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Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop withdraws from public ministry

Retired Auxiliary Bishop Robert Morneau of Green Bay has requested and has been granted a withdrawal from all public ministry.

Dutch bishops: Media report on abuse was old news; safeguards in place

The Dutch bishops' conference said it had worked to prevent further sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, but said a recent report by a leading newspaper was "old news."

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country.

Church present and future: Synod to show young Catholics’ needs, gifts

The Synod of Bishops will meet in October to try to look at the world and the Catholic Church through the eyes of teenagers and young adults and find ways to encourage their enthusiasm and dreams, help them sift through the possibilities life offers them to serve others and resist the temptations that come their way.

For cartoonist, guardian angels are no joke

Comics show eternity and everyday life from an angelic perspective

Orthodontist hopes event spreads his love for Blessed John Henry Newman

Ron Snyder knows not many Catholics have heard of Blessed John Henry Newman.

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

Police arrest Indian bishop, charge him with rape

Pope Francis has accepted the request of an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun to be relieved of his duties during the investigation.

Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

A class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 17 against eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding the dioceses provide proof that they submitted the names of all suspected predators.