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Vatican official traces foot-washing rite’s history, says it should not be given undue importance

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments commented on the Congregation’s new decree concerning the rite...

German investigator finds widespread abuse in Regensburg choir, once led by brother of retired Pope

A German lawyer charges that abuse was widespread in the Regensburg diocese, in boarding schools and in a children’s choir once led by Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of the retired Pope...

Michigan bishop inaugurates program to have chant at all parishes

Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the...

Abbey vandalized in Jerusalem

Anti-Christian statements such as “death to the heathen Christians, the enemies of Israel” were written in Hebrew on the doors and walls of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Greek...

Wisconsin bishop instructs pastors to move tabernacles to center of churches

Bishop Robert Morlino has directed all pastors in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, to move tabernacles to the center of their churches. Since taking the reins of the Madison diocese in 2003,...

Delaware judge: priest-penitent privilege may be unconstitutional

A Delaware superior court judge has questioned the constitutionality of a state law that protects the secrecy of sacramental confession. State law mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse...

Episcopal Church USA suspended from Anglican communion

The Protestant Episcopal Church in the US has been suspended from the worldwide Anglican communion. The primates of the Anglican world, meeting this week in Canterbury, England, voted to suspend...

Archbishop Nienstedt leaves Michigan parish after protests

Archbishop John Nienstedt has left the parish in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he had been working, because of opposition from some parishioners. Archbishop Nienstedt, who resigned last June from...

Lutheran delegation given Communion in St. Peter's basilica

A Lutheran delegation from Finland, which met with Pope Francis earlier this week, received Communion in St. Peter's basilica, although the priests celebrating Mass knew that the recipients were...

Pope strongly upholds Christian marriage as attainable ideal, rejects other forms of union

Christian marriage is not an ideal that only unusual couples can attain, Pope Francis said in a January 22 to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota; it is “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can...