Rural-urban convenings suggested to address plague of gun violence

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said Catholic clergy and lay leaders can play a role in bringing together people along the rural-urban divide to build understanding of the need for sensible policies that can end the scourge of gun violence.
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Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., is seen in this 2012 file photo.

Catholic bishops conference disinvites Bransfield from fall assembly

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in consultation with the members of the USCCB Administrative Committee, has taken the highly unusual step of disinviting a fellow bishop from the conference's fall general assembly.
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Catholics can offer calming voice in a time of fiery political debates

Catholics -- clergy, religious and laypeople in the pews -- can utilize the values of their faith to overcome the increasing fiery rhetoric emerging because of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions, several Catholic observers said.
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New Pax Christi leaders believe nonviolence education can change world

Pax Christi International has two new co-presidents and while they hail from different continents, they share the view that rampant violence is posing ever-growing danger to the world.
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Military archbishop joins pope in calling for talks to resolve U.S.-Iran tensions

Amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on President Donald Trump's administration to seek "sustained dialogue ... to de-escalate the current situation that is a danger to both the region and the world."
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Bishops approve third-party reporting system; to be in place by May 31

A nationwide third-party system for receiving confidential reports of "certain complaints" against bishops took a step closer to being implemented during the spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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Laity not playing ‘gotcha’ with bishops on abuse, review board chair says

The path to rebuilding the U.S. church's credibility as it emerges from the lingering clergy sexual abuse scandal rests in embracing the role of laypeople as important collaborators, said the chairman of the National Review Board.
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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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