Monthly Archives: December 2009

‘Outrage, betrayal and shame’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican issued a statement following Pope Benedict XVI’s 90-minute meeting today with Vatican officials and Irish church leaders, saying the pope shared the “sense of outrage, betrayal and shame” felt by Irish Catholics over decades of … Continue reading

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Text of Irish bishops’ statement on sex abuse scandal

In the light of a report highly critical of the way Catholic leaders in Dublin handled sex abuse claims, members of the Irish bishops’ conference suspended all regular business at their winter general meeting yesterday in Maynooth to discuss the … Continue reading

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Catholic Charities USA seeks better US disaster response

Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, wants the federal government to do a better job of making sure people displaced by natural disasters get their lives back to normal. Testifying Dec. 2 to the Senate Ad Hoc Subcommittee … Continue reading

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Papal ‘midnight’ Mass to begin at 10 p.m.

VATICAN CITY — As we mentioned in a story last week, Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas midnight Mass will end at midnight rather than begin at that hour. The Vatican listed the 10 p.m. start time for the Dec. 24 Mass for … Continue reading

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The secret lives of Westminster religious

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service LONDON — To mark the Year for Priests, the Archdiocese of Westminster, which covers most of London north of the River Thames, is selling a 2010 calendar featuring photos of an archbishop, a sister … Continue reading

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Catholic poet has first book published at age 93

For more than a decade, Dorothy M. Colgan has written poetic reflections featured in a column titled “My Journey to God” in The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. At age 93, she has had her first  book of poetry published. … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Investing in ourselves with purpose

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Every year Advent seems to catch us off guard.  As the weeks pass from one to four, we come out of the darkness into the marvelous light of awareness, so appropriately … Continue reading

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