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Indiana Catholics Mourn Loss of Bishop D’Arcy (2606)

South Bend’s bishop emeritus, who led the diocese from 1985 until 2009, died at his home on the 56th anniversary of the first Mass he celebrated.

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Bishop John D'Arcy, 1932-2013.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is mourning the recent death of its bishop emeritus, Bishop John M. D’Arcy, who led the diocese from 1985 until 2009.

“I am filled with deep sadness at the death of a dear friend and brother bishop. We mourn the death of a good shepherd after the heart of Christ, a bishop who loved the Lord and his people with all his heart,” said current bishop Kevin C. Rhoades Sunday.

“We are comforted at this time by our faith in the Resurrection. As we share the pain of loss, Our Lord’s promise of eternal life gives us joy and hope.”

Bishop D’Arcy died at his home surrounded by loved ones in the late morning hours. Feb. 3 was the 56th...READ MORE

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World’s Largest Marian Statue Unveiled in Bolivia (3827)

Perched on a 12,000-foot-high mountain, the new sculpture is 22 feet taller than the famed Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

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Image of Our Lady of Socavon in the diocesan shrine in Oruro, Bolivia.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia.

Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.”

Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the country’s second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The statue’s unveiling ceremony was attended by both Bolivian president Evo Morales and Oruro mayor Rossio Pimentel.


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Archbishop Viganò’s Apostolic Walk for Life (2463)

An interview with the U.S. papal nuncio at the West Coast Walk for Life.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time ever, the apostolic nuncio to the United States joined the lineup of Catholic and pro-life leaders at the annual Walk for Life West Coast, which this year marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in San Francisco.

At the rally preceding the Jan. 26 walk, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, named the Pope’s personal representative to the U.S. in October 2011, read Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing to the crowd of 50,000 pro-lifers gathered at the city’s Civic Center Plaza. Then, the nuncio told his enthusiastic audience, "I feel with you that you are the best of the United States of America."

Archbishop Viganò was warmly welcomed by San Francisco’s newly...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Praised for Response to L.A. Abuse Disclosures (3167)

Decision to relieve Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry of their archdiocesan duties ‘let in the sunlight,’ according to one observer.

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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez’s decision to relieve Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry of their duties in the L.A. Archdiocese is being welcomed as “the best possible thing he could have done.”

“The archbishop has, in one stroke, opened up the doors and let in the sunlight,” historian and author Charles Coulombe told Catholic News Agency Feb. 1. “It is an enormously difficult task he has taken on. ... It would have been the case, no matter what he did.”

“However, he handled it brilliantly, wisely, pastorally, truthfully, honestly, openly,” he reflected. “Very, very different than what we’re used to here in Los Angeles.”

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N.Y. Cardinals Remember Mayor Koch as Friend to Catholics (2615)

The late mayor, who was Jewish, detested anti-Catholicism and was a personal friend to four New York City cardinals.

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New York City Mayor Ed Koch in 1988.

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NEW YORK — Cardinals Timothy Dolan and Edward Egan responded to the death of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch with praise for the Jewish official’s collaboration and friendship with Catholics.

“He will have a special place in my prayers, and in those of the Catholic community he loved and worked closely with, this weekend,” said Cardinal Dolan, who has been archbishop of New York since 2009.

Cardinal Dolan said that, as a young priest in the 1980s, both Koch and Cardinal John O’Connor symbolized New York to him.

“These two men showed how, despite some deep philosophical disagreements, they could not only work together for the good of the city of New York, but could become close...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Boldly Proclaim God’s Love (1021)

Jesus came not to say what people wanted to hear, the Holy Father teaches, but, rather, ‘to give testimony to the truth.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday asked Christians to proclaim God’s love with “boldness, humility and coherence” like Jesus.

“Let us ask the Lord to give each of us a spirit of courage and wisdom, so that in our words and actions, we may proclaim the saving truth of God’s love with boldness, humility and coherence,” said Pope Benedict in his remarks after the Sunday Angelus prayer.

“Jesus did not come to seek the consent of men, but to give testimony to the truth,” Pope Benedict told the thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square Feb. 3.

“The true prophet does not obey anyone other than God and places himself at the service of truth, ready to pay in person,” he...READ MORE

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Romanian Court Orders Skyscraper Demolished to Protect Catholic Cathedral (16671)

After a protracted battle, the Archdiocese of Bucharest triumphs in a legal victory it hails as ‘a blow against corruption.’

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BUCHAREST, Romania — David defeated Goliath, again, last week in Romania’s capital city when an appeals court issued a final ruling in favor of a humble cathedral pitted against a gigantic steel office tower, concluding a seven-year legal and political struggle.

In an unprecedented, definitive decision, the court ordered a 19-story skyscraper demolished and the land restored to its prior condition — a small, city park.

Concurring with several lower court decisions, the judge concluded that the office tower, known as Cathedral Plaza, was illegally constructed without proper permits or authorizations in a brazen gesture that threatened the cathedral’s physical security while limiting...READ MORE

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Obama’s New ‘Accommodation’ Offers Limited Reprieve, Most Lawsuits Will Continue (5989)

Latest HHS mandate proposal still excludes Christian-owned businesses, as well as Catholic hospitals and universities.

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WASHINGTON -- On Feb. 1, the Obama administration announced the latest modification to its 2012 proposed “accommodation” for religious institutions that object to the federal contraception mandate.

The announcement prompted a flurry of news reports asserting a breakthrough in the yearlong impasse between the administration and religious employers — nonprofits and for-profits — that oppose the mandate on moral grounds.

But the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declined to comment until the proposal had been adequately reviewed, while the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and other organizations defending plaintiffs in legal challenges to the HHS mandate said the modifications would...READ MORE

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