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Priests must understand own weaknesses to really help flock, says bishop

By Peter Finney Jr. Catholic News Service NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago in the 1990s when then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was falsely accused of sexually abusing a minor seminarian during his previous tenure as archbishop of Cincinnati. The…


Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck. Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will…


Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said. “Those who come…


‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees “with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace,” Pope Francis said, launching the “Share the Journey” campaign of Catholic charities around the world. Christians’ embrace of people fleeing…


Message of Fatima as important today as 100 years ago, says bishop

By Julie Asher Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Our Lady of Fatima’s message about prayer, conversion and peace that she imparted to three shepherd children in a field in Portugal “is as important now as it has ever been since” she appeared a century ago, a Connecticut bishop told…


SNAP founder and longtime president Blaine dies at 61

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Barbara Blaine, who founded the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests and served as its president until last February, died Sept. 24 in St. George, Utah. She was 61. Blaine, who grew up in Toledo, Ohio, was herself a victim…


Catholic groups decry end of special immigration status for Sudan

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In mid-September, the Trump administration announced the end of a special immigration status for nationals from the Northern African nation of Sudan, prompting outcry from Catholic groups who say they worry about the conditions the migrants will face upon their return….



Group issues what it calls ‘filial correction’ of pope’s teaching

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Several dozen priests, scholars and writers have published what they described as a “filial correction” of some of Pope Francis’ teachings about marriage — particularly about access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The best-known name…