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  • Benedictine abbot leads pope, curial officials in Lenten retreat

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis asked 50-year-old Benedictine Abbot Bernardo Gianni to lead his Lenten retreat, the abbot said he told the pope he felt "very inadequate." "The pope responded to me that that was a great precondition for doing it well," the abbot of Florence's Abbey of San Miniato al Monte told the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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  • Diocese concludes inquiry of French priest's martyrdom

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Rouen concluded its sainthood inquiry into the life and death of a French priest who was killed while celebrating Mass. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen presided over the final session of the diocesan inquiry into the life and martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel, Vatican News reported March 9.

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  • Give up gossiping for Lent, pope suggests

    ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one's own faults and defects, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer at noon March 3 with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and visiting the parish of St. Crispin in Labaro, a suburb on the northern edge of Rome, later that afternoon, Pope Francis focused on the line from the day's Gospel: "Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?"

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  • Four British doctors ask court to review survey on assisted suicide

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Four British doctors are attempting to take their professional body to the High Court over an assisted suicide survey they believe is illegal. The doctors, two of whom are Catholic, say they believe the Royal College of Physicians has acted "unfairly and unlawfully" by setting a supermajority of 60 percent of votes to retain the college's existing opposition to assisted suicide.

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  • Local council in London OKs exclusion zone around abortion clinic

    LONDON (CNS) -- A council in London has approved an exclusion zone around an abortion clinic, making it the second local authority in the U.K. to take action to prevent pro-life activities. A March 5 full meeting of Richmond Council, which covers an area of southwest London along the River Thames, approved a decision made by its regulatory committee a month earlier to make it a crime to attempt any form of interaction with staff or visitors to a center run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in the Twickenham section of London.

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  • In times of crisis, church returns to basics of faith, Bishop Barron says

    ROME (CNS) -- In times of crisis, the Catholic Church and its faithful must return to the basics of the Christian faith, said Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles. Bishop Barron, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1986, told reporters in Rome March 7 that he has lived most of his priesthood in the context of the church's sexual abuse crisis and is convinced that the only way forward is to focus on what it really means to be Christian.

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  • Mexican bishops present five objectives for action on clergy abuse

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- The Mexican bishops' conference has presented an action plan for protecting minors from sexual abuse by clergy and pastoral agents. The plan, presented March 5 in Mexico City, outlines five objectives: Diagnosis, prevention, justice and response, supporting victims and promoting respect for the law.

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  • Number of priests declined for first time in decade, Vatican says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The percentage of Catholics in the world has remained steady, while the number of priests has decreased for the first time in almost a decade, according to Vatican statistics. Meanwhile, the numbers of bishops, permanent deacons, lay missionaries and catechists have all increased, it said.

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  • Give up gossiping for Lent, pope suggests

    ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one's own faults and defects, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer at noon March 3 with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and visiting the parish of St. Crispin in Labaro, a suburb on the northern edge of Rome, later that afternoon, Pope Francis focused on the line from the day's Gospel: "Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?"

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  • God's wrath is just as great as his mercy, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians must not take advantage of God's forgiveness -- selfishly repeating sin after sin -- because God's wrath for those who refuse to change their ways is just as great as his mercy, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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  • Border bishops say real emergency is how to take care of migrants

    EL PASO, Texas (CNS) -- Bishops from Texas and Mexico called for a solidarity with migrants as a Catholic response to the national emergency declared at the U.S.-Mexico border. They also questioned if the emergency -- declared by U.S. President Donald Trump to free up funds for building a border wall -- was as urgent as attending to the waves of migrants seeking asylum in the United States, but who are forced to wait months to make their claims.

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  • Cardinal Pell jailed in Australia ahead of March 13 sentencing

    MELBOURNE, Australia (CNS) -- Australian Cardinal George Pell has been taken into custody for the first time since historic child sex abuse charges against him were set for hearing in May 2018. The former prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and former member of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals will remain behind bars ahead of his sentencing March 13 after the chief judge of the Victorian County Court, Peter Kidd, who presided over the trial, heard pleas for his sentence Feb. 27.

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  • Pope will visit school for imams, migrant center in Morocco

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will travel to Morocco March 30-31 as a "servant of hope" to encourage the country's small Catholic community, the migrants hosted there and all people of goodwill, said Archbishop Cristobal Lopez Romero of Rabat, the nation's capital.

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  • Lent is time to let go of 'destructive' selfishness, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Lenten season is a reminder for Catholics that overindulgence ruptures communion with God, with others and with creation, Pope Francis said. A failure to live as children of God can give way to sin, which "takes the shape of greed and unbridled pursuit of comfort, lack of concern for the good of others and even of oneself," the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins March 6 for Latin-rite Catholics.

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  • Pope: Humanity can be dangerously spellbound by hi-tech progress

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Technology holds the potential to benefit all of humankind, but it also poses risky and unforeseen results, Pope Francis said. The rapid evolution of increased technological capacities, for example with artificial intelligence and robotics, creates a "dangerous enchantment; instead of handing human life the tools that will improve care, there is the risk of handing life over to the logic of instruments," he said Feb. 25.

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  • Pope to issue post-synod document on young people in March

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will issue a document on "young people, faith and vocational discernment" five months after the world Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss the topic. The Vatican announced Feb. 24 that the pope will present his post-synodal apostolic exhortation March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, during a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto near Italy's central Adriatic coast.

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  • Cardinal: Can the church step up, lead way in protecting children?

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Only together, by humbly sharing their experiences, encouragement and corrective advice, can the bishops and leaders in the Catholic Church work to prevent the abuse of minors and help bring healing to survivors, said the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.

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  • Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, "The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures" to stop abuse.

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  • Analysis: Pope Francis' position on Venezuela

    Vatican City, Feb 16, 2019 CNA.- Pope Francis’ recent letter to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro confirmed the Holy See’s position on the Venezuelan crisis, while demonstrating that Maduro has become an increasingly isolated global figure.

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  • Vatican summit: Silence, denial are unacceptable, archbishop says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, "whether it's criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial" on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, said the Vatican's top investigator of abuse cases.

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