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My place in the sun

My Place in the Sun, November 15: For All Things Give Thanks

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to raking leaves, apple cider, cozy sweaters, football, and our national holiday, Thanksgiving. In this age of instant gratification, information at our fingertips through social media, and the fast pace of life in general, I encourage you to take the time to…


Cesareo fears for church future if more action not taken on abuse

By Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops gave a standing ovation Nov. 13 to Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, for his report on the widening abuse crisis in the church and his calls for more action from them to address the abuse. Cesareo, board…


Pope Francis to visit Morocco in March

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will make a two-day apostolic visit to Morocco next year, the Vatican announced. Accepting an invitation by Moroccan King Mohammed VI, the pope will visit the cities of Rabat and Casablanca March 30-31, the Vatican said in…


Diocesan statement on Father James Smyka, OFM Conv.

  Editor’s note: The Diocese of Buffalo released Nov. 5 a second list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. Father James Smyka, OFM Conv., appears on that list. The Diocese of Syracuse issued the following statement Nov. 12:   A statement in regards to Father James Smyka,…


Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I’s end

By Richard Szczepanowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World…


Pope to scientists: Help protect health of planet and its people

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Scientists worldwide must serve humanity and the health of the planet, which means they must also propose viable solutions to problems and persuade government leaders and policymakers to implement them, Pope Francis said. Answers to many world problems exist, he…


Pope to journalists: Counter resignation, evil with ethics, passion

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Break through every “wall” of gloom and resignation and help the world realize people need to take care of one another because they are all part of one human family, Pope Francis told Catholic journalists. He also urged them to…


Book offers perspective on former nuncio’s claims, author says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The decision to appoint Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick to lead the Archdiocese of Washington and eventually to make him a cardinal went forward at the insistence of St. John Paul II’s inner circle despite reservations stemming from reports of…


Philadelphia Archdiocese sets up reparation fund for abuse victims

By Matthew Gambino Catholic News Service PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Acting on his promise to find new ways to support survivors of clerical sexual abuse, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Nov. 8 that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is creating a new reparations program open to anyone abused by clergy in the…