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In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Francis X. Rocca / Catholic News Service — Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope’s official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds ... Read More »

Pope appoints Wisconsin bishop to head statewide Diocese of Boise

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Catholic News Service — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael P. Driscoll of Boise, Idaho, and appointed Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, Wisconsin, to succeed him.

Bishop Driscoll, who has headed the statewide diocese since 1999, is 75, the age at which bishops are ... Read More »

‘Tale of two synods’ emerged from Vatican, says USCCB president

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Mark Pattison/Catholic News Service — October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was just one event, but “a tale of two synods” emerged from it, according to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking to reporters Nov. 10 after the morning session of the USCCB’s ... Read More »

Liturgical items top agenda at USCCB general meeting in Baltimore

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Mark Pattison / Catholic News Service — Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.

There will be five liturgical items up for consideration. All ... Read More »

Texas nurse released from NIH, thanks God and doctors for recovery

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Catholic News Service — Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who was the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States, thanked God, her family and her medical team for her recovery Oct. 24.

Pham held a news conference in Bethesda after she was ... Read More »

Hundreds flock to US shrine to celebrate first feast of St John Paul II

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Adelaide Mena/Catholic News Agency/EWTN News — Hundreds of pilgrims and faithful from all states of life flocked to the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to celebrate the late pope and recently canonized saint’s first universal feast day.

“To be able to celebrate in the ... Read More »

Pope Francis’ closing synod speech received with standing ovation

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Association/EWTN News — Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was met with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting.

In the Oct. 18 speech, the pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, ... Read More »

Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Francis X. Rocca / Catholic News Service — The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it ... Read More »

Don’t expect ‘sound bite solutions’ from synod, US cardinal says

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Elise Harris / Catholic News Agency-EWTN News — While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

“I think one of ... Read More »

Father Groeschel, beloved author, retreat master and preacher, dies

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Catholic News Service — Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph’s Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John Paul Ouellette, who is also a Franciscan friar and the order’s community servant. CNS photo/Gregory A. ShemitzFather Benedict J. Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a leading pro-life figure, is pictured in a 2008 photo. He died Oct. 3 at age 81 after a long ... Read More »