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As Ferguson Burns Over Grand-Jury Decision, Church Cries ‘Peace!’ (1756)

A wave of anger engulfed Ferguson, Mo., as Church leaders tried to promote peace and seek solutions to underlying issues of justice.

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A car drives by a burning building during a demonstration on Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Mo.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated on Nov. 26.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Catholic and other church leaders united their voices in a plea for peace as Ferguson became engulfed in riots following a grand jury’s decision not to return any indictment against the white police officer who killed an unarmed black young adult during an attempted arrest in August.

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced at an 8pm press conference on Nov. 24 that the grand jury would not be indicting Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the Aug. 9 shooting that cost 18-year-old Michael Brown his life.

“After their exhaustive review of the evidence … they determined that no probable cause exists...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sarah Named Prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship (3571)

The African cardinal is known as a fearless defender of Church teachings against attempts to impose anti-Catholic values on issues like contraception, abortion and homosexuality.

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VATICAN CITY — On a day when Pope Francis held a three-hour meeting with Curial heads to discuss reform of the Roman Curia, the Vatican announced Monday that the Holy Father had appointed Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Since 2010, the 69-year-old archbishop from Guinea has served as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum (One Heart), the humanitarian aid and development arm of the Roman Curia.

Regarded as a man of integrity, serenity and with orthodox principles, Cardinal Sarah is said to hold a “neutral” line on the liturgy, endorsing both the Novus Ordo and the traditional Latin Mass. In October, he...READ MORE

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Pope Tells European Parliament: Human Dignity Is Key to Renewal (816)

During his Nov. 25 address, the Holy Father said that, despite becoming stronger and larger, the European Union often gives the impression ‘of being somewhat elderly and haggard.’

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Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Nov. 25.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person, so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.

“Today, the promotion of human rights is central to the commitment of the European Union to advance the dignity of the person, both within the union and in its relations with other countries,” the Holy Father told members of the European Parliament during his Nov. 25 trip to Strasbourg, France.

The commitment to human rights, he said, is “important, since there are still too many situations in which human beings are treated as objects whose conception, configuration and...READ MORE

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Human Rights Campaign Co-Founder Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Teen (1466)

Terrence Bean was indicted on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sex abuse.

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PORTLAND , Ore. — A founder of the Human Rights Campaign, an influential homosexual-advocacy group that has begun targeting Catholic bishops for protests, has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a teen boy in Oregon.

Terrence Bean, 66, was indicted on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of third-degree sex abuse related to an alleged sexual encounter in Eugene, Ore., with a 15-year-old boy in 2013, the newspaper The Oregonian reported.

Kiah Lawson, a 25-year-old reported to be an ex-boyfriend of Bean, was also indicted on the same charges. Both had met the teen through a homosexual dating app, CNN reported.

Lawson had allegedly found that Bean had...READ MORE

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Priest Cleared of Sex Abuse Charge After 10 Years, Catholic Things to Listen to Spotify and More! (2715)

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Broad Approval for Pope Francis' Strasbourg Visit (1234)

According to a Catholic who works closely with pan-European institutions, most members of the European Parliament endorse tomorrow’s papal address.

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Catherine Vierling is an internationally recognized specialist on bioethics, human rights and the family.

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On Tuesday, Pope Francis becomes the first pope since St. John Paul II in 1988 to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. What is the significance of the visit, and how could the Holy Father address pressing issues in a region often regarded as having rejected God?

To find out, the Register spoke with Catherine Vierling, an internationally recognized specialist on bioethics, human rights and the family, who has for many years worked with the European Union and Council of Europe. Vierling explains that although a secularist agenda is strongly represented in the EU, their voice has been practically silenced on this occasion by sentiments of welcome for the Pope across all...READ MORE

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‘Orientalium Ecclesiarum’ at 50 (844)

The Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern tite has brought greater unity between Eastern and Latin Churches, say Church observers.

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An icon of brothers Sts. Peter and Andrew was given to Pope Paul VI by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964.

In the 50 years since the promulgation of Orientalium Ecclesiarum, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern rite, this document has made noteworthy progress toward its goals — yet much waits to be done, according to Church observers and specialists on the Council.

Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour, who heads the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, N.Y., said these 50 years have been “graced years, and Eastern Catholic Churches are closer than ever before in a good union with the Latin Church.”

He said the Eastern Churches in general — Catholic and Orthodox — are closer to a deeper and abiding unity than in the past.

“I think Orientalium Ecclesiarum was a...READ MORE

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Human Dignity at Risk in Europe, Advocates Warn Before Pope’s Speech (665)

Pro-life leaders hope the Nov. 25 speech will assist in changing a continental mentality that fails to respect human life.

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European flags on display at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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STRASBOURG, France — Ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, pro-life leaders are emphasizing the danger of a mentality that fails to respect life across the continent.

Carine Brochier is the coordinator for the European Institute of Bioethics in Brussels. She told CNA that, in her 12 years with the institute, she has seen a “new conception of human being” that has “quickly accelerated during recent years.”

This new view of the human person, which fails to value human life, manifests itself in numerous different ways and is tied in with emerging technologies, she stated.

“Mother Teresa said that if you open the door to abortion, then the...READ MORE

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