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  • Congo's church urges contributions from multinationals for development

    KINSHASA, Congo (CNS) -- Foreign companies working in mineral-rich Congo ought to contribute part of their profits to local development programs, said an official of the country's Catholic bishops' conference.

  • New Orleans' women religious donate 25 acres for flood control project

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- In topographically challenged New Orleans, where "running water" can be a pejorative depending on whether it is flowing inside or outside the house, a long-promised, 25-acre stormwater management and flood control project called the Mirabeau Water Garden will be a welcome sight.

  • U.S. women religious urged to think globally even as they work locally

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CNS) -- Throughout the Bible, God's people keep being forced into the desert, where resources are few, the way is long and the dangers are many. But the desert, Sister Pat Murray told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Aug. 14, is where God works wonders.

  • Catholic leaders, dioceses unite in prayer after El Paso shooting

    WASHINGTON – The Catholic dioceses of El Paso, Texas, and neighboring Las Cruces, New Mexico, have joined in prayer after an Aug. 3 mass shooting in a mall left several dead and many injured.

    "Our prayers are with our neighboring city of El Paso and everyone affected by the active shooter situation near Cielo Vista and Walmart," tweeted the Diocese of Las Cruces the afternoon of Aug. 3. "We ask our Las Cruces community to unite in prayer at this difficult time."

    The two cities are less than 50 miles from one another.

  • VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis's sixth foreign trip of 2019 will take him to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Sept. 4-10, the Vatican announced.

  • Updates on measures to address clergy sexual abuse crisis

    As the Diocese of Trenton, the Dioceses of New Jersey and the Church around the world work to address the crisis involving the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, The Monitor will keep readers updated by posting news and information in this space.

  • Catholic leaders object to reinstatement of federal death penalty

    WASHINGTON – The July 25 announcement by the Justice Department that it is reinstating the federal death penalty for the first time in 16 years was unwelcome news for Catholic leaders who have advocated against capital punishment.

  • Forensic experts to study Vatican ossuaries

    VATICAN CITY • During a search for the remains of a young Italian woman missing for more than 30 years, workers discovered an enormous number of bones inside two ossuaries in a building next to a Vatican cemetery.

  • With miracle confirmed in Sheen cause, plans for beatification can begin
    PEORIA, Ill. – With “overwhelming joy,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria announced July 6 that Pope Francis had approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
  • Legislation on Seal of Confession withdrawn before key California hearing
    LOS ANGELES – In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental Seal of Confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state's Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country.

The Diocese of Trenton is committed to the initiatives outlined in the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in regard to the reporting and investigation of sexual abuse allegations involving minors.

If you have been sexually abused as a minor by a member of the clergy or anyone representing the Catholic Church, or if you know of someone who was, you can report that abuse through the diocesan Abuse Hotline.

To report the sexual abuse of minors call our hotline 1-888-296-2965 or email us at

Please note: The Diocese of Trenton reports any allegations of sexual abuse to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Anyone with an allegation is also encouraged to provide that information to local law enforcement authorities.