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St. John Paul II still challenges Catholics to be holy, pope says

By Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The teachings, life and holiness of St. John Paul II can help guide and protect people on their daily journey toward Christ, Pope Francis said. Greeting Polish pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Krakow, which Pope John Paul led from…



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Former coach arrested on child pornography charges

  A man who coached track and cross-country athletes at local schools, including Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse, has been arrested on child pornography charges. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick announced the arrest at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.   The man, Martin Nicholson, 31, has been…


McCarrick case: Vatican starting to acknowledge mistakes

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, Cardinal Marc Ouellet and an official Vatican statement seem to be laying the groundwork for an admission that mistakes were made in handling allegations that Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick engaged in sexual misconduct and even abuse. But…


Cardinal Ouellet responds to Archbishop Vigano on McCarrick case

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington had been told by Vatican officials to withdraw from public life because of rumors about his sexual misconduct, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. However, because they were…


Vatican reviewing McCarrick case, vows to pursue truth no matter what

By Junno Arocho Esteves | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promising a thorough review of how the Vatican handled allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the Vatican acknowledged that what happened may fall short of the procedures that are in place today. “The Holy…


Prof who called for senators’ ‘miserable death’ to take leave

By Julie Asher | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Georgetown University associate professor’s tweets that white Republican men should die a “miserable death” for supporting Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court is more than just about free speech, said the head of Students for Life of…



Bishops say young people need to be heard, not arrogantly lectured

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to communicate the beauty and intelligence of faith to young men and women without resorting to condescending and aggressive methods, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles told members of the Synod of Bishops. A…