VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments sent a letter to bishops around the world expressing concern about what it considers to be abuses of the sign of peace ritual.
(RNS) “Let us follow in the footsteps of Jesus when he said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,’” Jesuit leader Thomas H. Smolich admonished House members who graduated from Jesuit schools and colleges.
ROME (RNS) The 26-year-old and her family are expected to join Wani’s brother, Gabriel, and his wife and three children in Manchester, N.H., where they run the nonprofit organization South Sudan Community of New Hampshire.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Carlos Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse in a highly publicized lawsuit in Pennsylvania in 2002. He and another priest were suspended amid allegations they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory’s Academy.
(RNS) The leading advocacy group for people who have suffered clergy sexual abuse is wrestling with how to respond to a flood of inquiries from victims from other faiths and institutions, and how to push for changes beyond the familiar precincts of the Catholic Church.
CASERTA, Italy (RNS) “I am the shepherd of the Catholics and I ask you to forgive my Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil,” Pope Francis told an Italian Pentecostal pastor.
(RNS) “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday before delivering a homily at a Mass in Fargo, N.D.
ROME (RNS) “Now we will go to New Hampshire where my brother-in-law Gabriel lives. They will help us. We will be all together as a true family,” Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman said Pope Francis wanted Thursday’s meeting to be a “gesture of support for all those who suffer for their faith, or living in situations of difficulty or restraint.”