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Church that remains in nearly condemned town a gift from God, says pastor

Four bishops will lead a Marian pilgrimage to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Centralia, Pennsylvania, Aug. 26.

Boston seminary probe to keep cardinal from World Meeting of Families

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, scheduled to speak on "Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults" at the event in Ireland, will not attend as he oversees an inquiry into alleged sexual harassment.

Bishops need to collectively admit wrong, says author, seminary teacher

Dawn Eden Goldstein said that in light of the grand jury report, the call for public penance is "needed as an integral part of a larger effort on the part of the U.S. bishops to acknowledge wrongdoing on every level."

Cardinal DiNardo lays out plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

The president of the U.S. bishops called for investigating Archbishop McCarrick, opening a new way to report complaints against bishops and seeking better resolution of complaints, -- led by lay leaders with independence and authority.

Catholics express despair, disbelief, anger at new abuse revelations

After the first allegations of abuse against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick were publicized in mid-June, employees at the U.S. bishops' conference headquarters in Washington were bracing for calls from Catholics.

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

Even though the Pa. grand jury report is long and painful, knowing what happened is "the only way to fix these problems," wrote the 23 jurors who probed child sexual abuse in the church over 70 years.

Pope names Venezuelan prelate to top position in Secretariat of State

Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra, current nuncio to Mozambique, will take up his new position as "substitute secretary for general affairs" Oct. 15.

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said.

Statements from bishops of dioceses named in grand jury abuse report

The following are excerpts of statements, links to the full statements and other resources, made by the bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses named in a grand jury report Aug. 14 on clergy sexual abuse.

Archdiocese lays out 10 steps of care for children, aid to victims, in 15 years

Although the Philadelphia Archdiocese was not named in the new grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania, the church detailed reforms since 2003 to protect young people.