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  • Trump set to pick Catholic lawyer as next White House counsel

    Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2018 CNA.- President Donald Trump has reportedly chosen a Catholic lawyer, Pat Cipollone, to replace White House counsel Donald McGhan. In addition to his professional work, Cipollone serves on the board of directors for the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2004.

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  • Diocese moving from prayer to action in wake of Hurricane Michael

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (CNS) -- In the wake of Hurricane Michael, which left 13 known dead and more than 1 million without power two days after it ravaged the Florida panhandle, the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, whose territory was smack in the path of the Category 4 storm, is moving from prayer to action.

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  • Volunteers keep vigil so the dying won't be alone in their last moments

    ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Maryel Rodgers sat beside a stranger named Grace. The woman lay still "under a purple fleece blanket sprinkled with brightly colored hearts and edged with broad fringes," recalled Rodgers. "Her graying hair spilled across the pillow. Her breath was firm and steady. She seemed to be unaware of the commotion of the busy hospital unit."

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  • 'Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent' is theme of Respect Life Month

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Each year the U.S. Catholic Church observes October as Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics "to cherish, defend and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between," said the chairman of the bishops' pro-life committee.

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  • University students call for dean ouster over Kavanaugh tweets

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Some students, alumni and faculty members at The Catholic University of America in Washington are calling for the resignation of the dean of its National Catholic School of Social Service following a series of tweets he wrote criticizing women who accused embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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  • Poll: Pope's favorability numbers down, and worse for handling of abuse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With Pope Francis midway into the sixth year of his pontificate, the percentage of U.S. Catholics who view him favorably, while still strong, is noticeably down. And, compared to a January poll by the Pew Research Center that showed Catholics being evenly split on how well Pope Francis has handled the issue of clergy sex abuse, numbers in the new poll, released Oct. 2, show that twice as many Catholics feel he is doing only a fair or poor job on the issue than say he is doing a good or excellent job.

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  • California governor vetoes measure to extend statute of limitations

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a measure Sept. 30 that would have extended the state's statute of limitations for decades for childhood sexual abuse survivors. The proposed measure would have allowed victims to file abuse claims until they are 40 years old. It also would have allowed those who have repressed memories of abuse to sue within five years of realizing the cause of their trauma.

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  • Catholic actor says improv performances offer lessons for life, faith

    WOODSTOCK, Ga. (CNS) -- It's a pre-eminent rule for performers under the bright lights: Make the other actors look better. That's solid advice for life, says improvisational actor Joe Lemmo. This Catholic funnyman mixes his stage skills and faith with young people on retreats for life lessons, laughs with engaged couples as future brides and grooms stretch their communication muscles and emcees parish events to make people grin. He also leads a class of students in the craft of improv comedy.

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  • Attendees return home from Encuentro with hopes, eagerness to share gifts

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fifth National Encuentro participants returned to their dioceses and parishes with many challenges and hopes. Among them, they were called to share their gifts and reach out across race and language barriers in their own parish and diocesan communities; at the same time, they also urged the rest of non-Hispanic Catholics to recognize their presence and open doors to their gifts and contributions.

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  • MRS chief: Proposed rule change for green cards 'a fear-creator'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A proposed federal rule change to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they become branded a "public charge" for taking certain federal or state poverty benefits is "a fear-creator," said William Canny, the executive director of the U.S. bishops' Office Department of Migration and Refugee Services.

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  • Volunteer help with cleanup after Florence called an act of 'faith, love'

    NEW BERN, N.C. (CNS) -- Nancy Sciara's "insides were shaking." She woke up, she said, unsure of what to expect from the day. Sciara, 84, was widowed 12 days earlier. And, four days after that, she sat in her home and watched as wind and rain from Hurricane Florence raged outside a window. It flooded the garage and workroom of her River Bend home and damaged her living room.

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  • Pro-life momentum? 40 Days for Life campaign begins in over 400 cities

    Washington D.C., Sep 27, 2018 CNA.- The 40 Days for Life 2018 fall campaign began on Wednesday, claiming groups in a record 415 cities are taking part. “The momentum in the pro-life movement is ours to keep or lose,” Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said Sept. 23. “We are going all in this fall.”

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  • Longtime papal photographer talks about life behind the lens

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While Arturo Mari may have started his professional photography career in the Vatican taking pictures of Pope Pius XII when he was just 16 years old, Mari's work commanded the world's attention when he accompanied history's most travel-minded pope, St. John Paul II, on more than 100 pastoral visits outside Italy.

