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17

Apr

2019

“Christ is Alive”: Pope Francis Releases Exhortation to Young People

Pope Francis meets youth in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall
Pope Francis meets youth in the Pope Paul VI Audience Hall

by Tess Daniels

 

On March 25, Pope Francis promulgated an apostolic exhortation entitled Christus Vivit, or “Christ is Alive.” The nine-chapter document is dedicated “to young people and to the entire people of God.” Francis explains that the document was inspired by the “wealth of reflections and conversations of the Synod” on Young People, which was celebrated in the Vatican in October 2018.

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06

Apr

2019

Pope Francis Refuses Cardinal Barbarin’s Resignation Offer

Phillipe Cardinal Barbarin pictured at World Youth Day 2011.
Phillipe Cardinal Barbarin pictured at World Youth Day 2011.

by Patrick Stallwood


On March 18, Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, France, met with Pope Francis to hand in his resignation. Word emerged the next day that the pontiff had refused to accept this decision. The news comes after a March 7 verdict that found Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations of sexual abuse against priest Rev. Bernard Preynat. Barbarin has been given a six-month suspended sentence, but claims he is being unjustly accused. Following the conviction, Barbarin’s lawyers have appealed the court decision.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Pope Francis to Unseal Archives on Pius XII in 2020

by Patrick Stallwood and Mathieu Ronayne

 

On March 4, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican will unseal the archives on Pope Pius XII, the Pontiff who reigned during World War II. Many Jewish groups have condemned Pope Pius XII for not taking action to help Jews during the Holocaust, sometimes going as far to say that he was completely silent. Pope Francis acknowledged that Pius XII’s papacy contains “moments of grave difficulties, tormented decisions of human and Christian prudence, that to some could appear as reticence.”

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Perspective: The Church and the Humanitarian Crisis in Haiti

by Tess Daniels

 

Over the past few decades, the world has watched Haiti go through cycles of violence, corruption, and insurrection. In 2008, food riots led to emergency plans and the dismissal of the president. A cholera outbreak, gang violence, and political protests all contributed to an atmosphere of turmoil in the country. Former presidents were put on trial for corruption and human rights abuses charges. Haiti’s army was disbanded from 1995-2012 for its role in past coups and its history of crime. As recently as February 2019, at least four people were killed and dozens injured in nationwide anti-corruption protests against President Moise and other officials.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Perspective: The Church After Christchurch

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park.
Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, lays flowers for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings at Hagley Park.

 by Tom Flanagan

 

On the afternoon of March 15, when the worshippers of Al Noor Mosque knelt for Friday Prayer, none could have imagined the massacre that ensued. Of course, they had little reason for concern: mass shootings seemed a distant memory to most New Zealanders. More than 20 years had passed since a man murdered six and wounded four in the town of Raurimu, marking the last major incident of gun violence in New Zealand. For over two decades, the island country appeared immune to the terror attacks sweeping the world.  That Friday, however; their sense of security ended. Today, as grief grips the world over, the Catholic Church’s response will show the measure of their fellowship with the Muslim faith.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Cardinal O’Malley Launches Abuse Hotline

by Mary Rose Corkery

 

Recent findings in the Catholic Church’s clerical abuse investigation have shaken many of the faithful, and the Archdiocese of Boston’s Seán Cardinal O’Malley has made efforts to avoid complacency on the subject. Boston’s involvement in the crisis over the past two decades leads many to look to Cardinal O’Malley for a plan that can renew a sense of safety and trust in the Church.

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Bishops Convene for Summit on Child Abuse

Pope Francis Leads the Summit in Prayer (Foto ©Vatican Media)
Pope Francis Leads the Summit in Prayer (Foto ©Vatican Media)

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On February 21-24, Catholics leaders from around the world meet at the Vatican to discuss the crisis of child sexual abuse in the Church. This meeting was called by Pope Francis after serious allegations of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups rocked the Catholic world over the past months. In the United States, these include the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the crimes of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. However, the past year has shown the worldwide scale of the issues. Chile, Germany, Australia, and several other nations have experienced new allegations of sex abuse within the Church. To address these problems, Pope Francis organized February's five-day conference with the heads of 130 national bishops' conferences.

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Tue

12

Feb

2019

Perspective: The Church and the Venezuelan Crisis

We Are Millions March in Venezuela, 2015. (Image in the public domain)
We Are Millions March in Venezuela, 2015. (Image in the public domain)

by Patrick Stallwood

            

Over the last five years, the news cycle has bent an eye on Venezuela’s intensified political and humanitarian crisis. The country’s administration has blamed many of its problems on economic sanctions levied against it by the United States since Hugo Chavez’s revolution. The United States, on the other hand, has blamed the crisis on a severe mismanagement of funds by the Venezuelan government. As living conditions worsen for many citizens in this majority-Catholic nation, it becomes increasingly important to consider the duties of the Church in the midst of the crisis.

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