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Bishops’ actions at spring meeting called a ‘work in progress’

The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
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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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Cardinal DiNardo calls bishops to be trustworthy like Barnabas

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo focused on the feast of St. Barnabas in his homily June 11 during a Mass at the end of the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' spring meeting.
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Bishops to consider 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God."
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Archbishop Lori addresses preliminary report on Bishop Michael Bransfield

Archbishop William E. Lori addresses the release of a preliminary report following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and financial improprieties against Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, former bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va.
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Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

"St. John Nepomucene is a symbol of what all priests know and that is the seal of confession is absolute and the privilege between priest is penitent must be absolute," said Father Richard D. Baker
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Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, pope says

The memory and witness of Romania's martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and religious traditions, Pope Francis said.
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Seventy-five years ago, Mercy Ridge resident flew combat missions over D-Day

On two wings and a multitude of prayers, Bernie Sledzik flew over the largest amphibious invasion in history.
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Catholics, Orthodox must unite against ‘culture of hate,’ pope says

In an increasingly globalized world where technological and economic developments have both benefited and excluded many, the Catholic and Orthodox churches must learn to listen to each other and walk together, Pope Francis said.
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Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.
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Pope discusses deaconesses, need for nuns to be servants not ‘maids’

Pope Francis told the heads of women's religious orders from around the world they need to send sisters on assignments that truly serve the church and those in need, and not agree to requests for "maids."
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Pope issues new norms on mandatory abuse reporting, bishop accountability

Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
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