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  • Conference celebrates 'partnership' between Reagan, St. John Paul II

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The United States' "cold warriors" from 30 and more years ago didn't come in from the cold, but from 85-degree heat, and into the air-conditioned comfort of an auditorium at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Sept. 26 to celebrate the joint efforts of Reagan and St. John Paul II to defeat communism in the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Eastern and Central Europe.

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  • Citing contributions to U.S., migrants demand permanent status

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Some attended the rally with hard hats on as others spoke about how an immigration program in peril helped them over the years pour millions into the U.S. economy, and also contributed to their role in physically rebuilding the country's iconic structures and cities after disasters.

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  • Catholic schools promote kindness as antidote to bullying, anxiety

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- In recent years, Catholic Charities school counselors have noticed an unsettling trend of more anxiety and less empathy among their young students. A variety of factors, including increased screen time and social media usage, more homework and extracurricular activities, along with less recess and unstructured free time, is leaving children "missing out on connection-with each other and with their communities," according to Catholic Charities counselor Melissa Smith.

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  • Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The bishops of Pennsylvania's eight Roman Catholic dioceses are supporting creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Ever since the Aug. 14 release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that graphically detailed the alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 boys and girls by some 300 priests and church workers in the state over 70 years, the bishops had "reflected deeply on the ugly record" of abuse and how "church leadership failed to protect our people over a period of decades."

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  • People helping people is what attracted actor to 'God Friended Me'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Television audiences may recall seeing actor Joe Morton as Eli Rowan Pope, the father of professional Washington fixer Olivia Pope, on the hit series "Scandal." With "Scandal" having ended last season, Morton was left with nothing to do. But a script came to him with an intriguing concept: A professed atheist who podcasts his lack of belief gets a Facebook friend request from God. The atheist accepts it, and before long starts seeing how interconnected people are to each other without even realizing it.

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  • Catholic leaders oppose administration's plan to limit green cards

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders are speaking out against a Trump administration proposed rule announced Sept. 22 that would deny green cards to legal immigrants using public assistance. The 447-page proposal called, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," is published on the Department of Homeland Security's website, www.dhs.gov. A news release announcing the rule says it aims to "clearly define long-standing law to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits."

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  • Update: Joy, hope, energy contagious among participants at V Encuentro

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Joy, hope, energy and a spirit of continued collaboration are contagious among the participants of the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine. One of the attendees, a 22-year-old Mexican-American seminarian, said he feels enriched by the exchange of ideas on pastoral needs in areas such as vocations and young adults. He also feels his contributions will be of value to strengthen Catholic Hispanic ministry in the United States.

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  • Continue to be an evangelizing church, nuncio tells Encuentro delegates

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Quoting from Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel," Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged Hispanic Catholic leaders and bishops to continue working toward being an evangelizing church by seeking an encounter with Christ and taking initiative while accompanying those on the peripheries.

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  • Thousands of Hispanics expected in Texas for Encuentro summit

    Fort Worth, Texas, Sep 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- As many as 3,000 Catholics of Hispanic background are expected in Texas this week for the National V Encuentro, a culmination of four years of listening to and empowering Catholics of Hispanic background throughout the U.S.

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  • Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

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  • Pope names Minnesota priest as auxiliary bishop of Hartford

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has appointed Father Juan M. Betancourt, a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. The appointment was announced in Washington Sept. 18 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States.

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  • Director of Courage releases letter on Penn. abuse report

    Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2018 CNA.- Courage International, an apostolate to support people with same sex-attraction in leading chaste lives, has issued a statement on three priests mentioned as credibly accused of sexual abuse in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

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  • Advocates decry historically low cap for refugee entry in 2019

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Advocates for refugee admissions into the United States decried what one statement called a historically low cap of 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, and asked Congress to work with the Trump administration to more than double that number.

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  • Stanford University to remove saint's name from some properties

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- California's Stanford University will strip the name of 18th-century Franciscan friar, St. Junipero Serra, from some of its properties but keep a street named after him. Stanford University announced the changes Sept. 13, saying in a statement that the saint, canonized in the U.S. during Pope Francis' apostolic visit in 2015, established a mission system that, while part of California history, it also was one that "inflicted great harm and violence on Native Americans."

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  • Path to healing starts with seeking forgiveness, Cardinal Wuerl says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A "Season of Healing" for sexual abuse survivors began in the Archdiocese of Washington with a Sept. 14 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. After the opening liturgical procession, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl and Auxiliary Bishops Mario E. Dorsonville and Roy E. Campbell Jr. prostrated themselves before the altar.

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