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The Church's response to reports of sexual abuse of minors, young people
In the wake of child sexual abuse reports out of Pennsylvania, and in regard to the conduct of then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly of the Archdiocese of Washington, The Monitor is committed to sharing with our readers news and developments as the Church works to address these concerns.  We will post links to all new reports in this space to give our readers more direct access to this content. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Vatican publishes Pope's Christmas schedule
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has a full schedule of Christmastime liturgies planned for December and January, including the customary baptism of newborn babies Jan. 13, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. More ...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Marking feast day, Pope asks Mary's care of families seeking refuge

ROME – In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018
Diocese of Paterson mourns death of Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer
Bishop Emeritus Frank J. Rodimer, who led the Diocese of Paterson from 1978 until his retirement in 2004, died Dec. 6 at the age of 91.

The announcement was made by Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, current Bishop of Paterson, who expressed “great sadness” and called upon his flock to remember Bishop Rodimer and all who were close to him in their prayers.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., shared this message upon learning about Bishop Rodimer’s death:  "On behalf of the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Trenton, I express both our sadness at the passing of Bishop Emeritus Frank Rodimer, sixth bishop and native son of the Diocese of Paterson, and our joyful gratitude for his many years of priestly ministry in the Church.  May God continue to bless the Diocese of Paterson and may Bishop Rodimer rest in the Lord's peace."
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Friday, December 7, 2018
Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush. More ...
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Pope's World Youth Day itinerary in Panama released
VATICAN CITY – When Pope Francis visits Panama for World Youth Day in January, he will meet with young people not able to attend the festivities: some in jail and with some living with HIV. More ...
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Lumen Christi Award winner has spent life as a religious serving poor
CHICAGO – Sister Marie-Paule Willem, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, who has been serving the poor in the U.S. and around the world for more than 60 years, will receive the 2018-2019 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. More ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Simple Christians: Ordinary Trappist martyrs gave extraordinary witness
VATICAN CITY  – After Islamic terrorists stormed the Algerian monastery he called home, Trappist Father Christian de Cherge felt compelled to put pen to paper and write down his testament. More ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Algerian martyrs to be beatified Dec. 8
VATICAN CITY – The beatification of 19 martyrs of Algeria, including the seven Trappist monks of Tibhirine, will be celebrated Dec. 8 in Oran, Algeria, the country's bishops announced.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, will preside over the Mass and beatification rite for the six women and 13 men who gave their lives "for the least, the sick and the men, women and young people of Algeria," said a statement published by the bishops Sept. 13.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
On feast day Mass, Bishop O'Connell reflects on listening to voice of Mary

“Do whatever he tells you.”

As he reflected on the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana during the Mass celebrating the Feast of the Miraculous Medal, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., urged the hundreds of people seated before him to take the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary to heart.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
A statement from Bishop O'Connell on the NJ dioceses' plan to establish a victims' program, publish names of credibly accused clergy
Since the establishment of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2002 (revised in 2005, 2011 and 2018) and its accompanying Essential Norms, dioceses across the country — including the Diocese of Trenton — have committed themselves to the eradication of the sexual abuse of minors in the Church and its institutions and agencies. 

In addition, the dioceses of New Jersey entered into an agreement with the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey and the prosecutors of every county — known as the Memorandum of Understanding — to report every single instance of the alleged sexual abuse of minors in the Church to their offices. 

Following the review and response of prosecutors, Diocesan Review Boards, composed predominantly of lay professionals, make determinations of credibility to present to the bishop who, in turn, takes immediate, appropriate actions in accord with the Charter and Essential Norms and Canon Law.
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Monday, November 19, 2018
New Jersey dioceses to establish victim compensation and counseling program
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, announced today that the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Trenton, Paterson and Metuchen are committed to the establishment of a Victim Compensation and Counseling Program. The details and mechanics of this Program will be finalized after consultation with – and input from – all stakeholders, and will be released when they are available. More ...
Monday, November 19, 2018
Bishop O'Connell affirms plan by NJ dioceses to establish a victims' program, release names of credibly accused clergy
Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., issued a statement memorializing the Diocese of Trenton’s commitment to the plans announced Nov. 19 that all five New Jersey dioceses will establish a Victims’ Compensation and Counseling Program and will publish the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. More ...
Monday, November 19, 2018
Pope makes surprise visit to mobile clinic in St. Peter's Square
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a mobile health care facility set up in St. Peter's Square to serve the city's homeless and poor.



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Sunday, November 18, 2018
Bishops give go-ahead to Sister Thea Bowman sainthood effort

The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral letter against racism
BALTIMORE • The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.

The document, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” passed 241-3 with one abstention. It required a two-thirds vote by all bishops, or 183 votes, for passage.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Bishops' abuse response must trump all other issues, advisers say

BALTIMORE • A group that has been advising the U.S. bishops for 50 years on multiple issues chose to speak to the bishops in Baltimore Nov. 13 on just one issue: the clergy sexual abuse crisis itself and ways to move forward from it.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Vote on proposed abuse protocols put on hold during U.S. bishops meeting
BALTIMORE – What was not voted on by the U.S. bishops at their fall general meeting in Baltimore is likely to overshadow what was discussed as they engage in three days of public sessions.

At the request of the Vatican, the vote to create a new commission to handle allegations of sexual misconduct by bishops was postponed for their Nov. 12-14 meeting. So, too, was a vote for a new set of standards of episcopal conduct, although both items will still be discussed.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Pope Francis to visit Morocco in March
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will make a two-day apostolic visit to Morocco next year, the Vatican announced. More ...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Bishops consider, comment on proposed pastoral against racism
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops took the first steps toward approving a pastoral letter against racism with the document's introduction Nov. 13 during their annual fall general meeting. More ...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Bishops spend second day discussing need for more action on abuse
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops gave a standing ovation Nov. 13 to Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, for his report on the widening abuse crisis in the church and his calls for more action from them to address the abuse. More ...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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