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  • English bishop: Britain in 'amazing political mess' over Brexit

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Britain is in an "amazing political mess" over Brexit, an English bishop said. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth voiced his opinion on Twitter Jan. 16, a day after the House of Commons overwhelming rejected the withdrawal agreement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union. The agreement sought to set out terms of a future relationship with the European Union following Britain's withdrawal from the bloc, something the British people approved in a June 2016 referendum.

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  • Pope wants abuse summit to lead to clarity, action

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At the upcoming meeting on protecting minors, Pope Francis wants leaders of the world's bishops' conferences to clearly understand what must be done to prevent abuse, care for victims and ensure no case is whitewashed or covered up.

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  • Pope Francis: What to expect in 2019

    Vatican City, Jan 15, 2019 CNA.- The finalization of a Curial reform process, a reshuffle in some Vatican positions, and an eventual consistory to “refill” the College of Cardinals might be among Pope Francis’ key moves in 2019.

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  • AG nominee says Catholic faith not an issue

    Washington D.C., Jan 15, 2019 CNA.- President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general William Barr said Tuesday that he does not think his Catholic faith is an impediment to leading the Department of Justice.

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  • Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges he knew of one accusation against predecessor

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a second letter issued in mid-January about what he knew and didn't regarding abuse allegations involving his predecessor, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Washington's retired archbishop, apologized Jan. 15 for what he called a "lapse of memory," clarifying that he knew of at least one abuse allegation against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, but he had "forgotten" about it.

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  • Pope advances sainthood causes for 17 women

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. The pope formally recognized a miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Marguerite Bays, a laywoman from Switzerland known for her spirituality in the face of great physical suffering and for bearing the stigmata of Christ.

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  • Irish abuse survivor wants Vatican summit to increase accountability

    DUBLIN (CNS) -- A prominent survivor and advocate for those affected by clerical abuse has urged Pope Francis to publicly name bishops who have been found guilty of negligence by church tribunals. Marie Collins -- who was a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors from 2014 to 2017 -- also said that, during the Vatican summit on safeguarding in February, the pope should set out comprehensive procedures to hold bishops accountable.

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  • Pope meets with Chilean bishops, discusses abuse crisis

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis spent nearly three hours with bishops from Chile discussing the sexual abuse crisis that has rocked the church in the country, a Chilean bishop said. Briefing journalists on the bishops' meeting with the pope Jan. 13, Bishop Luis Fernando Ramos Perez, apostolic administrator of Rancagua and secretary-general of the bishops' conference, said they met for one hour with the pope at Vatican's Apostolic Palace and were invited to have lunch for nearly two hours with him to discuss "the situation of the church in Chile."

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  • Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

    ROME (CNS) -- After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome's mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city's historic water features.

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  • Faith is passed on at home, pope tells parents at baptism

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Faith isn't something learned just by studying the catechism but rather is a gift passed on to children by the example of their parents, Pope Francis said. Although children learn the tenets of the Catholic faith in catechism class, it is first transmitted in the home "because faith always must be transmitted in dialect: the dialect of the family, the dialect of the home, in the atmosphere of the home," he said before baptizing 27 babies.

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  • Shutdown won't deter crowds from marching for life in nation's capital

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Neither snow nor sleet -- nor partial government shutdown -- will keep pro-lifers away from the nation's capital for the March for Life Jan. 18. If it continues, the shutdown will be almost a month old by then. Daily news reports show the closures of monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian museums in Washington and trash cans overflowing on some federal property -- images that might lead some folks around the country to think it is affecting big events planned for the nation's capital.

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  • Pro-lifers: N.Y. abortion bill could one day make being pro-life 'a crime'

    ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act "worse than we thought it would be." "It foresees a time in New York where it's a crime to be pro-life," said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state's Catholic bishops.

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  • Pope will go to Romania calling for unity, focus on the common good

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will make a three-day apostolic visit to Romania in late May, the Vatican announced. Accepting invitations from President Klaus Iohannis and from Catholic leaders, the pope will visit the capital of Bucharest, the cities of Iasi and Blaj, and the Marian sanctuary in Sumuleu Ciuc in the Transylvanian region.

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  • Witness to Life pilgrims prepare for annual pro-life march

    BRAINTREE -- Pro-life pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston are preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to attend the 46th annual March for Life. Approximately 190 pilgrims will travel by bus through the archdiocese's Witness to Life pilgrimage to participate in the March for Life on Jan. 18. In addition to those going on the Witness to Life pilgrimage, 150 people from Cardinal Spellman High School and about 300 from various schools and parishes in the archdiocese are traveling independently.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Here in Boston, we have the beautiful custom of ending the old year and beginning the new year in church. So, on New Year's Eve, I went to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine for the archdiocese's annual New Year's Eve Vigil and Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. We are grateful to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary for their gracious hospitality again this year.

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  • Bishops describe their retreat as inspiring, Spirit-filled

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat leader, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who has preached to popes and top officials of the Roman Curia for nearly 40 years.

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