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Holy See, China reach accord on appointment of bishops

The Vatican has signed an agreement with China, giving the Beijing government a role in the appointment of new bishops. Although the terms of the accord were not made public, informed sources at...

Mongolia mourns its 1st bishop

Mongolia, a nation of 3.1 million, is 53% Buddhist and 3% Muslim, with 39% professing no faith. Following the end of the totalitarian Communist regime, Father Wenceslao Padilla, a Philippine priest, entered the nation as a missionary in 1992. In 2003, he was ordained a bishop.

Cardinal Ouellet deplores ‘blasphemous’ Viganò letter, confirms Vatican had urged McCarrick to undertake life of prayer and penance

Responding to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s most recent statement, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops said that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been “strongly advised not to travel and not to appear in public” and had been urged to undertake “a discreet style of life, of prayer and penance for his own good and that of the Church”—even if he was not the subject of canonical sanctions. Cardinal Ouellet added that Pope Francis received an “enormous quantity of verbal and written information” from all the Vatican diplomats he met on June 23, 2013, the day Archbishop Viganò said he warned the Pope about McCarrick.

Archbishop Viganò releases new ‘testimony’ responding to Pope’s silence on McCarrick cover-up

In this new document (full text), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò responds to the Pope’s refusal to answer the charge that he knew of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse, yet made McCarrick “one of his principal agents in governing the Church.”

Spanish bishop sees Pope as threat to Catholic doctrine

A Spanish bishop has voiced public criticism of Pope Francis, saying that under his leadership Catholicism is in danger of becoming “a Church without a doctrine.” Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pia made the remarks as he introduced a new book by the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the four cardinals who signed the dubia.

Major US Hispanic ministry gathering opens with papal message, prayers for abuse victims

Pope Francis sent a video message to the V National Encuentro, whose participants included 125 bishops and 3,200 Hispanic ministry leaders.

US bishops’ conference to focus on four dioceses in McCarrick investigation

The administrative committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will propose a lay-led investigation of four dioceses where former cardinal Theodore McCarrick served: New York,...

‘Overcome the scourge of clericalism,’ Pope says in Synod’s opening address

“We are a sign of a Church that listens and journeys,” Pope Francis emphasized as the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment began. The Pontiff expressed hope that the Synod will “plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness.”

Connecticut bishop, at Synod, discusses abuse crisis, need for beautiful, transcendent liturgy

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said that the sexual abuse of minors “is both a crime and a sin that has undermined the confidence and trust that young people must have in the Church’s leaders and the Church as an institution,” and that it needs to be addressed “so that they may again trust their priests and bishops to exercise true spiritual fatherhood, serve as adult figures in their lives, and as authentic mentors of faith.”

Pope Francis: Pray the Rosary daily in October for the protection of the Church from Satan

Pope Francis has invited “all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.” The Pope asked the faithful to conclude the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Sub tuum praesidium” (“We fly to thy patronage”) and with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.