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US Bishops Meet to Address Abuse Crisis; Vatican Delays Vote on New Guidelines

Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)
Bishops of the US gather for their annual fall meeting on Nov. 12, 2018, in Baltimore. (RNS/AP/Patrick Semansky)

by Mathieu Ronayne

 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for their annual General Assembly on November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. In an October 30 press release, they announced their expectations for the Assembly discussion, and anticipated a vote on “a series of concrete measures to respond to the abuse crisis.” They said they would also vote on the Pastoral Letter Against Racism (a report after the recent Synod on Youth) as well as the cause for canonization for Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA.

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Migrant Caravan Waits in Tijuana After Difficult Journey

Border fence between Tijuana (right) and San Diego's border patrol offices (left).
Border fence between Tijuana (right) and San Diego's border patrol offices (left).

by Adriana Watkins

 

A group of approximately 2,000-3,000 migrants from Central America reached Tijuana, Mexico on November 15, with more set to arrive as the weeks continue. The travelers, mostly seeking escape from poverty and violence, are citizens of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.  They made the trek in a long line or caravan, alternatively walking and hitchhiking. During rest periods, they camped in large groups.

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Asia Bibi's Release Roils Pakistan

by Tess Daniels

 

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has acquitted and freed Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Roman Catholic woman who has spent eight years on death row for blasphemy. The news of her release has sparked violent protests and death threats against authorities from Pakistani Muslims. The media widely reported that Ms. Bibi had been flown out of the country, inciting more outrage; however, Pakistani officials denied any such action.

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2018

World Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Poppies surround the Tower of London in remembrance of Armistice Day
Poppies surround the Tower of London in remembrance of Armistice Day

by Olivia Colombo

 

On Sunday, November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was commemorated with services and acts of remembrance around the world. The community of Boston College also gathered together for a Mass and prayer service to honor veteran alumni.

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Vatican, China Agree on Bishop Appointments

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On September 22, the Vatican announced that it had reached a provisional agreement with the Chinese government regarding the appointment of bishops. The agreement was the fruit of years of negotiation between the two countries on the role of governance of the Catholic Church in China.

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Conference Reflects on the Role of Contemporary Music in Worship

Worship Band at 2015 Steubenville East Conference (photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr)
Worship Band at 2015 Steubenville East Conference (photo courtesy of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr)

by Olivia Colombo

 

On October 20, Catholic musicians from the Archdiocese of Boston and surrounding areas gathered for the first annual Catholic Conference on Contemporary Worship (CCCW) at St. Mary of the Assumption in Dedham. Put on by musicians from the forefront of Catholic praise and worship in New England, the full-day conference aimed to foster community amongst worship leaders. It also aimed to equip beginners and seasoned musicians with skills for using music to elevate the experiences of Adoration and Mass.

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Catholic Church Responds to Synagogue Shooting

Police officers are seen after a gunman killed eleven people Oct. 27 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (CNS photo/John Altdorfer, Reuters)
Police officers are seen after a gunman killed eleven people Oct. 27 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (CNS photo/John Altdorfer, Reuters)

by Adriana Watkins

 

On Saturday, October 27, a shooter killed 11 people worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The attack came as congregants were participating in Shabbat morning prayer services and a bris (or circumcision) ceremony. The shooter, 46-year-old Robert Bowers, was injured in the confrontation with police and taken into custody. He made his first court appearance the following Monday, and is being charged with 44 federal counts, most of them relating to malicious targeting of a religious group.

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Overcoming Challenges for Youth and Bishops: An Interview with Archbishop Chaput

by The Torch Staff

 

Catholic Bishops from around the world convened beginning on Oct. 3 for the 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. One of the 6 bishops representing the United States is The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On October 20th, Archbishop Chaput corresponded with The Torch to share his thoughts on the Synod so far.

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