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  • Bolivian bishops say Morales' resignation was not a coup

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Bolivia's bishops called for calm after the country's president resigned suddenly in the face of swelling street protests over accusations of electoral fraud. They also insisted the departure of President Evo Morales "is not a coup," even though the military had urged him to step aside.

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  • O'Malley: Vatican may 'soon' release details of McCarrick investigation

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- In a brief presentation Nov. 11 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told the bishops gathered in Baltimore the Vatican may publish what it knows about the ascent to power of now-disgraced former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick by Christmas, or perhaps the New Year.

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  • Remote vote: New York bishops on 'ad limina' will cast USCCB ballots

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While other U.S. bishops are preparing for their general meeting in Baltimore Nov. 11-13, the bishops of New York state are packing their bags for Rome. The bishops of Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, New York, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre and Syracuse are scheduled to make their visits "ad limina apostolorum" -- to the threshold of the apostles -- Nov. 11-16.

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  • English cardinal: Priests would die rather than break seal of confession

    MANCHESTER (CNS) -- Catholic priests would die rather than break the seal of confession to report child abusers to the police, said an English cardinal. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse that the English and Welsh bishops would reject any attempts to compel priests to report Catholics who admit to committing sexual abuse during confession.

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  • No nukes: Pope expected to take aim at new arms race during Japan trip

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' top aide made no secret of what will be on the pope's mind when he visits Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 24: "the total elimination of nuclear weapons." In a late September visit to the United Nations, the aide, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, spoke repeatedly and passionately about the need to stop manufacturing, testing and stockpiling nuclear weapons.

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  • Pakistani Christians hiding in Bangkok debate attending papal Mass

    BANGKOK (CNS) -- When Pope Francis celebrates Mass in a Bangkok sports stadium Nov. 21, tens of thousands of Catholics from across Thailand will be there to celebrate with him. Several devout Catholics may not be among them, however much they might love to join. Ucanews.org reported that by venturing outdoors to attend the Mass in person, these believers would run the risk of being detained by authorities.

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  • All of life should be journey toward God, pope says at memorial Mass

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus invites everyone to always go to him, which, Pope Francis said, also means no longer making life revolve around oneself. "What direction is my journey going? Do I only try to make a good impression, to protect my position, my time and my space or do I go to the Lord?" he asked during a memorial Mass for the 13 cardinals and 147 bishops who died over the preceding year.

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  • In time of crisis, church must be renewed, U.S. archbishop says

    ROME (CNS) -- At times of great crisis in the Catholic Church, God intervened to renew it through the example and witness of saints, said Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Connecticut. "We feel very keenly today, all of us, the weight of human sinfulness, of infidelity, of scandal, of the sin that weighs down the church," Archbishop Blair said in his homily Nov. 4 during a Mass at the Rome Basilica of St. Mary Major.

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  • Death comes to those who forget it, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Death is not a topic that should be avoided but a reminder that cures men and women from any illusion of being all-powerful, Pope Francis said. While today's worldly culture "enslaves (and) seeks to anesthetize us to forget what the end means," facing the topic of death is necessary so that one can truly appreciate life, the pope said Oct. 31 in a video message to young people participating in the World Youth Encounter in Mexico City.

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  • Pope adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to universal calendar

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has approved adding the Dec. 10 feast of Our Lady of Loreto to all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Putting the celebration of the feast day on the universal calendar "will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of the perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the head of the church also accepted us as her own," the decree said.

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  • Holy Spirit guides church efforts to evangelize, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Spirit guides the Catholic Church's mission, pointing the way to evangelize new lands and opening people's hearts to be transformed by Christ, Pope Francis said. Pray to the Holy Spirit "for a heart that is open, sensitive to God and welcoming" toward others, the pope encouraged Catholics Oct. 30 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Pope calls for dialogue, reconciliation to address problems in Iraq

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the wake of deadly protests in Iraq, Pope Francis called on the people and their leaders to take the path of dialogue to find answers to their nation's problems. At the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 30, the pope said his thoughts were with "beloved Iraq, where protest demonstrations going on this month have caused numerous deaths and injuries."

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  • With new decree, pope makes Vatican Secret Archives no longer 'secret'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing the negative misinterpretations that the word "secret" implies, Pope Francis has changed the name of the Vatican Secret Archives to the Vatican Apostolic Archives. In a decree, issued "motu proprio," on the pope's own initiative, and published by the Vatican Oct. 28, the pope said that semantic changes over the centuries have caused the meaning of the Latin word for "secret" to "be misunderstood" and "to be colored with ambiguous, even negative nuances."

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  • Synod calls for more church roles for women, but stops short of diaconate

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon asked that women be given leadership roles in the Catholic Church, although they stopped short of calling for women deacons. In the Amazon, like in the rest of the world, the essential roles women play within the family, the community and the church should be valued and recognized officially, members of the synod said in their final document.

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  • Before new ministries, church must eradicate clericalism, bishop says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The way to rid the Catholic Church of clericalism is by giving laywomen a greater role in making decisions, a Bolivian bishop said. Bishop Ricardo Ernesto Centellas Guzman of Potosi told Catholic News Service Oct. 23 that before considering the proposal from some members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon to ordain women deacons and married "viri probati," or men of proven virtue, the current "model of the church, which is too hierarchal, must change."

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  • Church faces conflicts with help of Holy Spirit, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The church resolves conflicts and discerns God's will by patiently listening, discussing and deciding under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said. "It is the Spirit, in fact, who helps overcome narrow-mindedness and tensions, and works within hearts" to build unity "in the truth and the good," he said Oct. 23 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Cardinal talks about listening at the synod, being loyal to the pope

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said that as a European member of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, his first task is to listen and his second task is to examine ways his lifestyle and that of his community contribute to the suffering of the Amazonian people.

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  • Explaining Scripture, Venezuelan priest becomes social media sensation

    CARACAS, Venezuela (CNS) -- Understanding the Bible can be challenging, but Catholics in Venezuela are becoming more familiar with Scripture through the work of a tech-savvy friar. Capuchin Franciscan Father Luis Antonio Salazar is breaking with traditional ways of preaching and bringing the Gospel to thousands of cellphone users each week through an Instagram video series called "Vivir el Evangelio," or "Living the Gospel."

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  • This princess saint was not Harry Potter's owl: St. Hedwig of Silesia

    Wroc?aw, Poland, Oct 16, 2019 CNA.- Readers who find this story through a search engine probably were looking for information about Hedwig, Harry Potter’s snowy owl. St. Hedwig of Silesia was not an owl. But read on anyway: she was a princess, a wife, a mother, and a builder of bridges between the German and Polish people. And her husband’s name was “Henry the Bearded.”

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  • U.S. bishops speak at synod for the Amazon

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is not a "referendum" on priestly celibacy; it is looking for ways to provide for the sacramental life and formation of the people there, U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston said.

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  • 'Newman converts' come home to Rome for canonization

    Vatican City, Oct 13, 2019 CNA.- The canonization of St. John Henry Newman Sunday drew “Newman converts” to Rome from throughout the English-speaking world, all of whom followed Newman’s writings across the Tiber River and into the Catholic Church.

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