Archive of December 17, 2013

Archbishop cooperates with investigation over 'touching' charge

Dec 17, 2013 - 07:13 pm .- Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago.

Pope appoints, confirms members of bishops' congregation

Dec 17, 2013 - 06:32 pm .- On Dec. 16 Pope Francis made appointments at the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010.

NY judge orders first permanent block against HHS mandate

Dec 17, 2013 - 06:02 pm .- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major victory.

Pope Francis declares sainthood of early Jesuit, Peter Faber

Dec 17, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Pope Francis recognized the sainthood of early Jesuit Peter Faber on Dec. 17 after holding a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Green Bay priest appointed bishop of Marquette, Mich.

Dec 17, 2013 - 12:42 pm .- Pope Francis has named Father John F. Doerfler of the Diocese of Green Bay as the next bishop of Marquette, Mich.

Pope Francis' 77th birthday marked with simple celebration

Dec 17, 2013 - 08:59 am .- December 17 is the 77th birthday of Pope Francis, who wanted to celebrate the day in the familial setting of his St. Martha residence.

Holiness means 'letting God write our history,' preaches Pope

Dec 17, 2013 - 05:52 am .- Pope Francis’ daily homily focused on the importance of allowing God to be active and present in our daily lives.

Release abducted nuns, Orthodox bishop urges Syrian rebels

Dec 17, 2013 - 04:08 am .- An Orthodox bishop in Syria has called for the release of 12 nuns kidnapped by Islamist rebels, saying they “have done no harm to anyone.”

Minn. archbishop grieves, issues apology over clergy sex abuse

Dec 17, 2013 - 02:04 am .- Archbishop John Nienstedt has apologized for sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis, urging Catholics to be hopeful that continued progress will be made in preventing the crimes.

Vatican secretary of state encourages diplomats to work for human dignity

Dec 17, 2013 - 12:09 am .- In his first meeting with the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin emphasized their role in working together towards peace and the good of man.

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