Any kind of abusea ‘moral offense and crime,’ says Archbishop Carlson

June 20, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said June 13 he wanted to “set the record straight” and “respond to certain misconceptions” about a deposition he gave in a lawsuit involving alleged abuse by a Minnesota priest some 35 years ago. “I understand this situation has caused concern and frustration…

Bishops focus on religious liberty, election document

June 20, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service During their June 11-13 spring general assembly in New Orleans, the nation’s Catholic bishops voted to extend their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty and to approve work on a limited revision of their quadrennial document aimed at guiding Catholics in election decisions. They also…

Couples from different churches say they are models for Christian unity

June 20, 2014, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on…

Pope invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Rome to pray for peace

June 6, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations. The pope made the announcement May 25, after praying the “Regina Coeli” at the end of Mass that Abbas attended in Manger Square, in Bethlehem, West Bank. Later…

Pope Francis travels to the Holy Land

Fifty years later, patriarch and pope meet again in Jerusalem June 6, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ’s death and resurrection. “We…

Pope’s Holy Land trip raises both hopes and questions

June 6, 2014, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Given the Holy Land’s long and complex history of military, religious and cultural conflict, the run-up to Pope Francis’ May 24-26 pilgrimage was inevitably marked by fears it would be marred by controversy — or worse. Now that the pope’s second international trip is over, so are those fears. The suspense…

Pope to beatify Pope Paul VI at end of synod on the family

June 6, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Francis signed a decree May 9 recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul, who led the church from 1963 to 1978,…

Here are issues on agenda for U.S. Bishops’ meeting

Impact of the economy on marriage, sex abuse prevention efforts, more June 6, 2014, edition By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service The U.S. bishops, meeting in New Orleans June 11-13, will discuss today’s economy and its impact on marriages and evangelization. They will also review their efforts in preventing sexual abuse of children, strengthening marriage,…

Warriors light up Lourdes

Soldiers trade weapons for rosaries as they pray and pay homage to Mary May 23, 2014, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons. But instead of impressive displays…

Bishops ask pope to beatify ArchbishopRomero in El Salvador

May 23, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Pope Francis assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding well, and the bishops asked him to come to El Salvador to preside personally over the archbishop’s hoped-for beatification. Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas told reporters May 18 that…