Pope reassures foster kids, says life events can make adults ‘fragile’

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When people are unable to love or accept a child with problems or illness, many times it's because they are too weak themselves to be able to bear someone else's vulnerabilities, Pope Francis told a group of children and young people who are wards of the state.

"If I have a giant rock, I can't put it on top of a cardboard box because the rock will crush the box," he said, [...]

2018-02-20T11:52:00+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Catholic News|

February 2018 Conversations, Segment 2

Conversations is a monthly, 30-minute television show in which I participate in an ongoing conversation about the Archdiocese of Louisville, my involvement with the larger Church (both nationally and globally), and issues of faith in general. In the second segment from our February 2018 episode, I interview Sr. Jean Anne Zappa, OSU and Sr. Marie Hannah Seiler, O.P. in honor of the World Day for Consecrated Life, which is observed in February.

2018-02-19T13:44:21+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Archbishop's Blog|

U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26.

"We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers," the USCCB officials said in a joint statement Feb. 19.

"With the March 5th [...]

2018-02-19T12:28:00+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Catholic News|

Nuns withdraw from ministry in Mexican city wrought by violence

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By David Agren

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city after the parents and sister of one of the women religious were kidnapped and killed.

The Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where two priests were murdered Feb. 5, said in a statement that the nuns from the "Comunidad Guadalupana" (Guadalupe Community) had withdrawn because of a lack of security, leaving a school it operated in the city of Chilapa without staff.

Schools in Chilapa had suspended classes [...]

2018-02-16T12:22:00+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Catholic News|

Update: Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

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By Julie Asher

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- By day's end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

Late that afternoon, Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, issued an urgent alert to Catholics in his archdiocese to raise their voices "to support the 'Dreamers'" and contact their senators and representatives to vote [...]

2018-02-16T16:13:00+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Catholic News|

Update: Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

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MIAMI (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.

"With God's help, we can remain strong and resolute to resist evil in all its manifestations," the archbishop said in a statement. "May God heal the brokenhearted and comfort the sorrowing as we once [...]

2018-02-16T10:30:00+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Catholic News|

Updated: Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

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By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.

The meetings, which he said do not always become public knowledge, make it clear that the survivors' process of recovery "is very hard. They remain annihilated. Annihilated," the pope had told the Jesuits Jan. 19 in Lima.

The scandal of clerical sexual abuse shows not only the "fragility" of the Catholic Church, he said, "but [...]

2018-02-15T05:20:00+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Catholic News|

Workshop on immigration set for March 3

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer Immigrants, pastors, parish staff, people who work with immigrants and parishioners who want to be supportive of immigrants are...

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2018-02-16T14:21:02+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Archdiocesan News, immigration|

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

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By Cindy Wooden

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

"Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'" the pope said Feb. [...]

2018-02-14T11:35:00+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Catholic News|

February 2018 Conversations, Segment 1

Conversations is a monthly, 30-minute television show in which I participate in an ongoing conversation about the Archdiocese of Louisville, my involvement with the larger Church (both nationally and globally), and issues of faith in general. In the first segment from our February 2018 episode, Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds interviews me about my recommendations for Lenten reading and spiritual practices.

2018-02-14T09:24:18+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Archbishop's Blog|