USCCB education secretary is used to thinking outside the box

Mary Pat Donoghue, the new education secretary at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, knows that Catholic schools have to be creative not just to compete, but sometimes to survive.
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Catholic parish of teen who escaped abduction credits power of prayer

"Our prayers have been answered and God is good," parishioner JoAnn Trowbridge told the local NBC affiliate, WEAU, after Jan. 13 Mass at St. Peter. She also said she thinks their prayers may have been answered because "God got sick of us nagging him."
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Archbishop Lori and other bishops describe retreat as profound, inspiring

Archbishop William E. Lori said the retreat was prayerful, serious and a moment to strengthen the bonds of unity and communion among the bishops.
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U.S. bishops take part in weeklong retreat about clergy sex abuse crisis

The U.S. Catholic bishops are taking part in a closed-door retreat Jan. 2-8 at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago to prayerfully consider ways to rebuild trust over the clergy sex abuse crisis.
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Vatican begins investigation of Archbishop McCarrick

James Grein, a Virginia man who said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, gave his testimony about what occurred Dec. 27 before a judicial vicar for the New York Archdiocese.
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Sister Wendy Beckett, art critic and British TV star, dies at age 88

WASHINGTON — Sister Wendy Beckett, who gained fame in the 1990s for television shows and books explaining art, died Dec. 26 in Norfolk, England, at the age of 88. She has been widely described as both an unlikely art critic and television star, but that may have been what made her all the more likeable....
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Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

Today, the Advent calendar runs the gamut from religious to political or sports themes and range from simple to expensive.
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Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to restore trust, bring about reform

At the start of the annual fall meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged the U.S. bishops to work hard together to restore trust and bring about church reform amid the current crisis in the church.
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Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

The latest death penalty case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was not about if a death-row prisoner should be executed, but how.
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Newspapers examine U.S. bishops’ responses to abuse allegations

The Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer newspapers teamed up for an article published in both daily papers Nov. 4 that examined ways it said the U.S. bishops have failed to police themselves even since their 2002 gathering in Dallas about clergy sex abuse when they "promised that the church's days of concealment and inaction...
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High court to consider if 40-foot-cross war memorial endorses religion

The Supreme Court announced Nov. 2 that it would hear oral arguments this term to consider if a 40-foot cross in Maryland endorses religion or is simply a secular memorial.
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