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Criminal charges against Minnesota archdiocese dropped

After a prosecutor dropped charges, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda admitted July 20 that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis failed in its handling of a former priest who pleaded guilty to abusing three brothers.

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for world

The 38-page document contains 14 new articles ruling on various aspects of life within monasteries and their jurisdiction, including a regulation outlining the criteria needed for a monastery to retain juridical autonomy or else be absorbed by another entity or face closure.

Clergy changes announced in archdiocese

Archbishop Charles Chaput announced assignments for five priests and deacons of the Philadelphia Archdiocese July 22.

Wurzburg church leaders warn against generalizing after ax attack

Markus Hauck, spokesman for Germany's Wurzburg Diocese said it was important not to use the incident "as a general indictment against refugees. It would be much more dangerous to suggest they all pose some kind of danger."

Pope encourages Neocatechumenal Way to keep co-founder’s spirit alive

UPDATED - Highlighting her love for Jesus and great missionary zeal, he encouraged members to carry on with her spirit.

Cleveland Diocese begins education efforts on ‘Faithful Citizenship’

"They (the bishops) make it very clear that we don't give up any aspect of citizenship to be a Catholic," Sister Ryan said.

Shootings of law enforcement officers shock victims’ friends

"The issue is not 'how you handle blacks or whites' but how you handle people" said Deacon Alfred Adams, emphasizing the issue is deeper than race -- it is a humanitarian issue.

New Yorkers gather to pray for local nun missing in Austria

Sister Eileen, 72, has not been heard from since July 6, when she notified her nephew in Long Island via an email from her iPad that she had arrived at a hostel in the Alpine village of Hallstatt, Austria.

‘Journey of Hope’ group tours Nebraska calling for end to death penalty

The group is led by the families of murder victims, former death-row inmates who were exonerated and family members of inmates currently on death row.

Former publisher of Our Sunday Visitor named to lead Catholic News Service

Greg Erlandson, 62, is the new director and editor-in-chief of the news service run by the U.S. Catholic bishops' conference. Catholic journalism, he said, should "pulse with relevancy and engagement."