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Best practices? ‘What is best for victims,’ says California bishop

As the U.S. bishops pursue "best practices" in their dioceses on how to deal with another clerical sexual abuse scandal in their midst, Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, California, said best practices are simply "what is best for victims."

Bishops see much they can do despite no vote on steps to address abuse

What is left for the bishops to do? Perhaps not much as a group right now, but individually they still can do much within their own dioceses, according to bishops at a Nov. 14 news conference.

Young adults want ‘genuine leadership’ in church, bishop says

Near the close of the U.S. bishops' Baltimore meeting, the church leaders turned their attention to the concerns of Catholic youths and young adults.

University helps give former foster youth, homeless find a new beginning

The Torero Renaissance Scholars program offers comprehensive support specifically to students from the foster care system and those at risk for homelessness.

Trump’s new rule on asylum at border called contrary to existing law

A presidential order signed by Trump Nov. 9 said that people entering the country without documents over the next 90 days will not be eligible for asylum unless they present themselves formally at official ports of entry.

Jesuit priest who led teacher training center killed in South Sudan

Father Victor Luke Odhiambo, 62, died Nov. 14 when armed men stormed a church compound where he lived, said John Madol, Gok state information minister.

Archbishop Vigano loses inheritance lawsuit in Italian court

The longtime diplomat and former Vatican nuncio to the U.S. lost a suit filed by his brother, a priest, and must turn over almost $2 million. The archbishop also was sued by his sister, a nun.

Chilean cardinal ends C9 term, subpoenaed by prosecutors

Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, retired archbishop of Santiago, Chile, announced that his term as a member of Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals has ended.

Positive changes seen since 1978 pastoral on persons with disabilities

The pastoral looked at persons with disabilities and " their ability to be more fully engaged in the life of the church," Archbishop Kurtz said.

Pope meets Israeli president at the Vatican

Pope Francis welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the Vatican Nov. 15 for a private discussion that included the importance of building greater trust between Israelis and Palestinians.