Francis names a Franciscan for Lexington — and one involved in deacon formation

He’s also relatively young, 48. The press release: Today, at 12-noon Rome time (7 a.m. EDT) Pope Francis appointed Conventual Franciscan Father John Stowe as the Third Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington. A press conference will be held at The Catholic Center, 1310 W. Main St. in Lexington at 10 a.m., Thursday, March [Read More...]

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New York’s Cardinal Edward Egan dies at 82

From The New York Times:  Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and a priesthood of dwindling, aging ranks shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 82. Joseph [Read More...]

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SF teachers sign petition protesting archbishop’s morality clauses

From the AP: Teachers and staff from four Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are urging their archbishop to remove morality clauses from the faculty handbook. Teacher Jim Jordan said Tuesday a petition with 355 signatures of teachers and staff will be delivered to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone by union representatives. Jordan is [Read More...]

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Bishop calls for month of prayer for persecuted Christians

The following letter was issued by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence this morning: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. . . . If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it.” [Read More...]

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VIDEO: Cardinal Burke discusses his new role

Check this out, from the good people at CNS: a new video wherein Cardinal Raymond Burke discusses his work with the Knights of Malta, the Synod, and various writing projects he’s undertaking. Photo via Wikipedia  [Read more...]

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Report: SF archbishop reassessing morals code for teachers

From The San Francisco Chronicle:  Under pressure from parents, students and staffers at the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese’s schools, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said Tuesday that he is reexamining strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception and other “evil” behavior. Cordileone also said he is dropping an [Read More...]

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Manila’s Cardinal Tagle grants dispensation for fasting, abstinence on Ash Wednesday

Details:  As the eve of the Lunar New Year coincides with Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Manila allowed certain members of its faithful to be exempted from the holy obligation of fasting and abstinence at the start of the Lenten season. “We grant dispensation from the obligation of fasting and abstinence to our Chinese-Filipino and [Read More...]

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Bishop vows to remain in Tripoli with his flock

From Vatican Radio:  The leader of the Catholic church in Libya is calling for dialogue and understanding in his violence wrought country. Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, has vowed to stay in Libya with the few remaining Christians, witnesses of Jesus’s message of love. Speaking in Italian to Vatican radio as the [Read More...]

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Questions surround fate of imprisoned Chinese bishop

From The New York Times:  For the better part of the last 60 years, Bishop Cosma Shi Enxiang was imprisoned in Chinese jails and labor camps. For the last 14, he was held without charge in a secret location. His offense: refusing to renounce his loyalty to the Roman Catholic Church, which ordained him in 1947. [Read More...]

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After desecrations, bishop orders all tabernacles in his diocese to be emptied

Details:  In response to the desecration of ten parishes since October, including five on February 6-7, the bishop of Bellay-Ars has ordered the Blessed Sacrament removed from the tabernacles of all parish churches and chapels. The Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Pascal Roland decreed, must be kept in a more secure location, and tabernacle doors must be [Read More...]

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