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  • Burns: 'Sensational' raid on Dallas chancery was 'traumatic' and unnecessary

    Dallas, Texas, May 21, 2019 CNA.- The Bishop of Dallas says that a May 15 police raid on diocesan offices was sensationalism, traumatic, and a waste of resources. “This event was most traumatic for those who were present in the building at the time, as some of the approximate 40 law enforcement agents approached employees in ski masks and SWAT gear,” Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said in a statement.

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  • Vatican officials support continued care of man in vegetative state

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from a patient whose body can absorb them is a "serious violation" of the person's dignity, said two Vatican officials. "The continuation of assistance is an unavoidable obligation," said Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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  • Analysis: Which state pro-life laws could arrive at the Supreme Court

    Washington D.C., May 16, 2019 CNA.- Earlier this week, the state of Alabama passed legislation to make abortion a felony. The measure is the nation’s strongest prohibition on abortion. It directly contradicts Roe v. Wade and is intended as a challenge to the Supreme Court case that established a nationwide “right to abortion” in 1973.

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  • Virginia woman makes whimsical wigs for children experiencing hair loss

    VIENNA, Va. (CNS) -- When her friend's daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Holly Christensen, an Alaskan mother and oncology nurse, decided to make the little girl something pretty to wear. She created a Rapunzel-style wig made of soft yellow yarn with flowers strewn throughout the long braid. The gift was a hit.

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  • Fight fake news with humble search for truth, pope tells journalists

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The task of journalism is to seek the truth, which requires humility and freedom of the press, Pope Francis told foreign correspondents working in Italy. "At a time when many spread fake news, humility keeps you from peddling food spoiled by disinformation and invites you to offer the good bread of truth. The humble journalist is a free journalist: free from pressures, free from biases," he said, adding that such freedom also required courage.

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  • Vatican court clears official accused of solicitation in confessional

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's highest court cleared a Vatican official accused of the crime of solicitation in the confessional. The court, the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's highest court, said May 17 that it finished an "administrative penal process" of Father Hermann Geissler, an official at the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who had been accused of "a grave delict."

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  • Red Sox to hold Catholic Night at Fenway Park

    BOSTON -- The Red Sox will hold their annual Catholic Night at Fenway Park on June 24. The Red Sox are to play against the Chicago White Sox that night. The game will be preceded by a social on the Sam Adams Deck. There will be a pregame ceremony honoring clergy and members of the local Catholic community before the first pitch.

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  • 'An important and substantive response'

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley released the following statement May 9 on Vos estis lux mundi -- Editor. Following the international summit in Rome this past February, Pope Francis pledged "concrete measures" to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Vos estis lux mundi is one means of fulfilling that pledge, establishing specific mandatory protocols and reporting systems for matters concerning such abuse.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    We were very sad to learn this week of the death of Jean Vanier after a long battle with cancer. His spirituality and his service to the developmentally disabled made such an impact, not just in our Church, but throughout the world through the L'Arche movement he began. It was my privilege to have met him on a number of different occasions -- he was someone whom I admired very, very much.

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  • Regarding Pope Francis's Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following Q and A May 9 -- Editor. Q. What does the new Motu Proprio do? A. The new Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi is a significant move forward for the universal Church, one that echoes many of the practices established in the U.S. Bishops' Essential Norms and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that have been in force in the United States since 2002. For example, it affirms the existing:

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