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In letter to Cardinal Sarah, pope clarifies new translation norms

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican is not to “impose” a specific liturgical translation on bishops’ conferences, but rather is called to recognize the bishops’ authority and expertise in determining the best way to faithfully translate Latin texts into their local languages, Pope Francis…



Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended. The U.S. government will consider in early…


Protesters arrested for blocking pipeline work through nuns’ property

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nearly two dozen people, including a juvenile, were arrested as they blocked workers from starting construction of a short leg of a natural gas pipeline on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania. Singing…


Catholic group will accept Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join

By Catholic News Service IRVING, Texas (CNS) — The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls. “We were informed this…


Planned giving called ‘key part’ of future of parishes, schools, ministry

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Colleges, hospitals and universities “are well-established” in the area of planned giving, but such programs are just as applicable to Catholic parishes, schools, dioceses and many other institutions, said one of the organizers of an upcoming national seminar in Los Angeles. “It…


Silver anniversary: Making the catechism shine in the 21st century

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the church marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promoting it as a means of teaching the truth about faith remains a challenge and a priority. Since its publication in 1992,…


Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

By Matthew Fowler Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative. The papal Twitter accounts, in nine different languages, have grown by over 9…


After public procession, bishop consecrates Jackson Diocese to Mary

By Maureen Smith Catholic News Service JACKSON, Miss. (CNS) — In a state where the Catholic population hovers at 3 percent, a Mississippi bishop in a very public way made the community aware that he was consecrating the Diocese of Jackson to Mary. Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz led a procession…


Building culture of life happens through daily actions, says cardinal

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Building a culture of life is “essential to who we are” and it “happens through our daily actions, how we treat one another and how we live our lives,” said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities….