services” mandate with an ad placed in two D.C.-area newspapers. They insist that the requirements would harm both Catholic institutions and society as a whole.

“As written, the rule will force Catholic organizations that play a vital role in providing health care and other needed services either to violate their conscience or severely curtail those services,” said the statement, which appeared as an Oct. 11 ad in Politico and The Hill.

“This would harm both religious freedom and access to health care.”

The statement was signed by...READ MORE

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Pope Praises St. Ambrose as Model for Civil Servants (1976)

Benedict quoted fourth-century bishop at meeting with Italian politicians Oct. 14: 'The establishment of the civil power comes from God as well, so that he who exercises it is, he also is a minister of God.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—During a meeting Oct. 14 with Italy’s provincial regulators, Pope Benedict XVI held up the fourth-century governor-turned-bishop St. Ambrose of Milan, as a model of a just administrator.

“This holy bishop and doctor of the Church, animated by so great a love and respect for state institutions as for those ecclesial, is an extraordinary example of rectitude, especially his loyalty to the law and firmness against injustice and oppression,” Pope Benedict said in his address to the 110 prefects of Italy.

The Pope held the special audience at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican to mark the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

Prefects are representatives of...READ MORE

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Fr. McGivney and the Knights of Columbus, Learning Latin, Coptics, Broadway Liturgy, and much more! (2645)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Father McGivney and the Knights of Columbus. Click on the link by Ed McNamara to learn more.

Ten Things Catholic Catechists Should Know - Emily Stimpson, Our Sunday Visitor

Vote! Catholic Poll for U.S. President - The American Catholic

Father McGivney and the Knights of Columbus - Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Learning Latin: A Great Adventure - Scott Olsson, Cowboys-Philosophers-and-Poets

Pope Condemns Massacre of Copts in Cairo - Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Egypt Riots Reveal Brutal Reality Behind ‘Arab Spring’ - Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

Fr. Greiche: Egyptian Military Responsible for the Massacre - Rafic Greiche, Ilsussidiario

Broadway Liturgy - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

An Assessment of the Secular Philosophy of Steve Jobs - Msgr....READ MORE

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Actor Brings St. John Vianney to Life on EWTN (3191)

Patron saint of parish priests' own words showcased in new program.

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SAINT SPEAKS. St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, comes to the small screen in EWTN’s Vianney Speaks, which uses his own words from his sermons and prayers.


Leonardo Defilippis wears many hats well.

He is an acclaimed actor, producer and director of award-winning films and videos, including the feature-length Thérèse; he is also the founder and president of Saint Luke Productions and Luke Films, which will celebrate their 30th anniversary on Oct. 18, the feast of St. Luke.

Defilippis’ latest production is the made-for-television program Vianney Speaks, which is co-produced with EWTN and premieres on EWTN on Oct. 14 and 15.

Vianney Speaks grew out of Vianney, Defilippis’ highly praised play about the life of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests. Defilippis has performed it for more than 100,000 people, from prelates to prisoners....READ MORE

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Vatican Adult Stem-Cell Research Partnership Gains Momentum (1891)

U.S.-based NeoStem is pleased to collaborate on promising, ethical discoveries.

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The Vatican’s adult stem-cell venture with a U.S. biopharmecutical firm continues to gain momentum since the partnership between the two was announced in June.

The move shows how “the Catholic Church is not against science, that we support ethically acceptable research, and that we want to foster this knowledge and spread it globally,” Father Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told CNA on Oct. 12.

“We also want people to understand that in joining forces we can really bring benefit to humanity,” he said, noting that the endeavor “is the first time we’ve entered into so deep a collaboration with an outside company.”

On June 16, the Vatican announced before the global media...READ MORE

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