Archbishop cooperates with investigation over ‘touching’ charge

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 17, 2013 / 07:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago. In a Dec. 17 letter, the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks were inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese. “True, I am a … [Read more...]

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Pope appoints, confirms members of bishops’ congregation

Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:32 pm (CNA).- On Dec. 16 Pope Francis made appointments at the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010. He also appointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., as a member of the congregation. Cardinal Wuerl currently serves on several pontifical councils, as well as committees of U.S. bishops. He also served as relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New … [Read more...]

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NY judge orders first permanent block against HHS mandate

New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major victory. “There is no way that a court can, or should, determine that a coerced violation of conscience is of insufficient quantum to merit constitutional protection,” wrote Judge Brian Cogan of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn in a Dec. … [Read more...]

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Green Bay priest appointed bishop of Marquette, Mich.

Marquette, Mich., Dec 17, 2013 / 12:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Father John F. Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay as the next bishop of Marquette, Mich. Bishop-designate Doerfler, who has cross-country skied in the area before, said he was first attracted to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by “its natural beauty.” “I now have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the people of faith in this diocese,” he said Dec. 17. Bishop David L. … [Read more...]

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Minn. archbishop grieves, issues apology over clergy sex abuse

Minneapolis, Minn., Dec 17, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt has apologized for sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis, urging Catholics to be hopeful that continued progress will be made in preventing the crimes. “The negative news reports about past incidents of clerical sexual abuse in this local Church have rightly been met with shame, embarrassment and outrage that such heinous acts could be perpetrated by men who had taken priestly vows as … [Read more...]

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Wife of imprisoned pastor says faith helps her persevere

Washington D.C., Dec 16, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran is relying on her faith as she speaks out to ask for prayers and concrete aid in helping secure the return of her husband to the United States. Over the past 15 months, Naghmeh Abedini said she has been surprised at “how much I can endure through my relationship with Christ and my belief as a Christian.” Just over a year ago, she told CNA, “I didn't believe … [Read more...]

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New devotional app delivers Christian content to any device

Denver, Colo., Dec 15, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA).- A new multi-device content delivery system has been hailed as a “game-changer” for the way Christians receive devotional materials to help grow their faith. “The amount of Christian content available through iDisciple is unparalleled,” said Mike Kendrick, president and CEO of iDisciple. “But even though iDisciple is so robust, the user experience is simple and straightforward. When people dive into the app, … [Read more...]

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