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March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019
More than four hundred people took part in Rites of Election at Westminster Cathedral last weekend. At Masses presided over by Cardinal Nichols, who was assisted by Bishops Sherrington, Hudson, McAleenan and Wilson, 219 candidates and 200 catechumens attended Rites of Election over Saturday and Sunday. In his remarks to the congregation, Cardinal Nichols made
March 15, 2019
Several years ago – back when I was, if not precisely in my prime, at least substantially less old, fat, and mentally ill than my current shambolic state – I had the idea of running a marathon. In December. Along Liverpool’s windswept Docks. While praying the rosary non-stop, all the way round. If that sounds
March 15, 2019
On Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison following his conviction on five charges of sexual abuse of minors. He will be eligible for parole in three years and eight months. While the passing of sentence normally marks the end of a case, Pell’s situation is far from resolved. Although he
March 15, 2019
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising has announced that the Catholic Church in Germany is embarking on a “binding synodal process” to tackle what he says are the three key issues arising from the clerical abuse crisis: priestly celibacy, the Church’s teaching on sexual morality, and a reduction of clerical power. Speaking at the
March 15, 2019
Members of the advisory board for Chicago’s college seminary have written to Cardinal Blase Cupich, saying that his recent decision to close the seminary was made without consultation or transparency, and will negatively impact the Archdiocese of Chicago. “The complete lack of transparency surrounding this decision (neither the Board nor the Rector were consulted) seems
March 15, 2019
New Zealand’s bishops have issued a message of solidarity with the country’s Muslims after mosque attacks in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead. In the message, they wrote: “We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslims at mosques in Christchurch. We are profoundly aware of the
March 15, 2019
More than 1,000 people are expected to become Catholics in England and Wales this Easter. The Church in Phnom Penh is preparing to baptise 154 adults. Clergy abused 625 children between 1990 and mid-2018, the Polish Church has reported. Germany’s bishops have agreed to a “binding synodal process” on abuse, celibacy and sexual morality. Rocco
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