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By Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A talk given to new bishops duringa Vatican-sponsored course does not represent new guidelines on the church'sresponse to abuse against minors by religious, a Vatican spokesman said. A 44-page report authored by French Msgr. Tony Anatrellaand just published by the Vatican publishing house "is not in any way --as someone erroneously interpreted -- a new Vatican document or a newinstruction or new guidelines for bishops," Jesuit Father FedericoLombardi said in a written statement released late Feb. 11.The talk was part of a conference of experts given inSeptember and was "published together with other (talks) on differentsubjects," Father Lombardi wrote.Msgr. Anatrella's talk addressed emotional maturity anddeviant behaviors in the priesthood as well as church procedures for dealingwith accusations of the abuse of children by clergy. The monsignor, a psychoanalyst and a consultant to thepontifical councils for the family and for health care ministr...
By Junno Arocho EstevesMEXICO CITY(CNS) -- With anticipation growing in the streets of Mexico City for PopeFrancis' visit, a group of local pilgrims found time to thank their "mother"and prayed that it would give their country a spiritual awakening.Finalpreparations were underway at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe Feb. 11 asworkers installed scaffolding and chairs for the thousands of people expectedto attend the papal Mass Feb. 13. Althoughcountless security measures have made traveling to the basilica difficult,before the pope's arrival, pilgrims from across the country continued to come to try to catch a glimpseand pray in front of the mantle bearing the miraculous image of Mary. A group oflocal farmers from the village of Nuestro Senor de las Maravillas were one of the countless groups waiting to enter the basilica'sHoly Door. Jose Gomez,one of the pilgrims in the group, explained that the pilgrimage was a traditioncarried out by the farmers of his village for more than h...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his condolences after a deadly riot in a Mexican prison that left dozens of people dead.In a telegram addressed to the Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said the Holy Father was “deeply saddened” by news of the incident, which occurred on the eve of the pontiff’s visit to the country.Pope Francis is offering prayers for the eternal rest of those who died in the violence, the Cardinal said. In addition, he assured the families of the victims of the Pope’s “heartfelt condolences and spiritual closeness,” together with his prayers for “a speedy and full recovery” for those who were injured.“With these sentiments,” the telegram concluded, “the Holy Father, while invoking the loving protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, imparts with affection the comforting Apostolic Blessing as a sign of consolation and hope in this time of sadne...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is set to arrive in Mexico on Friday, the third Pope to visit the country. Vatican Radio’s Veronica Scarisbrick is awaiting the Pope in Mexico. She sends us this report:Listen: When Pope Francis sets foot on Mexican soil, it will be a moment of great ‘alegria’ or joy for the Mexican people. And the bells of the Cathedral in Mexico City will be rung by 800 volunteers for two hours.I’m not sure if you ever get used to papal visits but Mexicans certainly have had their fair share of them, seven with that of Francis. But while he may be the third pope to visit after Saint John Paul II, who came here five times in the course of his pontificate, and Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus who came in 2012, for Mexicans he’s a pope with a difference.To start with he’s a ‘Latino’ like them, speaks the same language… although, as I discovered, four million Mexicans have yet to learn Spanish, for in some areas they ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has just arrived in the Cuban capital Havana where he will have an historic first meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill. The Patriarch arrived in Cuba yesterday at the start of a three nation tour of Orthodox communities in Latin America, while Pope Francis is on his way to Mexico City, where he’s scheduled to land at around 7.30 this evening local time.Cuban President Raul Castro was at Havana’s ‘José Martì’ International airport to meet the papal plane and to accompany Pope Francis to the room where the private encounter is taking place.The two Church leaders are due to meet together for about two hours, accompanied by their translators and their top ecumenical experts, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Metropolitan Hilarion, President of the Moscow Patriarch’s Department for External Church Relations.The Pope and the...
WASHINGTON-The Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, February 1, on behalf of USCCB, the Texas Catholic Conference and several Christian partners in support of a Texas law mandating health and safety standards protecting women who undergo abortions. Other groups joining the brief include the National Association of Evangelicals, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The case is Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, currently before the U.S. Supreme Court."There is ample evidence in this case that hospital admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical center requirements protect women's lives and health," said the brief. "When such requirements are not enforced, abuses detrimental to women's lives and health arise."The brief noted that some abortion clinics have decla...
 WASHINGTON-Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone "concerned about the tragedy of abortion" to recommit to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one" on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops."Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason - though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us," wrote Cardinal Dolan. "Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as 'pro-life,' a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.""Even as Americans rema...
Here's a couple of classic lines in most households that have more than one child, "How come she gets to go but I don't?"...
A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America....
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's main stock index dived Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in the U.S. and Europe....
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