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Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Dublin, Ireland, Oct 24, 2017 / 04:11 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Prayer, reparation, and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation for the sins of priests.

Expert says on liturgy, Pope isn’t settling scores but harvesting fruits

A former executive director of the U.S. bishops' department on liturgy said Monday that by taking primary control over the translation of liturgical texts away from the Vatican and restoring it to local bishops' conferences, Pope Francis is doing more than settling historical scores from two decades ago. He is trying to "integrate" the Church's experience since Vatican II "and really balance everything."

Book says businesspeople are fascinated, bewildered by Pope Francis

Father Martin Schlag says Pope Francis's focus on the good entrepreneur rather than the state makes him a natural ally of authentic U.S. capitalism. Schlag says the pope teaches "everyone in society has to work towards helping the poor, lifting them up — and therefore he is for the good entrepreneur, the good individual who creates work."

Church in Kenya accuses NGO of giving girls contraception without parents’ consent

Students at a Catholic high school in Kenya claim a pro-abortion NGO implanted several students with the Norplant contraceptive device during a presentation that was supposed to be on health awareness. The local diocese says it is demanding answers to find out exactly what happened.

British bishops lament “tragic consequences” of 50 years of legalized abortion

Marking the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in most of the UK, the bishops of the country said the "challenge that faces our society today is to recover an understanding of the immeasurable good of each unborn child and to value his or her life with even greater respect.” The bishops also spoke against efforts to strip conscience protections from medical and other healthcare personnel when it comes to abortion.

Texas bishops criticize ACLU’s support for teen immigrant’s abortion

A 17-year-old from Central America is under federal custody in a shelter in Brownsville and seeking an abortion. She entered the United States in September and is in her 15th week of pregnancy. Texas bans most abortions after 20 weeks. "No one -- the government, private individuals or organizations -- should be forced to be complicit in abortion," the bishops of Texas said in a statement.

Europe at a crossroads

Paris, France, Oct 19, 2017 / 07:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Sunday, the people of Austria elected a new government. At 31 years of age, Sebastian Kurz is poised to become Europe's youngest head of government. The Chancellor-to-be of Austria is a Catholic who says of himself that he has a cross hanging in his apartment and that "the faith is very important to me", though he doesn't make it to church as often as he would like to.

Excluding people with disabilities makes Church 'incomplete'

Rome, Italy, Oct 19, 2017 / 04:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A leading expert on faith and disabilities has said that people with disabilities are an essential aspect of the Church's life and mission, and that parishes which exclude them are "incomplete."

Five keys to Catholic education, according to Cardinal Versaldi

Santiago, Chile, Oct 19, 2017 / 01:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, proposed last week five keys for pastoral education "to respond in depth to the current challenges of society."

U. S. Bishops to Vote for Conference Secretary, Chairman and Chairmen-Elect of Five Committees at Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 13-14

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be voting for the conference secretary, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty and chairmen-elect of five additional standing committees at the upcoming annual 2016 General Assembly taking place November 13-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. The five committee chairmen will serve for one year as chairmen-elect before beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the bishops' 2018 Fall General Assembly.  

Nominees for the Conference Secretary, Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty and Chairman-elect of each committee are as follows:

Conference Secretary:

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit

Committee on Communications:

Bishop John O. Barres, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Diocese of Arlington

Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church:

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Bishop Nelson J. Pérez, Diocese of Cleveland

Committee on Doctrine:

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, Diocese of Toledo

Committee on National Collections:

Bishop Joseph R. Cistone, Diocese of Saginaw
Archbishop Michael O. Jackels, Archdiocese of Dubuque

Committee on Pro-Life Activities:

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

Committee on Religious Liberty - Chairman:

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archdiocese of Louisville
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Coverage of the meeting is open to credentialed media. Sessions open to the media will be Monday, November 13, and Tuesday, November 14. Media conferences will follow the close of each open session. Reporters interested in covering the meeting can download a credential application form at:

Please submit credential form by November 7. You can submit your form via email to USCCB Media Relations, fax (202) 541-3173, or mail:

November Meeting Credentials
Office of Media Relations
3211 4th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194

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