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  • Guardian Angels: Safeguarding minors is a mandate, not a choice

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Concern and frustration with delayed and failed responses to abuse scandals in Poland culminated in a desperate appeal to Pope Francis to help "rebuild our church." More than 600 Polish lay Catholics pooled together enough money to buy an ad in an Italian newspaper at the end of June in a last-ditch effort to make sure the pope would hear their plea.

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  • Msgr. Ratzinger, retired pope's brother, dies at 96

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96. According to Vatican News, Msgr. Ratzinger died in Regensburg, Germany, where he had been hospitalized. Pope Benedict, 93, flew to Regensburg June 18 to be with his ailing brother.

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  • French cardinal reveals future plans after 'ordeal' of abuse trial

    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, who retired from the Archdiocese of Lyon, has left his see to serve as a convent chaplain and envoy for the pope. In a radio interview, he thanked Catholics for helping the church survive his conviction and acquittal on charges he ignored sexual abuse by a local priest.

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  • U.S. Catholic media must inspire unity amid division, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic media outlets in the United States are called to break down barriers that prevent dialogue and honest communication between people and communities, Pope Francis said. The national motto "e pluribus unum" ("out of many, one") can serve as an inspiration of the ideal of unity amid diversity "in an age marked by conflicts and polarization from which the Catholic community itself is not immune," the pope said in a June 30 message sent to participants of the Catholic Media Conference.

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  • No true love without the cross, pope says at Angelus

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- True love is not defined by preserving one's personal interests but by willingness to sacrifice oneself for the good of others, Pope Francis said. In order to follow Christ's call to take up the cross and follow him, Christians must take the same path he did "without looking for shortcuts," the pope said June 28 before praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Scientists confirm Italian crucifix is oldest wooden statue in Europe

    Rome Newsroom, Jun 26, 2020 CNA.- Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe. A radiocarbon dating study conducted by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics in Florence dated the 8-foot wooden crucifix to between 770 to 880 AD.

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  • Rome diocese to resume pilgrimage schedule, starting with Lourdes

    ROME (CNS) -- Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar of Rome who spent 10 days in a hospital with COVID-19, will lead a diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in August. The trip, Aug. 24-27, is scheduled to mark the resumption of diocesan-sponsored pilgrimages, which were halted because of the pandemic and its travel restrictions. With some exceptions and many precautions, travel among European countries resumed June 15.

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  • God listens to everybody -- sinner, saint, victim, killer, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Everyone lives a life that is often inconsistent or a "contradiction" because people can be both a sinner and a saint, a victim and a tormentor, Pope Francis said. No matter what one's situation is, people can put themselves back in God's hands through prayer, he said June 24 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Salvadoran bishops defend cardinal after online attacks

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The memes mocking the Salvadoran cardinal spread almost as fast as the virus. After calling for transparency and dialogue in the country, Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, found himself under attack, including being called a "Judas" and other names via social media. The attacks increased after he met sometime in June with members of a national private sector association and members of the country's legislative assembly to discuss the pandemic. It was not clear why Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele did not attend the meeting.

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  • Pope adds 'Comfort of Migrants,' other Marian titles to litany

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Among the many titles under which Catholics invoke Mary, Pope Francis has asked them to add "Mother of Mercy," "Mother of Hope" and "Comfort of Migrants." Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops' conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into the "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary," more commonly known as the "Litany of Loreto."

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  • In times of trial, never surrender to despair, pope says at Angelus

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians have no need to fear in moments of trial and adversity because God's grace is more powerful than evil, Pope Francis said. Like Jesus' suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christians may sometimes feel alone and think that "God himself has abandoned them," the pope said June 21 before praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Retired pope returns to Vatican after visiting his brother in Germany

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican June 22, five days after flying to Germany to spend time with his ailing, 96-year-old brother. During his last morning in Regensburg, the 93-year-old retired pope visited his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, one last time before being driven to the airport in Munich. Msgr. Ratzinger was director of the renowned Regensburg boys' choir from 1964 to 1994, when he retired.

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  • Retired pope travels to Germany to visit his brother

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, traveled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is 96. The Vatican press office confirmed that Pope Benedict went to Germany June 18 to visit his brother.

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  • Christians called to intercede for, not condemn, others, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- True believers do not condemn people for their sins or shortcomings but intercede on their behalf with God through prayer, Pope Francis said. Just as Moses implored God's mercy for his people when they sinned, Christians also must act as intermediaries because even "the worst sinners, the wickedest people, the most corrupt leaders -- they are children of God," the pope said June 17 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Trump tweets he's 'honored' by former nuncio's letter

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- President Donald Trump said he was "honored" by an open letter from a former Vatican official who claimed that restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were part of a Masonic plot to establish a new world order.

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  • Hope in post-pandemic world can only be achieved together, cardinal says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The mandate given by Pope Francis to the Vatican's coronavirus commission was to prepare a future full of hope amid chaos and uncertainty, Cardinal Peter Turkson said. In a livestreamed meeting with Vatican Media journalists June 9, Cardinal Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said the pope's words to "prepare the future" rather than "prepare for the future" are rooted in the teachings of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

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  • Vatican bank reports profit of 38 million euros in 2019

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, made a profit of 38 million euros (about $42.9 million) in 2019, more than twice the profit reported in the previous year, according to its annual report.

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