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In message to Iraqi refugees, pope condemns world’s silence

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world continues to be silent in the face of widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, Pope Francis said. One year after Islamic State militants drove thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis out of the country, Pope Francis prayed that people around the world…


Catholic headlines for August 5, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried “are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” Pope Francis said today at his general audience.


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Post-Chapter 11, ‘our focus is on mission,’ Milwaukee archbishop says

MILWAUKEE (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is “turning a page on a chapter in our history — a terrible part of the history,” Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki said Aug. 3. Now, we must continue doing the charitable, educational and spiritual work of the archdiocese. Our complete focus is on mission,…


Archbishop Wenski welcomes final Clean Power Plan rules

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development welcomed the White House’s Clean Power Plan that establishes federal limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami called the standard “an important step forward to protect the…


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Milwaukee Archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with abuse survivors

MILWAUKEE (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached a $21 million settlement with abuse survivors, according to an Aug. 4 announcement. The settlement is part of an agreement on a reorganization plan reached by the archdiocese and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which has sought compensation for victims/survivors…


Divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried “are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” Pope Francis said. Resuming his Wednesday general audiences Aug. 5 after a month’s break, Pope Francis…


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Catholic headlines for August 4, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • A Senate bill to withhold funding from Planned Parenthood failed to pass last night. • From Crux: Milwaukee archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with victims of clergy sexual abuse • The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes…




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Ethical issues arise from California center’s ‘undercover’ videos

OXNARD, Calif. (CNS) — The use of “undercover” reporting tactics by a California pro-life group in an attempt to expose suspected illegal actions by Planned Parenthood doctors pertaining solicitation of funds for the acquisition of fetal tissue has stirred discussion and debate. In recent weeks, the California-based Center for Medical…