People-to-people diplomacy suggested to ease U.S.-Iran tensions

Steps to open avenues for people-to-people diplomacy would go a long way to tamp down tensions between the United States and Iran, said a U.N. representative of Pax Christi International.
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Magistrate denies motion to dismiss charges against Baltimorean and other plowshares activists

A federal magistrate judge denied motions from seven longtime Catholic peacemakers, including a Baltimore woman, to have charges dismissed on religious freedom grounds in connection with their April 2018 protest at an East Coast submarine base.
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Brother priests who became military chaplains reunited in burial ceremony

Amid the pomp and ceremony that marks a military burial, Father Francis Brett was reunited after more than 50 years with his younger priest brother at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers aboard Ethiopian jet that crashed

“I was saddened to learn of the deaths of four employees of Catholic Relief Services who were among the 157 people killed in Sunday’s tragic plane crash in Ethiopia," Archbishop Lori said. "They devoted their lives to the service of others. May God embrace all who lost their lives and may God give consolation to...
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Woman who once assisted with abortions to address March for Life Jan. 18

Abby Johnson, who early in her career assisted in carrying out abortions, will be among the speakers during the 2019 March for Life rally Jan. 18 on the National Mall in Washington.
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Opus Dei settles sexual misconduct claim against prominent U.S. priest

Opus Dei, a well-known international Catholic organization, paid $977,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim in 2005 against a one-time high-profile priest in the nation's capital.
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Pennsylvania priest sent to prison after guilty plea in abuse case

A priest who once served in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to prison for sexually molesting a boy in the 1990s.
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Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis.
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Victim assistance coordinators comfort in a behind-the-scenes ministry

Whether the call is from someone who is angry, embarrassed, unsure of what to do or needs a friendly ear, diocesan and eparchial victim assistance coordinators are the face of the church's response to victims of sexual abuse by a church worker -- clergy or otherwise.
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Restaurant’s culinary program helps former inmates achieve success

Edwins -- short for education wins -- is a venture of Brandon Chrostowski, 38, a no-nonsense, hard-driving entrepreneur who saw a need to help people released from prison. He envisions eventually that Edwins will host the country's best culinary school and provide well-trained chefs and servers to the city's burgeoning local food scene.
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‘Humanae Vitae’ said rooted in respect church has for human dignity

Fifty years ago, an encyclical was released affirming a long-held teaching of the Catholic Church, yet it became one of the most controversial encyclicals in recent church history.
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At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions’ asylum decision

The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States.
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