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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What is Opus Dei? A explainer

    Washington D.C., Jan 8, 2019 CNA.- Opus Dei confirmed this week that in 2005 it reached a $977,000 settlement with a Washington, D.C. woman who alleged that Opus Dei priest Fr. C. John McCloskey sexually assaulted her in the context of pastoral counseling.

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  • Knights take stand against lawmakers' judicial litmus test

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, calling the organization "an American Catholic cultural icon," said senators have no business questioning a federal judicial nominee's membership in the Knights over its support for church teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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  • Retired Bishop Mulvee of Providence, R.I., dies at age 88

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) -- Retired Bishop Robert E. Mulvee of Providence died Dec. 28 at the St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield, following a brief illness. He was 88. "Bishop Mulvee was a good and gentle shepherd of God's people. He was a faithful follower of Christ who served the church with dignity and compassion," said Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in a statement.

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  • Vatican begins investigation of Archbishop McCarrick

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- James Grein, a Virginia man who said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, gave his testimony about what occurred Dec. 27 before a judicial vicar for the New York Archdiocese.

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  • At the border, communities vent anger toward Washington

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Trash was not picked up around some of the most famous of monuments in Washington, and the White House Visitor Center and other tourist spots in the nation's capital closed as the president and lawmakers refused to find common ground to end a partial government shutdown.

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  • Vietnamese parishioners don't let church attack deter Christmas

    PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- Members of Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Portland did not let an attack stall their Christmas observances. Volunteers at the Vietnamese Catholic community gathered Christmas Eve, tools in hand, to repair their church, which had been seriously damaged when a man intentionally drove his SUV into the worship space and repeatedly crashed through the pews. In addition to the pews, walls and doors were heavily damaged.

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  • Louisiana parishioners find 'I prayed' stickers help evangelize

    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- An Election Day mistake opened the door wide for some real evangelization. It began as some voting locations Nov. 6 ran out of "I Voted" stickers, which are traditionally provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State's office to people at the polls. The governmental faux pas created a deluge of complaints on social media, with voters asking why they were unable to get a sticker.

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  • Sister Wendy Beckett, art critic and British TV star, dies at age 88

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Sister Wendy Beckett, who gained fame in the 1990s for television shows and books explaining art, died Dec. 26 in Norfolk, England, at the age of 88. She has been widely described as both an unlikely art critic and television star, but that may have been what made her all the more likeable.

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  • Illinois attorney general releases report on clergy sex abuse

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's report claiming that the clergy sexual abuse of minors in the state is "significantly more extensive" than what the state's dioceses had previously reported is unfair and "just false," according to the top lawyer for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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