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Vatican asks USCCB not to vote on sex abuse response proposals

The U.S. bishops were set to vote on proposed standards of episcopal conduct and the formation of a review board for complaints against bishops violating the standards. The Vatican wants a vote delayed until after a meeting of bishops in February.

Cardinal: Delay in vote on abuse response proposals a ‘bump in the road’

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston told reporters Nov. 12 that the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican requested that no vote be taken on the proposals during the bishops' fall general assembly.

Papal nuncio urges U.S. bishops to restore trust, bring about reform

Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the nation's church leaders to face the issue of clergy sexual abuse straight on, not to run from the challenges that confront them but "face them realistically and courageously."

Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I’s end

More than 300 people prayed in Washington as the archbishop for the Military Services said the gathering was not to "assign blame, look at causes or rejoice in victory," but to give thanks and beg God for peace.

Maryland pilgrims walk 50 miles ‘in penance and prayer’ for priesthood

Pilgrims arrived the day in Baltimore before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its fall assembly there Nov. 12-14. The clergy sexual abuse crisis, which precipitated the pilgrimage, topped the bishops' agenda.

San Francisco Catholics host Mass for the homeless, pray for deceased

Up to 7,500 residents of the city are homeless, and mortality is up to nine times higher among chronically homeless people, whose life expectancy is 25 years shorter than among the general population.

Final HHS rule confirms religious exemption to contraceptive mandate

The move allows "those with sincerely held religious or moral convictions opposing abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception to exclude such drugs and devices from their health plans," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo.

Religious groups made effort to drive their flocks to midterm voting

Many religious groups were able to mobilize their flocks and form coalitions with other denominations around issues such as feeding the hungry, immigration and refugee resettlement.

Atlanta archbishop releases list of credibly accused priests

In releasing a list Nov. 6 of the names of 15 priests, seminarians, and those under direct authority of a religious order "credibly" accused of sexual abuse of a minor, Archbishop Gregory expressed profound sorry, and renewed an apology for the damage abuse has done to "young lives," and families.

Kavanaugh could be deciding vote in Supreme Court death penalty case

The latest death penalty case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court was not about if a death-row prisoner should be executed, but how.