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Black clergy, religious women soak up Baltimore history at joint conference

The gathering began with a Mass honoring jubilarians at Historic St. Francis Xavier, the first Black Catholic church in the United States.
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Bishop Brennan prepares to address issues in West Virginia

Bishop Mark E. Brennan, named by Pope Francis July 23 as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., acknowledged that he will face difficulties in his new post. The diocese encompasses the whole state of West Virginia, home to some of the poorest people in the country and an epicenter for the opioid...
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Bishop Brennan named to lead Wheeling-Charleston diocese

Pope Francis named Bishop Mark E. Brennan as bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, which encompasses the state of West Virginia. The July 23 announcement was publicized in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. He will become the ninth bishop of the diocese, which had been the Diocese of...
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Audit firm, other financial controls announced for West Virginia diocese

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has selected a new external auditor as part of the progress that has been made since Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield as head of the diocese in September 2018.
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Forensic experts to study ‘thousands of bones’ found in Vatican ossuaries

During a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, workers discovered an enormous number of bones inside two ossuaries in a building next to a Vatican cemetery.
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Pope issues sanctions against former West Virginia bishop

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced July 19 sanctions from the Vatican -- including taking away the faculties of celebrating Mass -- against a former West Virginia bishop who stepped down last year under a cloud of allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.
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Northern Irish bishops accuse Britain of hijacking bill to allow abortion 

Abortion and same-sex marriage will be made legal in Northern Ireland unless self-government in the province is restored within three months.
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Being curator of meteorites allows Jesuit to ‘find God’ in all things

At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory -- formally founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII -- allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, "find God in all things."
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Catholics put focus on immigrant children with rally, civil disobedience 

Many of the speakers were women religious who stressed the need to end the current practice of placing children in detention centers at the border.
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Report gives snapshot of efforts to protect religious freedom around globe

In conjunction with the U.S. State Department's Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, the Religious Freedom Institute presented a side event July 15 to discuss current international religious freedom policy.
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Movie Review: ‘The Lion King’

Advances in moviemaking technology allow a story that could only previously be told as a cartoon to be enacted, so to speak, by animals. And so we get "The Lion King" (Disney).
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Justice Stevens changed death penalty views during three decades on court

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the court for nearly 35 years, died July 16 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 99 after suffering complications from a stroke the previous day.
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