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Response to sexual abuse crisis tops agenda for bishops’ meeting

The firestorm surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis and the way some bishops handled allegations of abuse will dominate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall assembly Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore -- see an analysis.

The men in black habits show knack for making great beer at new brewery

It's a brand-new brewery with a tradition reaching back 1,500 years, its charisms including welcoming visitors and giving the monks involved a way to earn a living for Mount Angel Abbey.

Immigrant aid agencies urge end to family separation

A report from the leading Catholic and Lutheran agencies serving immigrants called on the federal government to stop separating children from their families and help families comply with immigration law.

Catholic deaf group re-energized with Masses, social media, youth

The Catholic Deaf Community of the Archdiocese of Portland was formed 60 years ago and recently was energized with Masses in sign language each Sunday, a website, social media and a youth group.

Faith-centered primary care clinic takes place of Iowa abortion facility

A building that was Planned Parenthood now is home to Life & Family Medical Clinic, a faith-centered primary care clinic, and the Women's Choice Center, which provides support for pregnant women, new parents and their families.

‘Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone’ suffering, says church official

The devastation of Hurricane Michael in parts of the Florida Panhandle rival last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and recovery could take years.

West Virginia cathedral hosts Forty Hours devotion for church healing

Participants at a Forty Hours devotion at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling were urged to pray for the church in the diocese, the United States and the world.

Washington Archdiocese releases names of priests accused of abuse

The Archdiocese of Washington has voluntarily released the names of abusive priests and stated that there have been no credible claims of abuse made against archdiocesan priests in almost 20 years.

Indiana attorney general asks high court to reverse block on abortion law

Signed in March 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence, the Dignity for the Unborn law also requires clinics and/or other health care facilities in possession of aborted or miscarried fetuses to dispose of them either by cremation or interment.

Many implications of Orthodox split remain unknown, says Catholic expert

The Russian Orthodox Church's rejection of the authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople brings into question pan-Orthodox activities like international dialogue with the Catholics.