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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

By Greg Erlandson | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States. “I myself am filled with hope,” he said, “but I…


U.S. bishops tell pope abuse scandal ‘lacerated’ the church

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.” “He listened very deeply from the heart,” said a statement released after the…


Cardinal to meet with pope to discuss resignation

By Mark Zimmermann | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington has told the priests of the archdiocese that he will meet soon with Pope Francis to request that he accept the resignation the cardinal submitted three years ago when he turned 75. The cardinal said…


Anniversary of 9/11 marked with moments of silence, prayer, Masses

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Churchgoers around the United States once again marked the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with moments of silence, special prayer services, and Masses. In Brooklyn, New York, a Mass for fallen heroes was celebrated at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph Sept. 11….



Washington priests talk about keeping faith in wake of abuse scandals

By Mark Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Parish priests in the Archdiocese of Washington — on the front lines dealing with the fallout of the church sexual abuse crisis this summer — have stressed the need to listen to and pray with their parishioners. The archdiocese was hit…


American bishops respond to claims made in Archbishop Vigano’s letter

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Several American bishops responded quickly upon hearing of the charges leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, that church leaders — including Pope Francis — had been told years ago of the abuse…


Pope says he trusts people to judge archbishop’s claims about him

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM DUBLIN (CNS) — Pope Francis said Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s long document calling on him to resign is written in a way that people should be able to draw their own conclusions. “I read the statement this morning…


Former U.S. nuncio alleges broad cover-up of McCarrick’s misdeeds

Former U.S. nuncio alleges broad cover-up of McCarrick’s misdeeds By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A former apostolic nuncio to the United States accused church officials, including Pope Francis, of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by now-Archbishop Theodore E….