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Diocesan seminarian Nate Brooks ordained to transitional diaconate

By Katherine Long | Editor and Brendan Foley | Special correspondent BALTIMORE, Md. — Diocesan seminarian Nate Brooks was ordained to the transitional diaconate April 21 in a rite celebrated in the chapel of St. Mary’s Seminary and University. The ordination brings him a step further on his journey to…




‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St. Paul of…



Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno. The pope said he…


Door to door: Pope reaffirms missionaries’ mandate to knock on hearts

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a sign that God’s mercy cannot be limited, Pope Francis has recommissioned his special army of priests charged with bringing that divine mercy to everyone. Originally instituted in 2016 for the Year of Mercy, the “missionaries of mercy” were…


Repentant sinners need merciful confessors, not inquisitors, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Priests must give hope to men and women seeking forgiveness, encouraging them in their struggle away from the slippery slope of sin, Pope Francis said. Being merciful in the confessional helps penitents return to God without fear, even if…