Pope keeps German archbishop criticized over abuse scandal

Pope Francis has decided to leave in office a prominent German archbishop who has faced criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal, but the cleric has decided to take a several-month time out, his archdiocese said Friday.The Vatican said that the pope “is counting on” the archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archdiocese said in a statement. However, it added that Woelki asked for a “spiritual time out” from mid-October to the beginning of March, and that the pontiff granted it. The aim is “to be able to think and to open space...
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Synodal process looks to hear from voices on the margins of the Church

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics both in the mainstream of church life and on the margins to voice their dreams, ideas and concerns in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023. The process launches Oct. 17 in parishes and Dioceses worldwide. The pope is scheduled to formally open the...
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Luis Gerardo Méndez Teases Lots Of Secrets Ahead On ViacomCBS’ ‘The Envoys’ – Deadline New Tube

Secrets abound in the upcoming Paramount+ Original The Envoys, from Juan José Campanella for ViacomCBS International. The Spanish-language drama stars Luis Gerardo Méndez and Miguel Angel Silvestre as priests who are part of an elite force led by the Vatican and exclusively dedicated to corroborating the veracity of miracles. “I think it’s a really interesting show because of the mastermind behind it, Juan José Campanella, who is incredible,” Méndez, who plays Pedro Salinas, a priest and medical expert, told Deadline during the series’ panel at Deadline’s New Tube event. “He’s an Oscar-winning director from Argentina and he’s incredibly talented. This series really...

Pope decides to retain Cardinal criticised over handling of sex abuse

Pope Francis has decided to retain a prominent German archbishop who was criticised over his handling of the church’s sexual abuse scandal, despite what the Vatican have deemed to be “major errors” of communication.Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, the archbishop of Cologne will be reinstated in March, after a months-long “spiritual timeout”.In a statement, the pope said that while he is counting on the Cardinal, “it is clear that the archbishop and the archdiocese need time for a pause, renewal and reconciliation”. The pope therefore granted the Cardinal’s request for a break. beginning in mid-October and lasting until March 2022.The Cardinal...

The Season of Creation ... a time for action

The Season of Creation, which began Sept. 1 and lasts through the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 4, has always been a time for prayer, reflection and thanksgiving, a time to open our eyes and see the beauty of God’s creation. But this year our prayers are meant to spur action — concerted, global, political action.

Former pastors help the parish that welcomed them celebrate 150

BURLINGTON — Mike Skillman’s grandfather Albert was surely smiling down on the Catholics gathered at St. Francis Xavier Church here on Sept. 12. At the Mass and dinner held in celebration of the parish’s 150th anniversary, Skillman retold a story he heard as a child about his grandfather. “My Grandfather...

5 Meaningful items to help celebrate your child’s feast day

Liturgical living was once the norm for the universal Church, but for a long time, it fell by the wayside. It’s making a comeback in recent years, however, as Catholics around the world rediscover the beautiful rhythm of living according to the Church year. One staple of liturgical living is...

The Vatican Is Home To This One Of A Kind ATM

Living and working in Vatican City is a lifelong goal for many of the world's Catholic officials. Getting an appointment at the Holy See means you've achieved your chance to take part in the inner workings of the 2,000-year-old institution that governs the spiritual lives of the hundreds of millions of Catholics across the world.

Catholic prayer before fasting from food

Catholics often fast and abstain from certain foods during Lent, but also throughout the year, such as on Fridays every week. While fasting from food can have some physical benefits, it is meant to remind us of the need to “fast from sin.”. Here is a Collect from Ember Wednesday,...

Deaf ministry office takes ASL Youth Catechism to video

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — If a picture is worth a thousand words, how precious must a multimedia version of a valuable Catholic resource be to the deaf and hard of hearing community?. That resource — the Youth Catechism (YouCat) — is now available in the form of videos, translated into...

Bridge over troubled waters: Papal trip tests limits of being a 'pontifex'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On paper, Pope Francis' apostolic visit to Hungary and Slovakia was pretty standard as papal trips go: outdoor Masses, meeting with dignitaries, visiting poor and marginalized populations and of course, answering questions from journalists aboard the papal flight. Nevertheless, issues such as vaccine skepticism, migration, same-sex...

Catholics should debate issues, not debase each other, cardinal says

ROME (CNS) — Honest and open debate about different points of view in the Catholic Church are fundamental, but Catholics should not be demonizing the individuals with those views, Cardinal George Pell said. Asked about the different polarized positions among Catholics that can be found online, he said that many...