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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.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Vatican officials attend Medjugorje youth festival
WARSAW, Poland – Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved Church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina were authorized by the Pope. More ...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Cuban Cardinal Ortega, longtime voice of Cuba's poor, dies at 82
VATICAN CITY – A proud Cuban who pressed for greater freedom for his Church and for an end to the U.S. embargo on his homeland, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, retired archbishop of Havana, died July 26 at the age of 82. More ...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Knights give $185M to charity, 76 million service hours in 2018
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In 2018, the Knights of Columbus gave $185.7 million to charity and donated 76.7 million hours of hands-on service. More ...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Vatican revises schedule for Pope's visit to Africa Sept. 4-10
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis's sixth foreign trip of 2019 will take him to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Sept. 4-10, the Vatican announced. More ...
Monday, August 5, 2019
In letter, Pope encourages priests dejected by abuse crisis
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis acknowledged the shame and frustration felt by priests who are discouraged by the actions of fellow clergy members who betrayed the trust of their flock through sexual abuse and abuse of conscience and power. More ...
Monday, August 5, 2019
Pope Francis joins prayers for victims of bloody weekend in U.S.
WASHINGTON – Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 29 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4. More ...
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Mass shootings an epidemic, USCCB president says after Ohio killings
"The lives lost this weekend confront us with a terrible truth. We can never again believe that mass shootings are an isolated exception." More ...
Sunday, August 4, 2019
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.

 
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Friday, July 26, 2019
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.

 
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Friday, July 26, 2019
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. More ...
Friday, July 26, 2019
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. More ...
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Secrecy of Confession must never be violated, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY – In the light of "a worrying negative prejudice" against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in Confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives. More ...
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Pope to canonize Blessed John Henry Newman

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will declare Blessed John Henry Newman, the 19th-century British cardinal, a saint Oct. 13. The British theologian will be canonized during a Mass at the Vatican along with a Swiss laywoman, an Indian nun, an Italian nun and a nun known as the "Mother Teresa of Brazil."

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Monday, July 1, 2019
Remains of Archbishop Sheen transferred from New York to Peoria Diocese
PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky announced June 27 that the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen were being transferred to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. More ...
Friday, June 28, 2019
Vatican-Israel accord of 1994 called 'action' step for 'Nostra Aetate'
NEW YORK – Jewish and Catholic leaders met in a spirit of joy and cooperation at a 25th anniversary celebration marking the Vatican's recognition of the state of Israel. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
California dioceses ask Catholics to urge lawmakers reject Confession bill
LOS ANGELES – Using social media, preaching, newspaper columns and letters read at Mass, the Los Angeles Archdiocese and California's other Catholic dioceses planned a special push over the June 15-16 weekend asking Catholics to urge their representatives in the state Assembly to reject a Confession bill. More ...
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Catholic aid group raises millions for persecuted Christians
VATICAN CITY – Aid to the Church in Need raised over 111 million euros ($125 million) in 2018 to help support persecuted Christians, particularly in the Middle East, where tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing war and conflicts over the last decade. More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration statement in response to imminent administration deportation plans
WASHINGTON – On June 17, President Donald J. Trump announced impending immigration enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Subsequent press reports on June 21 indicated that ICE has plans for an enforcement operation in major cities to remove thousands of migrant families with deportation orders. More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
World Refugee Day 2019 to be celebrated June 20
WASHINGTON -- World Refugee Day is observed in the United States and around the world on June 20. World Refugee Day, first celebrated in 2000, is designed to increase awareness of refugees. More ...
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Synod document raises possibility of married priests, roles for women
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. More ...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019



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