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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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From Cardinal Seán's blog


As many of you may know, for much of this past week I was on retreat with the bishops of the United States at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. There were about 250 bishops in attendance, which is about the number that would normally attend our plenary session in November.

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Archdiocese launches website to inform, educate on clergy abuse response


The Archdiocese of Boston is launching a website this week entitled "Protection, Prevention and Healing," which has been created for use by all Catholics in the archdiocese. In a statement announcing the site, available at commitment.bostoncatholic.org, the archdiocese said, "The content on the site will inform, educate and provide resources, especially for all impacted by sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and includes easily accessible support for survivors and their families."

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Archdiocese prepares to launch Digital Initiative to provide websites to parishes


BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston expects to launch its Digital Initiative, a program to provide parishes with a free platform and templates for their websites next month. The multilingual platform will feature e-commerce, email accounts, mobile responsiveness, and syndicated content from the archdiocese, such as links to The Pilot and Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's blog.

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This week's edition » National News

'Deception' guided court cases that legalized abortion, archbishop says


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The two Supreme Court cases that legalized abortion virtually on demand in the United States were based on "deception," said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. "The late Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, lied about being gang-raped," said Archbishop Naumann, new chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities. "After her pro-life conversion, Norma acknowledged that she was deceived by her attorneys about the reality of abortion. For the last 20 years of her life, Norma McCorvey labored tirelessly to overturn Roe v. Wade."

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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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Baltimore archdiocesan board creates policy on allegations against bishops


BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Although the U.S. bishops did not vote in November on proposals that would have created procedures for handling allegations against bishops of misconduct or improper supervision, bishops in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be subject to a policy approved in December by the archdiocese's Independent Review Board.

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This week's edition » International News

Seeking Christ's face: Some believe hilltop shrine holds true relic


MANOPPELLO, Italy (CNS) -- At the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, visitors see a transparent cloth encased between two glass panes within an ornate silver frame above the sanctuary's altar. Once light is shined on the cloth of byssus fiber, the image of a bearded man, eyes open and mouth seemingly taking a breath is revealed.

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New book by St. John Paul shows early political, social philosophy


WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A new two-volume manuscript on political and social philosophy, authored by St. John Paul II in the 1950s, will dispel views of him as "an intellectual cut off from social concerns" and clarify his lifelong stance on political and ideological issues, said the book's editor.

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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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A global response to abuse: Work already underway, Jesuit says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- By summoning leaders of the world's bishops' conferences and top representatives of religious orders to the Vatican in February to address the abuse crisis and the protection of minors, Pope Francis is sending the message that the need for safeguarding is a global issue.

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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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